Pam Ortiz Band to play benefit concerts

The Pam Ortiz Band will perform benefit concerts at 7 p.m. Sept. 29 and 3 p.m. Sept. 30 in Chestertown for For All Seasons "No Matter What ... You Matter" suicide prevention campaign.

According to the Center for Disease Control, every 13 minutes someone dies by suicide and, for every suicide, 25 suicide attempts are made. This fall, to help create awareness about this community mental health issue, For All Seasons will host two events to kick off its second annual "No Matter What ... You Matter" campaign.

This year, the suicide prevention campaign goes to Chestertown for the first time, with benefit concerts by The Pam Ortiz Band at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, at Robert Ortiz Studios at 207C S. Cross Street in Chestertown. Tickets are $25. Chester River Wine and Cheese Co. will be selling wine and mini-cheese boards beginning at 6 p.m. All proceeds will benefit For All Seasons.

On Friday, Oct. 5, from 5 to 8 p.m., For All Seasons will host its second kickoff in Easton at the Bartlett Pear Inn at 28 South Harrison Street. The free event will include refreshments and live music. The event is part of the First Friday stroll through the galleries and shops in Easton.

The campaign is being organized by For All Seasons committee members Diane Flagler, Allie Prell and Amy Steward. Members of the Easton Business Alliance are donating a portion of sales on specific dates during the campaign week toward For All Seasons’ suicide prevention work. In 2017, the campaign raised $20,000 from 26 businesses.

Again this year, a number of Easton businesses are participating, with more signing on every day. To date, these businesses include: Bay Pilates, Curlique, Dragonfly, Ebbtide Wellness, Fitness Rx, Out of the Fire, La De Da, Piazza Italian Market, Sonny’s of NY Pizza, Trade Whims, Trippe Gallery. Additional sponsors include Bartlett Pear Inn, Hair of the Dog, Laser Letters, Ed and Beth Anne Langrell, Diane Flagler.

For All Seasons wants people to know that if they think a friend or family member is considering suicide, they should reach out to that person. Talking about suicidal thoughts and feelings can save a life. The following steps can help people begin the conversation:

1) Ask directly “Are you having suicidal thoughts?”: Let them know you care.

2) Stay and listen: Let them share their thoughts and feelings.

3) Get help: Connect them with a friend, family member or a therapist at For All Seasons.

For All Seasons provides trauma certified individual, family and group therapy; child, adolescent and adult psychiatry; and crisis and advocacy services for child, adolescent and adult victims of sexual assault, rape and trauma.

Follow For All Seasons on Facebook to find out how to get involved. For more information, call Monika Mraz at 410-822-1018 or visit forallseasonsinc.org/youmatter.

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