Like us on Facebook   Follow us on Twitter   View our profile on LinkedIn   Find us on Pinterest  View on Instagram
In This Issue:
  • Update on Samaritans 24/7 Texting Service
  • New Support Group for Families of Attempted Survivors
  • Join us at the Breakfast for Hope!
  • Meet our 2016 Boston Marathon Team
  • Out and About
  • Help Samaritans earn a free ad with The Boston Globe
  • Upcoming Events
  • Open Positions
Update on Samaritans 24/7 Texting Services GivingGrid
Since the October 2015 launch of Samaritans' texting 
service on the Samaritans Statewide Helpline 
number 877-870-HOPE (4673), we've had over 500 conversations via the texting service. Our texting service became available 24x7 on January 15th.
In order to best serve all who reach out by phone, text, and chat, Samaritans has cross trained about 100 of our current volunteers making them available to befriend on each medium Samaritans provides service on. We're excited to be providing our lifesaving services around the clock via text message extending support to those who may otherwise not call.

Help us spread the word about this life saving service by sharing this message on Facebook or Twitter: You can now text Massachusetts Statewide Helpline at 877-870-HOPE (4673) 24x7 for emotional support!
 
Click here- If you are interest in volunteering with Samaritans.
New Support Group for Families of Attempted SurvivorsTalkwithme
This group aims to provide a space for individuals to talk openly with others who are dealing with the complicated emotions following a loved one's suicide attempt or disclosure of suicidal ideation. Our hope is to provide individuals supporting a suicide attempt survivor or a loved one struggling with suicidality an opportunity to join a community of peers who can understand; it is a space to share their personal experiences and to learn healthy coping skills while supporting their loved ones in their daily lives.
This is a closed group. Those interested in participating must complete an intake by phone with one of the group facilitators and commit to attending all six sessions. There is no fee for participation.
 
WHEN
Every Thursday from 7-8:30pm

April 28, 2016- June 2, 2016
*Please note the change of meeting dates
WHERE
Brigham House

20 Hartford Street
Newton Highlands MA
*Conveniently located near Routes 9 and 128, and Newton Highlands T station on the Riverside Green Line
 
Contact Debbie DiMasi, Director of Grief Support Services, to begin the intake process  ddimasi@samaritanshope.org - 617-536-2460 ext. 5237

Join us at the Breakfast for Hope! Annualmemorial
We hope you can join us for this year's Breakfast for Hope on May 26th at the Westin Copley Place in Boston! This year's theme is "Suicide: Let's Have a Conversation" and our program speakers promise an informative and moving event for our community.
Nancy Rappoport. MD, our featured speaker, is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and an attending child and adolescent psychiatrist at the Cambridge Health Alliance, a Harvard teaching affiliate, where she is also Director of School-Based programs with a focus on servicing youths, families and staff in public schools.
The Honorable Robert DeLeo, Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, will also be joining us for this event and Governor Charlie Baker is an Honorary Co-Chair. We are excited to continue working with the the Commonwealth of Massachusetts on this important issue.
 
Click here to learn more about sponsoring the Breakfast as an individual or business. With 500 guests, the Breakfast is a great opportunity for visibility!

Click here to RSVP as an individual or host a table.
Meet our 2016 Boston Marathon Team! marathon
In 4 months, 14 dedicated people will run 26.2 miles for suicide prevention in the Boston Marathon. Some are survivors, running to remember siblings, parents and friends lost to suicide. Others are running to celebrate their success in a personal struggle with depression and bi-polar disorder.
 
As they run the country's most prestigious marathon on April 18, 22 people will die by suicide in the United States. Another 550 people will attempt to take their own lives. Help the team reach their collective goal of $130,000 to support our life saving services.
 
Thanks to the John Hancock Boston Marathon Non-Profit, this is the 9th consecutive year that Samaritans will have a team running the 26.2 miles. Meet three members of our outstanding team:
  • Michael Monestime: Michael works at Live Nation New  England and attends UMASS Boston in the Urban Planning and Community Development program. Michael is thrilled to be able to run the 2016 Boston Marathon in honor of his dear friend Christian Calderoni.  He has used running to raise awareness for suicide prevention and other worthy charities. Keep an eye out for his profile in the April issue of Runner's World magazine!  To learn more about Michael or make a donation towards his goal, visit his CrowdRise page.
  •  Ray Neves: Ray is running the marathon in memory of his long-time friend and roommate, Christian. He and his wife, Lisa, have been a member of Christian's Team at the 5K for the past 11 years. Ray is honored to be representing Samaritans in the 2016 Boston Marathon, his second Boston Marathon. He is excited to give back to an organization that has provided so much support for him and to help us in our mission to be there for those in despair. To learn more about Ray or make a donation towards his goal, visit his CrowdRise page.
  • Sathya Silva: Sathya is currently finishing up her final year as a PhD student in the Aeronautics and Astronautics program at MIT. She is running the Boston Marathon in memory of her best friend and flying partner. Sathya found Samaritans support and is honored to run the marathon on behalf of Samaritans to help fight the stigma surrounding mental health and promote their fantastic efforts in suicide awareness and prevention. To learn more about Sathya or make a donation towards her goal, visit her CrowdRise page.
  • Make a donation. Donate to the Samaritans team or directly to individual runners by visiting CrowdRise.
  • Qualified for the Boston Marathon and want to make your run more meaningful? Join our team!
  • Sponsor the team! Corporate sponsorship comes with a variety of great benefits,  learn more here.
  • Do you have access to bib numbers? We still have one Alternate Runner waiting to receive a bib for the 2016 Boston Marathon, as well as others willing to start training and fundraising at a moments notice.  
 Contact us with questions or to learn about supporting or joining the team.
Out and AboutOutandabout
It has been a very exciting month in the prevention department here at Samaritans! A couple highlights from the month included a screening of the documentary, Samaritans: You are Not Alone, for Boston Public School nurses and guidance counselors, followed by an informative and engaging Q&A session with Samaritans staff. Another was a workshop that was held at the Roxbury Goodwill facility for adults hoping to get into the human services field, and it was encouraging to see this message on the board there:
 
Suicide prevention training is an essential community need. If your school, company or community organization is interested in arranging a training, click here.
Help Samaritans earn a free ad with The Boston Globe chelsmford
Are you a Boston Globe subscriber? If so, we have a favor to ask. Help us earn a free ad in the Globe just by showing your support. Simply go to BostonGlobe.com/GRANT and enter your subscriber information and the name and location of our organization before April 30, 2016. It only takes a minute, and it doesn't cost you a dime.  

Your support will be converted into GRANT advertising dollars, which we can redeem for ad space in the Globe. The more dollars raised, the larger the ad - which means more exposure for Samaritans and the important work we do.

Thank you in advance for your support. We appreciate it more than you know!!
Upcoming Events events
March
  • Zumba for Suicide Prevention with Marathon 
    Team Member Veronica -Friday, March 20th from 12:30-1:30PM at Fit FRIENDzy Studio (196 Boston Turnpike Road, Shrewsbury, MA 01545), contact us for more info.
April
  • Dance the night away at marathon team members KristinaSathya's 90's dance party-at the Wild Rover on Friday, April 8th, 2016 from 7pm-10pm.
    Please come and enjoy food, music and raffles full of wonderful prizes. For more information about this event click here.
  • Come cheer for the Samaritans' Marathon team on Marathon Monday, April 18, 2016Click here to confirm where we will be.
  • Join us at Wellesley College for the 15th annual Millyfest in memory of Molly Thompson '04.  The event will take place on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 8am at 
    Keohane Sports Center Upper Practice Field
    .
      It will be a fun filled day of frisbee, food and raffles.
May
  • Come join us for Bianca's 5K run/walk- Saturday May 7, 2016 at The Rail Trail at the Moose Lodge (67 Fitchburg Street, Marlborough, MA 01752).  Registration begins at 10am. 
  • Grief Support Services Volunteer Training to be held on May 14, 21, & 22. Contact Grief Support Service manager Emily Britt for more information.
  • Mark your calendars for the Breakfast for Hope - Thursday, May 26th, reception begins at 7AM, program at 8AM at The Westin Copley Place, 
October
  • The 5K Run/Walk for Suicide Prevention will be held on October 1, 2016 at Artesani Park! Registration opens April 1,2016; Register by May 31 and save $5.
Open Positionscareers
Interested in preventing suicide as a Samaritans' staff member or intern? We are currently accepting applications for: