Welcome to the Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention website

Since 1999, the Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention (MCSP) has been working to bring about awareness and mobilize community action in response to the public health crisis of suicide in the Commonwealth, a tragedy that claims more lives in the state than homicide and HIV/AIDS.

The MCSP seeks to be a catalyst for action and a powerful voice for change. We are citizens, community leaders, advocates, legislators, public health officials, mental health leaders, survivors of suicide attempts and families who have lost loved ones to suicide — working together to stem the tide of suicide.

We will only be successful in our mission to save lives if we all work in partnership. The MCSP seeks to serve as a bridge between those on the front lines of suicide prevention and local communities seeking to make their communities safe and healthy. We seek to be a focal point for exchanging ideas and a clearinghouse for suicide prevention activities in the state.



September 10th, 2015

College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA

Registration and Breakfast: 8-9am




2015 MCSP Leadership in Suicide Prevention Award Recipients:

Representative Alice Peisch and Representative Denise Garlick

Sergeant Major William Davidson of the MA Army National Guard

Jeff Perrotti, founding director of MA DESE’s Safe Schools Program for LGBTQ students

Commissioner Joseph Conant, President of the Western Mass. Fire Chiefs’ Association

Reverend David Lima, Greater New Bedford Suicide Prevention Coalition

Craig Miller, author, speaker and attempt survivor


Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention Organizational Members 2015:




American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) Boston and Western Massachusetts Chapters

Berkshire Medical Center

Community Counseling of Bristol County

Heywood Hospital

Justice Resource Institute (JRI)

Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling

Riverside Community Care

Samaritans, Inc.

Screening for Mental Health

William James College (formerly Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology)



Families for Depression Awareness

Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JF&CS)




Center for Human Development

The Josh Anderson Foundation

Metro Suburban Recovery Learning Community

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Massachusetts


Samaritans of Merrimack Valley/ Family Services of the Merrimack Valley

The Samaritans on Cape Cod and the Islands

The Samaritans of Fall River/ New Bedford

See a New Sun Foundation

Tapestry Health

Teenage Anxiety and Depression Solutions (TADS)


Mass Coalition for Suicide Prevention’s online mental health screening program.

Take an anonymous screening for a quick way to identify whether you or a family member may be experiencing symptoms associated with an illness and whether follow-up with a professional may be beneficial. We encourage you to take advantage of this service without obligation and you can be assured all responses are strictly confidential. Upon completing the screening, information on local resources will be made available. Click here





Regional Coalition Meetings (for contact information click here)

Berkshire – Contact Peggy at peggyf@verizon.net

Cape and Islands –  2nd Thursday of every other month at 11:15 in rooms 11/12 at the Barnstable Superior Courthouse, 3195 Main Street, Barnstable, MA

Greater Boston –  Next MeetingAll future meetings will be held bi-monthly (odd months) on the first Thursday of each month from 9:30-11AM. The meetings will be held at Samaritans on 41 West St, Boston MA 02111.

If you plan to attend, please notify either co-chairs, Ron White at RWhite@samaritanshope.org or Tony Dellovo at tdellovo@mentalhealthscreening.org.

We are always looking for new members, so if you are interested in working to reduce suicide in Boston please come to share your ideas about how we can help!

Northeast — For more information, contact Debbie Helms at dhelms@fsmv.org or call (978) 327-6671.

Central MA–contact Paige Bik at BikP@worcesterma.govBikP@worcesterma.gov for more information

Pioneer Valley –-Meets the 3rd Thursday of every other month.  Contct Robert Reardon at rreardon@tapestryhealth.org for time and place.

MetroWest– contact Eileen Davis at eileen.davis@uwotc.org

Bristol County— Contact Annemarie Matulis at matulisannie@msn.com

Plymouth County–Contact plymouthcountypreventssuicide@gmail.com


Suicide Prevention Training Calendar:




The updated data summary for suicide and self-inflicted injuries in Massachusetts has just been released by the Mass. Department of Public Health and the Injury Surveillance Program.  Click on the link below to get the most up to date statistics.




The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has released the suicide data for 2010.  Click on the link below to get this information.




Samaritans Statewide Helpline the number  1 877 870 HOPE (4673)

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number is 1 800 273 – TALK (8255)

For a list of emergency services resources across the state, click here


If you are having trouble coping after a disaster, please visit www.StayStrongBoston.orgto find help. After a disaster, many survivors, loved ones of victims, or first responders are at risk for distress. If you have been feeling down, stressed or out of control, this screening may help you decide if the time for mental health treatment is now.


MassMen.org–Massachusetts Mental Health Resources for Men– MassMen.org is a comprehensive resource for Massachusetts men and their loved ones, offering statewide mental health information, resources, and online self-assessments.




News & Events

Please join us at our next General Membership Meeting: for more information email info@masspreventssuicide.org


Workshops and Trainings

CDC offers free online violence prevention course that includes suicide prevention
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