Local restaurants, including two in Severna Park, are banding together to help prevent teen suicide.
Proceeds from eight restaurants across Anne Arundel will go toward the county's Youth Suicide Awareness Action Team, according to a press release from Anne Arundel County Public Schools. The push comes during National Suicide Prevention Week, Sept. 8-14.
The donated proceeds will be used to fund a variety of programs at Anne Arundel County high schools and other locations across the county.
The Youth Suicide Awareness Action Team works to address teen suicide and related emotional issues, such as depression. The team is comprised of representatives from county agencies, including local schools. More than 18,000 people have been trained in how to recognize suicidal ideation and how to direct them toward help.
The following restaurants will be donating a portion of their proceeds on the listed dates:
Monday, September 9:
The Grill at Quarterfield Station, 7704 D Quarterfield Road, Glen Burnie
Tuesday, September 10:
Brian Boru, 489 Ritchie Highway, Severna Park
Galway Bay, 63 Maryland Ave., Annapolis
Killarney House, 584 W. Central Ave., Davidsonville
Wednesday, September 11:
Green Turtle Pasadena, 20 Magothy Beach Road, Pasadena
Chevy’s Annapolis, 2430 Solomons Island Road, Annapolis
Thursday, September 12:
Ledo’s Pizza – Severna Park, 552 Ritchie Highway, Severna Park
Bella Napoli – Pasadena, 350 Mountain Road, Pasadena
Also in conjunction with National Suicide Prevention Week, local mom Dottie Pacharis, whose son committed suicide, is sharing her story at Woods Memorial Church in Severna Park on September 11.
You can hear Pacharis' story as well as more information on suicide prevention from a panel of representatives from Anne Arundel Medical Center, Baltimore-Washington Medical Center, schools, churches and the community on September 11.