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.
***Please Join us at our annual State House Awards Event February 9th, 2015***
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 Chief’s Association
Reverend David Lima, Greater New Bedford Suicide Prevention Coalition
Craig Miller, author, speaker and attempt survivor
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 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.
The meeting in January 2015 will be held on Thursday, January 22nd.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for time and place.
MetroWest– contact Eileen Davis at email@example.com
Bristol County– Contact Annemarie Matulis at firstname.lastname@example.org
Plymouth County–Contact email@example.com
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.