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Remembering My Sister: New 5K Team Captain Candice Dancer newteam
The 5K is a wonderful day to experience Samaritans' community of people who have been touched by suicide and are dedicated to preventing suicide in our community. For those who have recently lost someone or have experienced the stigma attached to suicide, the idea of spending a day talking about suicide can feel very overwhelming. Still, each year we have new teams and new participants join us to celebrate the lives of their loved ones or overcome their own struggle with suicidal ideation. 

This year, Candice Dancer will join us as the team captain of #staygold, in memory of her younger sister, Brittany, who died by suicide this past February. "Brittany was a fabulous aunt to my three children and my sister's daughter. She was a sensitive, loving, and compassionate person who valued family above all else," said Candice in conversation with Samaritans' Development Manager, Eve Rabinowitz.
Candice (left) and Brittany at Candice's undergraduate graduation ceremony
from UMass in 2005


"I realize there is a very big stigma around mental illness and suicide, and I have found that a lot of people are uncomfortable talking about it. Participating in the 5K feels like an entry way to get people to consider what happened to my sister and actually talk about what happened. I post on Facebook about Brittany a lot, and now that I can post about the 5K people seem more comfortable talking with me about her death. If they don't want to talk about suicide, they can talk about how I will be completing a long-time goal of running my first 5K. That being said, the stigma is why I post about suicide so much on social media, I want to talk about it openly and freely and make a difference."

Candice first became involved with Samaritans' when she started attending Framingham SafePlace meetings, and has not missed a meeting since. "I saw a post on Samaritans' Facebook one morning about a SafePlace meeting in Framingham and decided to go that night. Initially, it was difficult, in that each new way I address my grief is really difficult at first, and the reality of having to be a part of a group for this specific reason made it hard to digest. But since then it has been incredibly helpful because survivors of suicide are such a unique group."

"I learned about the 5K shortly after attending my first meeting, and have been receiving great support from my friends, family and community about the team since I started it. I am glad to be a part of something where the participates are all there because we have suffered a tremendous loss that can feel isolating at times, but we're doing the 5K to do something positive. I feel really good about getting involved and meeting other people who have lost someone to suicide. I am also excited to be getting to a point in my own life, being a middle aged woman, where I'm actually going to run my first 5K - and what a better way to do than to be honoring my sister's memory."

Thanks for taking the time to speak with us, Candice! To check on #staygold's progress, click here. If you are new to the 5K and are passionate about your involvement, email us to be featured in our next snapshot! To register for the 5K Run/Walk for Suicide Prevention taking place on September 26th in Artesani Park, click here.

The Difference You Make: Breakfast for Hope VideoVideo
This year's Breakfast for Hope took place on May 13th at the Sheraton in Boston. It was a wonderful event, and we are so proud of this year's testimonial video that we wanted to make sure everyone has had a chance to watch it.

Samaritans 2015 Breakfast for Hope - the difference you make
Samaritans 2015 Breakfast for Hope -
The Difference You Make
The video testimonial was created by our friends at Cole Creative, and features Miles River Middle School Life Skills Teacher Danielle Petrucci, along with survivors Brian Douglas and Ray Neves (who you may recognize from our 2015 Boston Marathon Team) and former helpline caller, Kelly Nguyen. Click to watch their discussion on the impact of Samaritans' services in their own lives.

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to see pictures from the event. To learn more about joining the committee, hosting a table or sponsoring next year's Breakfast, contact us
Out and AboutOutandabout

Community Education & Outreach had a very busy May, with a record 10 health fairs around Boston and Metro West!  The health fairs varied in location as well as demographics in reaching adults, gatekeepers, youth, and seniors.

 

We also had three trainings for "Gatekeepers" who work with others who may be at risk for suicide for the Boston Public School Bullying and Intervention Specialists, Goodwill HELP Program, and the Modern Assistance Program. This was the first time Samaritans has been invited to present for the Modern Assistance Program, a local Employee Assistance Program that sponsors a 10-week lecture series highlighting different treatment topics in the field of addiction. This year, they asked Community Outreach and Education Manager Lauren Gablinske to speak about suicide prevention. This series is an educational opportunity for professionals in the field. It was a 2-hour session filled with great discussion around "why" and how to ask someone if they are suicidal.

 

Suicide prevention training is an essential community need. If your school, company or community organization is interested in arranging a training, contact Lauren.

Crisis Text Line Helps Reach Teens in Trouble via CBSusn

Last week, Jim Axelrod of CBS sat down with Crisis Text Line (CTL) founder and CEO of DoSomething.org, Nancy Lublin to discuss the lifesaving work of CTL. As proud partners of CTL, we were excited to see this story bring attention to the text support service for those who are unable to call or more comfortable reaching out for support via text.

Click here to see more from CBS. For frequent updates on suicide in the news, remember to like Samaritans' on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
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