Welcome to the Mass. Coalition for Suicide Prevention (MCSP) – Greater Boston Region
For more information please contact the co-chair –Lakhana Peou, Co-chair: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Lakhana.
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!
Mini Grant Recipients:
The Greater Boston Regional Coalition for Suicide Prevention is pleased to announce the recipients for their mini-grant awards:
- Jewish Family and Children’s Service – Awarded $3000 grant to enhance existing elder, who live in congregate housing, bullying prevention curriculum by gathering information critical to the cultural and linguistic adaptation for residents who speak Chinese, Russian, and Spanish and are not currently able to participate in discussions and workshops.
- The Arredondo Family Foundation – Awarded $1500 grant to provide 4 QPR trainings to military families and friends to prevent suicide attempts among service members, veterans and military family members, with specific focus on veterans of color, urban, and elder veterans.
- Elliot Community Human Services – Awarded $3500 grant to provide funding for 5 youth to establish peer leadership teams among the student body to carry out MH awareness and suicide prevention activities.
- Asian Women for Health – Awarded $2000 grant to deliver 2 QPR Gatekeeper trainings for Asian Americans and enhancing curriculum by researching and adding cultural specific information and lived experiences/stories.
Projects Recently Completed by the Greater Boston Coalition:
Membership recruitment – nearly quadrupled our membership count. At the beginning of the FY we had 20 members and by FY’s end we had 75 members.
The coalition worked with a professional focus group facilitator and anthropologist to conduct focus groups with Boston’s minority communities. Focus groups were conducted to assess for different communities perceptions of suicide, mental health, and support/treatment in the community. For each community, 2 focus groups were held: one with individual community members and one with service providers. A 30-page analysis of the focus group results will be disseminated in FY16
The six focus groups included 53 total participants and covered the following populations:
○ Asian (including both Asian-born and Asian-American)
- ○ Haitian (including both Haitian-born and Haitian-American)
- ○ Latino (born in Spanish-speaking countries or identifying as Latino or Hispanic,
- including Spanish-speaking adolescents)
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