Berkshire women raise money for suicide prevention

(Emily Thurlow)
Bertha Connelley, left, and Lee Watroba.

BOSTON — Two board members of a Berkshire-based coalition are hoping to shed some light on a difficult subject: suicide.

Together, Bertha Connelley of Lee and Lee Watroba of Becket plan to walk all night in Boston this Saturday as part of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s annual Out of the Darkness Overnight Walk to raise money and awareness for suicide prevention.

“There’s not always a space to talk about suicide,” said Connelley. “It’s a mental health issue that often gets stigmatized and thrives in the darkness.”

Connelley and Watroba both serve on the Berkshire Coalition for Suicide Prevention, as vice-president and president, respectively, as well as the state American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) board and have dedicated efforts to seeing the mission of both organizations through. The pair also work together at Stockbridge-based psychiatric hospital and residential treatment facility Austen Riggs Center.

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