Greater Boston

Greater Boston

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

For more information please contact the co-chair –Lakhana Peou, Co-chair:


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 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:

GBSPC logic model FINAL

Summary of findings organized by cultural group10.29.15

executive summary. Suicide prevention among culturally varied populations 10.29.15

Final Report (FINAL VERSION)


FY16 Accomplishments:

FY16 marked the second year the Greater Boston Regional Suicide Prevention Coalition continued to explore through focus groups the beliefs and experiences related to issues of mental health and suicide of minority communities in the greater Boston area.  This year we worked with Emily Bhargava with Connection Lab LLC to conduct 3 focus groups with minority communities:

Brazilian ( 2 groups, one for providers and one for community members – hosted by the Brazilian Consulate and planned by the Irish International Immigration Center)

Muslim (1 group with participants from many different countries of origin.  Organized by Riverside Community Care and hosted by the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center)

Bhutanese (2 groups, one for men and one for women, participants were refugees relocated to the United States.  Organized by the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health and hosted by the New American Center in Lynn, MA)

The Muslim group represented the first time we have explored these issues with a faith based group as oppressed to ethnically or geographically represented population

These findings have been shared with the constituencies and will be incorporated into FY17 planning for implementing action to address recommendations