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

Contact information:

Debbie Helms, Co-Chair


Larry Berkowitz, co-chair,


The MCSP-Northeast Region was started in 2006 as an adjunct to the state coalition. Our mission is to support and enhance the MCSP; promote the State Strategic Plan; provide a resource center for speakers, education and trainings; increase membership in both the state and regional coalitions; and assist communities in their efforts to increase suicide prevention and awareness and reduce the incidence of suicide on a grassroots level.

Our coalition meets 6 times a year.  Each year, our members decide on the goals for the coming year.  Our past accomplishments include:

  1. Holding 9 Leadership Breakfasts
  2. Sponsoring the AFSP’s National Survivors of Suicide Day
  3. Providing scholarships for the MCSP’s Annual Conference
  4. Implementing a 3-year project called the Connect Suicide Prevention Project in the town of Haverhill as well as other towns
  5. Providing a 2 day Survivor Voices training for survivors who wish to speak effectively and safely about their losses
  6. Promoting new ideas/organizations/resources
  7. Being a resource for questions, trainings, ideas, etc.
  8. Hosting trainings and community events

We currently have over 35 active members.  The current co-chairs of the NCSP are Larry Berkowitz from Riverside Trauma Center ( and Debbie Helms from the Samaritans of Merrimack Valley ( ).

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The Northeast Region (click here for list of towns) is a very active coalition.  We are always looking for new members to add to the incredible experience, knowledge and professionalism that we have with our current members.  If you would like to join, please complete the membership form (click here).


Annual Leadership in Suicide Prevention Breakfast

When:  October 5, 2016

Registration and Breakfast:  8:00 am to 9; Program starts at 9 until about 10:30

Where:  Shawsheen Valley Technical High School, 100 Cook Street, Billerica, MA

RSVP:  Debbie at 978-327-6671 or or Larry at by September 30, 2016.  

This year’s breakfast will feature 2 keynote speakers. In view of the recent Department
of Veterans Affairs comprehensive analysis of veteran suicide rates, we will have a male
and a female veteran as our guest speakers. They will be speaking about the barriers to
mental health services, how these barriers are being addressed as well as other topics.
In addition, the recipient of the Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative will present the
results of their Shawsheen Cares project.  The high school youth from Shawsheen Valley
Technical who worked with the 4th and 5th graders on this project will make a presentation.
We will also present our adult and youth Leadership in Suicide Prevention awards.

This event is free and open to all who wish to attend.  Registration is required.  Email or call Debbie or Larry.  If you would like to nominate someone for the Leadership Award, please get in touch with Debbie.  Hope to see a lot of you there!


International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day

Our coalition is sponsoring the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day event on November 19, 2016 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at Family Services of the Merrimack Valley, 430 North Canal Street in Lawrence.  This is a free program to all who have lost someone to suicide. Continental breakfast and lunch will be served.  

The conference will consist of a 30 minute documentary developed by AFSP  a chance to connect with other survivors in a small and confidential setting and an opportunity to share your personal experience and talk about your loved one.  The event will be facilitated by a suicide loss survivor.

For the 5th year, we will have a Holiday Remembrance Tree.  Please bring an ornament/small holiday decoration that reminds you of your loved one.  We’ll decorate the tree together and then we’ll have holiday greeting cards professionally made for you with a picture of your ornament.  We will mail them to you in early December, our gift to you.  We will also give out our remembrance wristbands and have a special remembrance activity this year.



We wish to congratulate Shawsheen Valley Technical High School for being selected to receive a grant from the coalition.  Shawsheen CARES is a program designed to teach 4th and 5th graders how to better assess their emotions and learn how to manage them in a healthy way.  The program was taught by 9 juniors at the school under the leadership of Angela Caira.

MCSP-Northeast Region Mem­ber­ship Form

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Email your completed application to Debbie Helms at



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List of Current Members’ Organizations

  • Adolescent Wellness, Inc.
  • Arbour Counseling
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Public Health
  • Department of Veterans’ Services
  • Elder Services of Merrimack Valley
  • Families for Depression Awareness
  • Family Continuity
  • Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
  • Greater Family Health Alliance
  • Greater Lowell Health Alliance
  • Haverhill Public Health
  • Health Partnership
  • Lahey Health Behavioral Services
  • Loss and Transition Counseling
  • Middlesex Community College
  • North Shore Community College
  • Reading Public Schools
  • Riverside Trauma Center
  • Samaritans of Merrimack Valley
  • See A New Sun Foundation
  • SeniorCare, Inc.
  • Solstice
  • Southbay Mental Health
  • Statewide Advocacy for Veterans’ Empowerment (S.A.V.E.)
  • Teenage Anxiety & Depression Solution (TADS)
  • University of MA – Lowell
  • Vinfen
  • Wakefield Public Schools
  • Whittier Health

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Cities and Towns Covered by the MCSP-Northeast Region

  • Amesbury
  • Andover
  • Beverly
  • Billerica
  • Boxford
  • Burlington
  • Carlisle
  • Chelmsford
  • Danvers
  • Dracut
  • Dunstable
  • Essex
  • Everett
  • Georgetown
  • Gloucester
  • Groton
  • Groveland
  • Hamilton
  • Haverhill
  • Ipswich
  • Lawrence
  • Littleton
  • Lowell
  • Lynn
  • Lynnfield
  • Manchester-by-the-Sea
  • Marblehead
  • Melrose
  • Methuen
  • Middleton
  • Nahant
  • Newbury
  • Newburyport
  • North Andover
  • North Reading
  • Peabody
  • Reading
  • Revere
  • Rockport
  • Rowley
  • Salem
  • Salisbury
  • Saugus
  • Stoneham
  • Swampscott
  • Tewksbury
  • Topsfield
  • Tyngsborough
  • Wakefield
  • Wenham
  • West Newbury
  • Westford
  • Wilmington
  • Winthrop


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