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.
**MCSP Meetings and Events**
Below is the tentative schedule for 2016 General Membership meetings (subject to change). All meetings are held from 3:00 to 5:00 pm and are held at Justice Resource Institute, 160 Gould St, Needham MA (unless otherwise indicated).
**Save the Date for the 2016 DPH Suicide Prevention Conference- Learning From Within: Inspiring Hope, Saving Lives: Suicide Prevention Across the Lifespan**
April 27th and 28th at the Sheraton Framingham Hotel and Conference Center, Framingham MA
**Save the Date for MCSP’s Annual State House Awards Event – MARCH 14th, 2016**
2015/2016 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
Lynn Jolicoeur, WBUR, Leadership in Responsible Reporting award
*** Save the date: Speak Up to Save Lives: Suicide Prevention in Massachusetts
2016 Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention Organizational Members
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) Boston and Western Massachusetts Chapters
Berkshire Medical Center
Community Counseling of Bristol County
Eliot Community Human Services
Justice Resource Institute (JRI)
Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling
Riverside Community Care
Screening for Mental Health
William James College (formerly Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology)
Families for Depression Awareness
Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JF&CS)
Austin Riggs Center
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
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
Sign up to become a member
Regional Coalition Meetings (for contact information click here)
Berkshire – Contact Peggy at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Meeting: All 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 email@example.com.
Northeast – Our next meeting is Thursday, December 3 from 1 to 3 pm at Family Services of the Merrimack Valley, 430 North Canal Street in Lawrence. For more information, contact Debbie Helms at firstname.lastname@example.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. Contact Robert Reardon at email@example.com for time and place.
MetroWest – contact Eileen Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org
Bristol County – Contact Annemarie Matulis at email@example.com
Plymouth County – Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Suicide Prevention Training Calendar
New Massachusetts Data Released
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.
Latest U.S. Suicide Data Released
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has released the suicide data for 2013. 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.org to 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.