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Awareness and Prevention of Suicide and Depression Focus of Annual Event

PUTNAM – As Particle Accelerator marks its 10th Anniversary this year, the critical work promoting awareness and education about suicide and depression has never been more important, as federal data released Friday showed suicide rates steadily increased from 1999 to 2014, hitting their highest rate in nearly 30 years at 13 per 100,000.

The federal analysis, released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics stated that suicide is one of the 10 leading causes of death overall and within each age group 10-64. Suicide rates have increased steadily since 1999 and at a higher annual percent increase since 2006, according to the CDC. For more information on the data, visit

2016 marks the 10th Annual Particle Accelerator: A Day of Music and Hope, to be held Saturday, June 11, 2016 in Rotary Park in downtown Putnam. The free, all day music festival features 20 bands playing music of all genres and for all ages. The concert begins at noon and will continue until 11 p.m.

The annual benefit concert has two main goals. The first is to raise funds and awareness to support United Services, Inc., one of Connecticut’s most comprehensive private, non-profit behavioral health centers, providing mental and behavioral health education, prevention, treatment and social services to the children, adults and families of northeastern Connecticut since 1964.

United Services is available 24/7/365 at 860-774-2020 for people experiencing a mental health crisis.

The second goal is to provide information and support for depression and suicide prevention, while promoting music and civic engagement as a healthy alternative to drug and alcohol abuse among young adults.

The festival is held in memory of local musician Jack Young, Jr., who died by suicide on his 27th birthday in 2007, and organized by local residents, business owners, musicians and artists. In addition to the concert, the family-friendly festival will also feature art displays, children’s activities and booths from local nonprofit organizations providing information on various local behavioral health and human services.

In nine years, Particle Accelerator has raised more than $38,000 for local mental health services. Last year’s festival raised more than $8,000, a figure organizers hope to top this year.

Local businesses are encouraged to support Particle Accelerator and suicide and depression awareness and education activities in northeastern Connecticut throughout the year. For more information on how to get involved, check out the 2016 Particle Packet or visit

Joan St. Ament, Vice President and Branch Manager for the Savings Institute Bank & Trust Brooklyn office and Deborah Kennett, Assistant Vice President for Savings Institute, presented United Services President/CEO Diane Manning and organizers of Particle Accelerator with a $500 Gold Sponsorship of the event Friday.

Community sponsors who have already committed their support of this year’s event are: Premiere Sponsor United Lens; Gold Sponsors Quality Resourcing Services, LLC, Deary’s Gymnastics Supply, Savings Institute Bank & Trust, Wheelabrator Putnam; and Byrnes Agency; Silver Sponsors WINY Radio. Daniel R. Santos CPA LLC, and Brooklyn Cares; and Bronze Sponsors Gerardi Insurance, D.H. Copeland Builders; Spirol International, Saveway Petroleum, Saratopoulos & Sarantopoulos, Rawson Materials, Hometown Heating, Putnam Bank, Jewett City Savings Bank, Quest Martial Arts, Putnam Plastics and Valvoline Instant Oil Change.

Photo caption: Savings Institute Bank & Trust presented United Services and the organizers of Particle Accelerator with a $500 sponsorship Friday. The annual benefit concert will be held June 11 in Putnam’s Rotary Park and raises awareness for suicide and depression and funds for United Services. From left: United Services President/CEO Diane L. Manning, Particle co-founder Eric Gould, Savings Institute Brooklyn Manager Joan St. Ament, Particle co-founders Grace Young, Jack Young and Sandy Gould, and Savings Institute Assistant Vice President Deborah Kennett.