For the second year this September, University Park will join communities across Maryland with the University Park "Goes Purple" campaign--an effort to raise awareness of substance addiction and suicide prevention and to educate residents about available resources.
Each evening in September, Town Hall will be illuminated in purple. The Town will also post banners and signs to promote awareness. Every home is invited to participate; simply swap out your porch light for a purple light (i.e., black light) or display other outdoor purple lights. If people ask questions about your decorations, tell them about our awareness campaign.
None of us are immune to the negative consequences when a family member or friend succumbs to their addictions or thoughts of self-harm, but a supportive community like ours can help at-risk people through crises. Anyone contemplating self-harm, experiencing a mental health or substance use crisis can connect with a local behavioral health crisis specialist through the 9-8-8 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline. Call or text 9-8-8 or chat online at 988Lifeline.org. The crisis line provides services in English and Spanish and can provide translation in over 150 additional languages.
Mayor, Town of University Park
301.351.0553 - Cellular (text for a faster response)
301.927.4262 - Office