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.
Thank you to everyone who joined us for our Annual Kickoff Breakfast, Wednesday September 10th at Holy Cross!
Please join us for our next General Membership Meeting, November 17th, 2014
***Save the Date for our annual State House Awards Event February 9th, 2015***
We are currently soliciting nominations for our MCSP Leadership in Suicide Prevention Awards for 2015. Please note that that all nominations must be detailed, complete and able to stand alone. Because of the large number of nominations we receive and the time involved in reviewing the nominations, meeting to discuss the nominations, and making recommendations to the Executive Committee for their approval, we do not have the luxury of seeking any additional or missing information. So please make sure that when you submit your nomination form it gives us a really clear picture of why this person/organization should be considered for the award.
You may email, mail or fax your nomination form before December 3rd to Debbie Helms, c/o Samaritans of Merrimack Valley, 430 North Canal Street, Lawrence, MA 01840 or firstname.lastname@example.org or fax it to 978-327-6601
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 email@example.com
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.
The meeting in January 2015 will be held on Thursday, January 8th.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call (978) 327-6671.
Central MA–contact Barry Feldman at Barry.Feldman@umassmed.edu for more information
Pioneer Valley --Meets the 3rd Thursday of every other month. Contct 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 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.