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.
Placed 5 bus ads in Springfield, Northampton and Amherst promoting the MassMen.org web site
Placed print advertisement in the Valley Advocate weekly paper for Suicide Prevention Month promoting the state wide help line and the Alternatives to Suicide Peer support group for attempt survivors.
Sponsored annual NAMI Mental Health Awareness walk, AFSP Suicide Prevention awareness walks in Greenfield and Springfield and distributed information.
Provided two day ASIST training to 16 individuals
Hosted presentation of the “Hablando Con Doloris” film followed by a panel discussion with the actors and film maker in Holyoke.
Held a half day conference on “Exploring the Connections between Substance mis-use and Suicide in Greenfield in collaboration with the Franklin County Opioid Task Force. One hundred twenty four individuals attended. Presentation/workshop facilitated by Ann Duckless, NAMI-NH.
Workshop facilitated by the Recovery Learning Community on “When Conversations Turn to Suicide” held in South Hadley with 10 individuals attending.