On average 20 veterans a day commit suicide.
"Veterans are about 6 percent of the population but they are 20 percent of the suicide rate right now. That is something we as a community, we as veterans, we as active service members, can all work on to help those veterans as they transition back into this very strange life," said Darren Bean, the president of the Warrior Thunder Foundation, a non-profit organization who focus on helping veterans from even getting to that point.
The local agencies which serve individuals with autism don't want to just raise awareness in April. They want to celebrate what those individuals bring to the community.
On Friday night at AdLib, the College Internship Program. Glee Club showed that off. The club took to the front of the room to sing songs and play guitar. Next to them was a display and pieces of artwork created by local residents with autism - a tie in with the First Friday Art Walk program the city runs.
Some 43 children are diagnosed with cancer every day. More than 100,000 children under the age of 15 are diagnosed with cancer every year in the United States alone.
The figures are staggering. More than 40,000 children undergo treatment for cancer every day and, while the survival rate is high at 83 percent, more than half of survivors develop health problems related to their treatment.
For the caregivers of persons with Alzheimer's, every day can feel like the longest day of the year.
It's a disease that often takes years to be noticed and when it is, many people don't know what to go or where to go. The Berkshire Alzheimer's Partnership is working to give those caregivers the support and resources they need and on Monday, the longest day of the year, the group turned Park Square purple to spread awareness of the disease.
Starting at sunrise on Monday, June 20, the longest day of the year, Pittsfield's Park Square will be transformed into a giant timepiece as a way to bring attention to the endurance, strength, and commitment to life of those with Alzheimer's and their caregiver. It's a day that highlights that every day can seem like the longest when one is a caregiver.
The downtown corridor will be lit up blue this month to raise awareness of autism.
Blue lights have been placed in Park Square, at City Hall, and in windows of various businesses on North Street in part of the Hillcrest Educational Foundation's Light It Up Blue campaign. This is the second year of it and the program has grown to include a resource fair, connecting parents of autistic children with resources.