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Pick With Austin is a 501(c)3 certified nonprofit foundation that operates in the memory of Texas teen guitarist, Alan Curley.

The purpose and mission of PICK WITH AUSTIN is to help educate and elevate a community awareness about the dangers of depression as it contributes to potential thoughts of suicide, particularly in young people, but also as associated with our military and their families.

We use Alan's Gift of Music to draw attention and to enhance this awareness. We provide donated guitars to kids and teens in hospitals, in youth groups and ministries, and/or to those who have been identified in some way of being potentially "at risk" of depression.


We have no paid staff - 100% of all donations go 100% into our services



Pick With Austin implements hands-on participation within the community.  While we definitely support research, as well as  the collection of data and statistics as they relate to mental health, depression and suicide related topics, our primary purpose is to interact "in the trenches," so to speak, with young people who are at-risk of depression.  We believe that depression, coupled with depressive situations, can lead to things such as mental health  issues, self harm, lowered self esteem, and potentially suicidal thoughts. 

While we acknowledge that there is no proven cure or all perfect solution to these things, there can be attention given to individuals who fit the potential  at-risk profiles.  Many of the outreach programs that Pick With Austin has founded, or is taking part in, address those situations directly. 

While some of Pick With Austin's  programs have matured, others are still in the implementation phase.  All of our current programs that we either have developed, or are a participating part of, are as follows:  

Juvenile Justice System
  • Provide guitars and musical instruments to individuals who are temporarily in the juvenile justice system  (they can go home with the  teens when they leave)
  • Provide guitars for the Justice Center (these guitars stay resident)
  • Meet with teens to discuss guitars and music and promote creative outlets as alternatives to depression
  • Discussions also include goal setting, self worth, making proper choices, and community respect
  • Provide general guitar orientation (guitar basics class)
  • Provide regular ongoing guitar lessons
Alan's Hope Project
  • Meets regularly with County Commissioner, Justices of the Peace, Law Enforcement, and Mental Health Professionals
  • Work toward goals of strengthening reliability of  county suicide data and statistics
  • Seek community outreach programs and events to promote suicide prevention awareness
  • Plan yearly Suicide Prevention Week agenda and events
  • Developed an educational training program geared toward teens
  • Empower youth to identify warning signs of suicide and teach them how to respond when peers may be at risk
  • Train trainers that can provide education to teens to meet above goal(s)
  • Conduct training classes for teens through youth groups, schools, and various other community organizations
  • Visit WilcoTeens4Teens Facebook Page
Community Outreach
  • Pick With Austin takes part in local  non-profit networking sessions, and mental health task force meetings to maintain a prescence in the community
  • Pick With Austin representatives speak to youth groups, at events, colleges, ministries, and at other opportunities where a community voice can be heard
  • Pick With Austin distributes literature (both hard copy and digital online) designed to make people aware of resources available for suicide prevention and when seeking help in crisis or for related mental health or crisis services
  • Pick With Austin maintains a relationship with local and national music stores and manufacturers in order to spread awareness through their customer base
  • Pick With Austin funds and operates an online safe chat site where individuals can anonymously discuss their feelings and issues in a safe environment from their computer or via smart phone (chatsuicide.org)
Individual Referrals
  • Youth are referred to our program by psychiatrists, case managers, counselors, local youth groups, hospitals, and psychiatric hospitals
  • Pick With Austin has donated guitars and other musical instruments to over 300 youth in the Central Texas area since 2010
  • Guitars and related services may be requested using our available request form

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a guitar or other services.

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Pick With Austin funds unique new Peer Support Group online...

Pick With Austin funds a one-of-a-kind online peer-to-peer support group; live chat room via your smart phone app or computer, and a message posting forum. This support group is not a crisis line, and it is not facilitated by therapists, crisis volunteers, or professionals.  Anonymous participation is between individuals with lived experience with mental health situations, PTSD, depression, grief, and/or suicidal and self harm tendancies or thoughts.  Please feel free to visit the group at ChatSuicide.org and join in the support community. 



The official blog site of one of Pick With Austin's Board Members...

 Phil's Light

Spiritual Journeying Through Suicide Grief–Compassion Advocate–Raising awareness regarding: suicide, stigma, PTSD, addiction, abuse and more…


Pick With Austin adds focus on Military and Military Families...

Military and PTSD

Pick With Austin recognizes that suicide is often the end result of issues stemming from depression, PTSD, and other potential mental health issues.  For this reason, we are developing future goals to include focus on the individuals who serve our country through the military, as well as their families.


        We are a member of the Texas Suicide Prevention Council, Williamson County Mental Health Task Force, Teens4Teens, and the Alan's Hope Project


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