One Health Donates $10K to Alta for Linkages Program

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – One Health Ohio and the Butterflies and Hope Memorial Foundation presented a $10,000 donation to Alta Care in support of their Linkages program and its commitment to educate children on depression and suicide. 

The funds will allow Alta to bring services to four additional schools in Mahoning and Trumbull counties, said CEO Joe Shorokey in a statement.

“The Linkages program will potentially extend its reach for depression and suicide education to potentially 700 more studnets and suicide screenings for up to 100 more students,” he continued.

The suicide rate in the United States rose 24% from 2007 to 2017, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Among people ages 10 to 24 years old, it jumped 56%.

“I would love to be able to completely stamp out all suicides and thus avoid the devastation suffered by those left behind,”said Dr. Ronald Dwinnells, CEO of One Health Ohio, “but if we can simply help identify just one more child and one more family to avoid loss and grief through this gift, then every penny was worth it.”

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.