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.


Mark Your Calendars!

The MA Department of Public Health Suicide Prevention Program presents the

13th Annual Suicide Prevention Conference:

“The Future of Suicide Prevention: Suicide Prevention Across the Lifespan”

April 16th & 17th,  2014

The Sheraton Framingham Hotel & Conference Center

Please click link for brochure and registration:


Please check all tabs for information!

A note from lessons learned from past conferences:  Many of you have expertise in your own areas so that you may know as much as a conference presenter.  We encourage you to try something new, step outside the box and consider attending workshops on topics or populations that are new to you!

Before selecting your workshops please click the “Workshop Descriptions” tab to view ALL workshop descriptions and agenda. 

We hope to see you there!


The Department of Public Health Annual Suicide Prevention Conference–The Future of Suicide Prevention: Suicide Prevention Across the Lifespan–April 16th and 17th, 2014 at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center, Framingham MA.

Keynote speakers Alan (Lanny) Berman, PhD–Executive Director of the American Association of Suicidology and

Craig Miller, author of This Is How It Feels and attempt survivor




Regional Coalition Meetings

Berkshire - Contact Peggy at peggyf@verizon.net

Cape and Islands -  March 13th, 2014 at 11:15 in rooms 11/12 at the Barnstable Superior Courthouse, 3195 Main Street, Barnstable, MA

Greater Boston -  Contact Roberta Hurtig at rhurtig@samaritanshope.org or call (617) 536-1340

Northeast – March 13th,  from 2:00 to 4:00 pm; for more information, contact Debbie Helms at dhelms@familyserviceinc.com or call (978) 327-6671.

Central MA–contact Barry Feldman or Paul Richard for more information

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

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)


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.



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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