Greater Boston

Greater Boston

Welcome to the Mass. Coalition for Suicide Prevention (MCSP) – Greater Boston Region

For more information please contact the co-chairs – Ron White of Samaritans ( and Tony Dellovo of Screening for Mental Health (


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.

If you plan to attend, please notify either co-chairs, Ron or Tony.

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!

FY15 Accomplishments:

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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Past Events

On May 8th, 2014 the Greater Boston regional coalition sponsored a full-day conference on “Promoting Resiliency in LGBTQ Communities,” which included speakers from the Fenway Institute and MA Commission on LGBTQ Youth, GLAD and the Theater Offensive, Ethos, Hispanic Black Gay Coalition, True Colors Out Youth Theater, Third Sector New England, and others. Over 100 attendees participated in the conference to learn about how communities can promote and support LGBTQ individuals by practicing strategies to for building compassionate, supportive, and inclusive communities.
On January 23rd, 2014 the Greater Boston regional coalition sponsored a half-day conference on Understanding and Treating Two Self-Harm Behaviors: Non-Suicidal Self-Injury and Eating Disorders” which included speakers Barrett Walsh, PhD and Jennifer Thomas PhD.The coalition hosted 125 attendees at Northeastern University’s Curry Student Center to learn about self-injury and eating disorders.