Thanks to you, a United Way youth-counselling program became the difference between life and death for Parker McDowell, who once struggled with mental health.  

Parker McDowell struggled with depression and suicidal feelings throughout his teens. For him, it was a revolving door of psychiatrists, medication and trouble with the law. But, because of gifts like yours, Parker accessed a drop-in counselling program for youth—just one of United Way’s many mental-health initiatives that provide crucial support to people, right when they need it—no waitlists, no appointments, and no fees required. Now, having finished high school and working, Parker’s on the path to a better tomorrow: “My thoughts are happy and I’m excited for the future,” he says.