The mission of the Pioneer Valley Coalition for Suicide Prevention is to create an inclusive collaboration of public and private agencies, community members and people with lived experiences working together to promote healthy communities by supporting strength-based practices that reduce the risk of suicide.
Partner with professionals, concerned citizens and those touched by suicide to increase awareness of suicide prevention activities and services.
The Pioneer Valley Coalition for Suicide Prevention meets the third Thursday every other month
For more information on the coalition and how you can join us, or for the date and location of our next meeting, contact Robert Reardon at RReardon@tapestryhealth.org.
125 people attended the Pioneer Valley Regional Coalition conference which was held on November 22nd in collaboration with Springfield College “Substance use and Suicide: Exploring the connection”
MassMen: In the Spring the coalition hosted a kick off breakfast for the launch of MASSMEN and Mantherapy. Franklin Cook presented at the event. In addition materials were sent to area providers and posters were printed and distributed to promote the site. The Coalition also printed 10 bus ads to be be placed on busses throughout the Pioneer Valley over the summer months.
The coalition held 12 meetings during the Fiscal Year
During the month of September in recognition of Suicide Prevention Day, two ads were developed, one highlighting the statewide help line which ran in the Valley Advocate paper and a second ad highlighting the Alternatives to Suicide peer support groups which ran in the Point of View paper targeting African American communities in the valley
The coalition also sponsored the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Out of the Darkness awareness walk in Springfield. Coalition members tabled at the walk and provided information about the coalition. The coalition also sponsored the NAMI annual Mental Health Awareness Walk