Massachusetts is constantly seeking to raise awareness about suicide prevention. In 2011, 588 Massachusetts residents died by suicide. Since then, the Commonwealth has created the Massachusetts Strategic Plan for Suicide Prevention.
Massachusetts Suicide Prevention Program
The goal of the Massachusetts Suicide Prevention Program is to reduce the number of suicides and suicide attempts among Massachusetts residents. In order to do this, the program focuses on:
- Raising awareness of suicide;
- Providing support and funding to community-based suicide prevention programs;
- Offering education and training for professionals and caregivers; and,
- Collaborating with state, regional, and community suicide prevention coalitions.
Suicide Prevention Conferences, Trainings, Education and Events
DPH offers suicide prevention trainings and workshops throughout the year to the general public.
In addition, DPH provides suicide prevention education, programs, and resources. The Mental Wellness Blog provides information, tips, and ideas for promoting mental health and well-being.
If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, call or notify someone who is qualified to help. There are several crisis hotlines available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for Massachusetts residents:
- DMH Emergency Services Programs by Region
- Samaritans Statewide Hotline: (877) 870-HOPE (4673)
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (800) 273-TALK (8255); press # 1 if you are a veteran
- The Trevor Helpline: 866-4-U-TREVOR (488-7386) – Specifically for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth and young adults
By learning about the signs and symptoms of suicide, as well as the programs and resources available, we can work together to prevent suicide in Massachusetts.
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