MetroWest Regional Coalition

MetroWest Regional Coalition for Suicide Prevention

Our Mission:

Launched in the spring of 2014, the MetroWest Regional Coalition serves as an adjunct to the statewide coalition. Our mission is to support and enhance the MCSP; promote the State Strategic Plan; provide a valuable resource center for speakers, education and trainings; increase membership in both the State and our Regional Coalition; and assist our communities in their efforts to increase suicide prevention and awareness and reduce the incidence of suicide in our region.

 

Join Us:

The MetroWest Regional Coalition strives to be an active suicide prevention coalition. We are always in search of new members to add to the collective experience, knowledge and professionalism of our current organizational members:

  • Advocates, Inc.
  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
  • Ashland Police Department
  • BayPath Elder Services, Inc.
  • Ben Speaks
  • Concord-Carlisle Youth Services
  • ERA Key Realty Services
  • Families for Depression Awareness
  • Framingham Education Foundation
  • Framingham Health Department
  • Framingham Patch
  • Framingham Police
  • Framingham Public Schools
  • Framingham Rotary
  • Framingham Source
  • Framingham State University
  • Framingham Veteran’s Services
  • Gordon Real Estate
  • Harmony Project
  • Hopkinton Youth Services
  • Lasell College Counseling Center
  • MassMen
  • Massachusetts Coalition Suicide Prevention
  • Metro Suburban Recovery Leaning Center
  • MetroWest Daily News
  • MetroWest Health Foundation
  • MetroWest Partnerships for Youth
  • Natick Together for Youth
  • Needham Public Schools
  • Screening for Mental Health
  • Southboro/Northboro Public Schools
  • SPARK Kindness
  • United Way of Tri-County
  • Voices Against Violence
  • William James College
  • YMCA
  • Champion: Call2Talk

 

Meetings:

  • Meetings are typically held about six times a year on Wednesday mornings at 8 am in Framingham. Members are alerted through email or by contacting the Chair.
  • Members have asked that the first half hour of our meetings be devoted to networking and the exchange of information.  Agenda is held to one hour.
  • Our formal agenda will begin promptly at 8:30 am and will end promptly at 9:30 am.
  • All meetings are held at the United Way of Tri-County
  1. Park Street, Framingham – 4th floor
  • Please feel free to bring business cards and agency information to share.
  • Meetings are open to the community.
  • Participants will partner with professionals, concerned citizens, and those touched by suicide to increase awareness of suicide prevention activities and services.  The MWR works to support and actively engage with programs, services and individuals to promote awareness and reduce the incidence of suicide in our region.
  • Thank you for visiting our section of the website, and thank you for your interest and consideration. Please join us to help prevent suicide in the MetroWest Region!

For more information, contact:

Eileen Davis, Director, Call2Talk

MetroWest Regional Coalition Chair

Eileen.davis@uwotc.org

508-370-4857

 

FY’16 Accomplishments

  • Celebrated 2nd full year of the launch of our Region’s Coalition, supporting our mission of actively engaging with area programs, services and individuals to promote awareness and reduce the incidence of suicide in our region of the state.
  • Partnered with Lasell College to organize and implement their first Fresh Check Day.  Attended by over 400 students and community members.
  • Collaborated with other area programs to help sponsor SPARK Kindness speaker series.  Speakers included renowned authors addressing issues such as child internet safety, supporting emotional wellness for young girls & boys, bullying, parenting & anxiety.
  • Began consulting with the Loss Team in Louisiana to develop a pilot program to support identified local Massachusetts communities that will offer immediate on site peer emotional support to loss survivors.
  • Helped to support the Harmony Project which engages high school students and young adults on the subject of dating violence and suicide prevention.
  • Worked with BayPath Elder Services to produce materials educational and supportive collateral materials for LGBT elders.
  • Provided scholarships to the annual state conference to students whose course of study included suicide prevention services.
  • Continued to produce collateral materials containing coalition information and resources.
  • Continued to respond to the request to provide and distribute the MetroWest Region Suicide Prevention Resource Guide.  Guide contains local phone numbers and websites, helpful information concerning warning signs and risk factors as well as local Veterans Office information.  Several hundred copies distributed to date.
  • Collaborated with other area programs and funders to provide community trainings including Mental Health First Aid, ASIST and SOS amounting to over 100 individuals participating.  
  • Hosted guest speakers at all regional meetings to enhance area partnerships and strengthen local initiatives.  Many programs and services developed working relationships and projects that would have never resulted without the MetroWest Regional Coalition.

 

FY ‘15 Accomplishments

  • Celebrated 1 year of the launch of our Region’s Coalition, supporting our mission of actively engaging with area programs, services and individuals to promote awareness and reduce the incidence of suicide in our region of the state.
  • Responded to the request to provide and distribute the MetroWest Region Suicide Prevention Resource Guide.  Guide contains local phone numbers and websites, helpful information concerning warning signs and risk factors as well as local Veterans Office information.  Several hundred copies distributed to date.
  • Collaborated with other area programs and funders to provide community trainings including Mental Health First Aid, safeTALK and SOS amounting to over 500 individuals participating.  
  • Created a logo and collateral material to distribute and spread awareness.
  • Collaborated with Samaritans of the cape & Islands to bring “In Our Shoes” project to MetroWest.
  • Hosted guest speakers at all meetings to enhance area partnerships and strengthen initiatives.  Many programs and services developed working relationships and projects that would have never resulted without the MetroWest Regional Coalition