Attempt Survivors

If you are in crisis or need immediate help, call 911 or 1-877-870-4673.

We hope this resource page will help you find hope and help if you or a loved one has attempted suicide.  You are not alone.  It is estimated that over 1 million people attempt suicide each year.  Listed below are pamphlets, links, and other resources to help you and your family get through this difficult time.

Crisis Help Lines

  • Samaritans statewide line: 1-877-870-4673
  • Samaritans of Bristol County: 508-673-3777; 866-508-4357
  • Samaritans on Cape Cod and the Islands: 508-548-8900, 800-893-9900
  • Samaritans, Inc.: 617-247-0220
  • Samaritans of Merrimack Valley: 978-327-6607; 866-912-4673
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255
  • Call To Talk: 508-532-2255
  • Trevor Help Line: 866-488-7386



After an attempt: A guide for medical providers in the emergency department taking care of suicide attempt survivors – This brochure is intended to provide medical professionals with tips on how to enhance care in the emergency room for people who have attempted suicide.

After an attempt: A guide for taking care of your family member after treatment in the emergency department – This brochure is a guide for families of suicide attempt survivors on what to expect in the emergency department and after release from the hospital.

After an attempt: A guide for taking care of yourself after your treatment in the emergency department  – This brochure is intended to help individuals who have attempted suicide to move forward after being treated in an emergency room.


  • Samaritans of Merrimack Valley: 
  • Montachusett Suicide Prevention Task Force: 
  • Samaritans of Cape Cod and the Islands:
  • Western Massachusetts Recovery Learning Community:
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
  • Waking Up Alive:
  • American Association of Suicidology:
  • Suicide Survivors:
  • Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention:
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness:
  • Grief Speaks:
  • Live Through This:
  • This is How It Feels:
  • Suicide Prevention Resource Center:
  • HelpPRO:
  • Mass 211:
  • MY3:
  • Suicide is Preventable:


  • A Voice at the Table:
  • Stories of Hope and Recovery:
  • This is How It Feels: Craig Miller: What if –
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  • This is How It Feels: A Memoir-Attempting Suicide and Finding Life by Craig Miller
  • Children of Jonah: Personal Stories by Survivors of Suicide Attempts- James T. Clemons
  • Eight Stories Up: An Adolescent Chooses Hope Over Suicide by DeQuincy Lezine
  • Hello Cruel World-101 Alternatives to Suicide For Teens, Freaks and Other Outlaws by Kate Bornstein
  • How I Stayed Alive When My Brain was Trying to Kill Me by Susan Rose Blaumer
  • Night Falls Fast, Understanding Suicide by Kay Redfield Jamison
  • Choosing to Live: How to Defeat Suicide Through Cognitive Therapy by Thomas Ellis and Corey Newman
  • Step Back from the Exit: 45 Reasons to Say No to Suicide by Jillayne Arena
  • Suicide: The Forever Decision by Paul G. Quinett


Support Groups

  • Northeast Area: Our next group will begin in July 14, 2016 and go through September 1, 2016.  This support group is facilitated by Craig Miller and  a clinician. This will be a closed group and limited to 6 people so please make a commitment to attend all meetings. Participants must be at least 18 years of age and under the care of  a mental health professional.  The meetings will take place at Family Services of the Merrimack Valley, 430 North Canal Street in Lawrence from 6:00 to 7:30 pm.  Refreshments will be served.  A phone intake and personal interview will be done before joining the group. Please contact Debbie Helms at 978-327-6671 or for more information.
  • Central Area: Heywood Hospital, 242 Green Street, Gardner, Massachusetts host an on-going free Attempt Suicide Survivor Support Group on the second and fourth  Tuesday of every month in the Community Education Conference Room from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.   The group is facilitated by an attempt survivor and a social worker is  also present. All are welcome. If you are interested, contact Anne Jasinski  at  or cell phone 978-870-5596.
  • Cape Cod area: A Second Chance – a support group for suicide attempt survivors run by the Samaritans on Cape Cod and the Islands. This closed group meets 8 weeks.   For more information contact Stephanie Kelly at or call 508-548-7999.
  • Western Area: Alternatives to Suicide Support Groups in Northampton, Greenfield and Springfield. For more information, email or call 413-539-5941, Ext. 381.
  • Taunton area: Reach Out & Believe: Reenergize and Recommend Workshop Programs for Suicide Attempt Survivors – a 12 session, once a month workshop which will utilize multiple resilience tools and protective factors while being creative, holistic, motivating and healing.  Contact Annemare Matulis at or (508) 922-7278.