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.

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**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).

January 11th 3-5pm General Membership meeting
March 7th 3-5 General Membership
March 14 State House Day *Held at the Massachusetts State House from 8:30am to 12pm
April 6 Advocacy Day
May 9th 3-5 General Membership meeting
July 11 3-5 General Membership meeting
Sept. 8 Kickoff Breakfast *Location TBA, 8-11am
November 14th 3-5 General Membership meeting

**Save the Date for The Department of Public Health Annual Suicide Prevention Conference**

Overcoming Challenges: Suicide Prevention Across the Lifespan

April 4-5th, 2016


International Suicide Prevention Day Statewide Events:

Cape and Islands Regional Coalition— Ribbon Ceremony September 8th, 11:15-12:30  Barnstable County Superior Courthouse front lawn (on 6A)- Meeting and light refreshments to follow at the Harborview Conference Room.

Ribbon Ceremony September 10th Noon, Nantucket Atheneum, 1 India Street. Samaritans of Cape Cod and the Islands will also hold a Safe Harbor support group meeting at 1pm for those who have lost someone to suicide.

Out of the Darkness Walk September 17th, Cape Cod Canal, Sagamore


Central MA Coalition/ AFSP—Sept 10th–Out of the Darkness Walk in Worcester

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention—Sept 10th Butler Memorial Ride to Fight Suicide motorcycle event in Tyngsboro


Bristol County Regional Coalition—Sept 10th—Taunton, MA Hope and Healing Suicide Prevention Ribbon Tree,

Sept. 17th 2nd annual Light the Way Suicide Prevention Motorcycle Run,

Sept. 18th, 7th Annual Light the Walk for Suicide Prevention (Taunton, Fall River: sponsored by BCRCSP, Bristol County DA’s Office, Community Counseling of Bristol County and the Taunton and Fall River Kitchen Table Conversation Grief Support for Suicide Loss Survivors)

Sept. 24—Finding Inner Peace Retreat Workshop for families and friends of suicide attempt survivors

The Coalition will also be participating in 3 local cable access programs throughout September, as well as suicide prevention PSAs on YouTube and Vimeo


Berkshire County Regional Coalition—Out of the Darkness Walk Sept. 10th


Montachusett Suicide Prevention Task Force— Ride for Your Life 8/21/16


Plymouth County Regional Coalition—Rock and Roll Cosmic Bowling Night Fundraiser  9/17/2016 7-10pm Alley Kat Lanes, Kingston


Metrowest Regional Coalition—9/6—launch of Facebook page, scheduled public service announcement in local newspaper

9/8:  Awareness event at Framingham State University

9/14:  SPARK Kindness speaker event in Natick

9/21:  Framingham State University self care event with Screening for Mental Health

9/24 & 9/25:  ASIST Training

9/27:  Patch Adams event with Advocates Inc.



9/6: Fall Call Taker training which will add capacity to phone support services across the state

9/20:  Volunteer Appreciation @ Call2Talk


Screening for Mental Health-  will be engaging social media around National Suicide Prevention Day for both SMH and MassMen.  Our theme for National Depression Screening Day this year is Stop a Suicide Today, we are updating our www.stopasuicide.org website and will have a page promotional partners.

We are working on a tool kit that anyone can customize for press and social media. 

Boston Samaritans — has asked the MBTA to add the IASP ribbon to all the digital signage that week and increase the frequency of the messaging.  Promotion on social media including for our 5K Walk/Run for Suicide Prevention scheduled on October 1st will include calling out National Suicide Prevention Day.

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


2016 Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention Organizational Members

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

Bournewood Hospital
Community Counseling of Bristol County

Eliot Community Human Services
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)


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
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


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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 co-chair Ron White at RWhite@samaritanshope.org.

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

Central MA – contact Steve Boczenowski at boczeno@gmail.com or Megan DeNubila at DeNubilaM@worcesterma.gov for more information

Pioneer Valley – Meets the 3rd Thursday of every other month.  Contact 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

Montachusett Suicide Prevention Task Force--Contact Nora Salovardos at Nora.Salovardos@heywood.org or Barbara Nealon at barbara.nealon@heywood.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.

Suicide Prevention Data Bulletin – Winter 2015

Data Summary–Winter 2016


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.




News & Events

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


Workshops and Trainings

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