J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. of Lowell will donate $1.25 million to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the company announced Tuesday.
The money will support national AFSP programs that include education and community resources to foster communication about mental health and suicide prevention. J.B. Hunt and AFSP have partnered previously on suicide prevention education at J.B. Hunt and in the local community.
“The effects of suicide are felt across all cultures, ages, races, and genders,” said Stuart Scott, the chief information officer at J.B. Hunt. “Now, more than ever, we want to lend support to new, inclusive, and innovative ways to positively impact those who are at risk for suicide or struggling with their mental health.”
J.B. Hunt participated in AFSP’s “Out of the Darkness” Walk on Sept. 26 as part of National Suicide Prevention Awareness month.
“We have an enormous opportunity to prevent suicide, but we cannot do it alone,” AFSP CEO Robert Gebbia said. “We are grateful for J.B. Hunt’s commitment to bring suicide prevention education into communities across the country, and optimistic about the positive impact our collaboration will make in reaching our goal to reduce the annual suicide rate 20% by the year 2025.”