Team TATS hosted an all-day, all ages concert event at Circles on Saturday, April 14 to raise awareness and help prevent suicide. Due to the recent rise in teen suicides in the area, the organization Team TATS (Teens Against Teen Suicide) has created a presence in the Greater Milford Area offering pre-teens and teens alternative outlets that are fun and safe.
The event held at Circles on Saturday gave an opportunity for area teens to listen to music performed by their peers and offered a venue for these young adults to interact with each other in a safe environment. The group Team TATS will be hosting teen events on the first Friday of every month moving forward in an attempt to bring kids together for suicide prevention.
Saturday’s event was started as organizers became involved with local mother Debbie Krueger after her teenage son attempted to commit suicide earlier this year. Debbie set up a Facebook page to keep Anthony’s friends and family aware of his progress to recovery. Seeing this outreach to the community, locals Tammy Hurd, Linda Behrns and several local parents started Team TATS to brings teens together in preventing suicide in their own communities.
“Being a substitute teacher for Milford and PolyTech High Schools I have seen how these tragedies have affected the kids,” commented Ms. Hurd. “These events provide a positive environment where they feel comfortable to talk with each other and adults.”
On Saturday, event goers heard from bands including As Alice Sleeps, VIA and Tower. Circles suspended all alcohol sales during the event with a focus on pre-teen and teen kids. Proceeds will be donated to help with local suicide prevention and awareness programs and continue the monthly events for teens in the surrounding communities.
The next event planned by Team TATS will be held on Thursday, May 12 at Circles in Milford. The organization also plans to have an outdoor event in downtown Milford in the near future. To get involved with Team TATS individuals are urged to join their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/groups/teamtats or contact Tammy Hurd at www.facebook.com/tammy.hurd1.