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A ground-breaking ceremony was held in Ayer this week for the second Habitat for Humanity house to be built in that community.

Planned for Central Ave., this house will be a duplex, providing a home for not one family but two. The land, in tax title, will now be put to good use, returning the property to the town’s tax roles.

Voters at the upcoming Town Meeting will be asked to allow $100,000 from the town’s Community Preservation Fund to be used toward helping to fund the project.

State Sen. Jamie Eldridge called Ayer a leader in supporting Habitat for Humanity and in looking out for the less fortunate.

Maggie Monroe-Cassel, executive director for Habitat for Humanity of North Central Massachusetts, said that Habitat for Humanity has served 4 million people. It offers “the hope that some people are looking for.”

In a compelling statement, she added, “Communities can change lives just by picking up a hammer.”

Light of hope

Mental health will be the topic of a roundtable discussion Oct. 29 in Groton.

Teenage Anxiety and Depression Solutions president and founder Steve Boczenowski and a panel of 18 people knowledgeable in the field will work to determine the state of mental health in the Groton and Dunstable communities.

Mental illness is an exceedingly difficult disease from which to suffer. It can be harder to diagnose and treat than other ailments. Professionals that actually accept health insurance can be difficult to find and if hospitalization is needed, not only is a bed illusive but insurance companies often don’t allow a patient the time needed in-hospital for treatment.

Most people have suffered from pain at one time or another. So we can begin to imagine the suffering of someone else even if we did not experience the same injury or illness.

But mental illness is different. For those who have not experienced it,its symptoms, the feeling of it, cannot be imagined. Death can seem preferable to the suffering and hopelessness.

TADS is making a difference in the awareness and treatment of mental illness. Because of TADS, young people in schools throughout the area, and their families, now have access to resources and help.

It’s essential that understanding, knowledge and outreach go hand in hand, offering the light of hope to those suffering the unique pain of mental illness.

The sufferer should never feel that death is the only option.

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