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In This Issue:
  • Breakfast for Hope: Let's have a conversation
  • Congratulations to the 2016 Boston Marathon Team
  • Out and About
  • 15th Annual Suicide Prevention State Conference
  • 5K Registration now open!
  • Meet our Newest Board Member, Debbie Connolly
  • Upcoming Events
  • Open Positions
Breakfast for Hope: Let's Have a Conversation Annualmemorial

Please join us for this year's Breakfast for Hope at 8 am on May 26th at the Westin Copley Place in Boston! Honorary co-chairs Gov. Charlie Baker, Speaker of the House Robert A. DeLeo, Senate President Stan Rosenberg and Mayor Martin J. Walsh invite you to take part in this moving and educational event.

We are excited to welcome featured speaker Nancy Rappaport, MD, to participate in this important conversation on suicide. Nancy is an Associate 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.  Speaker of the House Robert A. DeLeo, one of the most vocal supporters of suicide prevention in the state, will also address the audience.
Click here to learn more about sponsorship opportunities for individuals and businesses.
Click here to RSVP as an individual or to host a table.
Congratulations to the 2016 Samaritans Boston Marathon Team!
We are so proud of our 2016 Boston Marathon Team! They did an amazing job of training, raising over $140,000 and running 26.2 miles in unseasonal heat for suicide prevention.
Each member of the team has their own connection to the Samaritans mission: they ran to give back in honor of loved ones they have lost - a sister, a roommate, a grandfather, a friend, a nephew, an uncle, a brother, someone they worked with in the military or counseling - to help a parent, or to honor their own journey of recovery. We thank them for their dedication and for raising awareness for this important issue. 
Click here to learn more about each of the amazing members of our 2016 Boston Marathon team.
Out and AboutOutandabout
The Community Outreach and Education team 
10th annual Somerville Youth Peace Conference
have been all over the place this month, from schools, to colleges, to assisted living facilities. One highlight from this month was participation at the 10th Annual Somerville Youth Peace Conference. This youth led conference included skits, spoken word, and music, all focusing on issues that affect Somerville youth and their community. Samaritans even got a shout out in the performance, with a high school student handing her friend a Samaritans card and encouraging him to call or text us if he needed someone to talk to! It was inspiring to see youth so committed to their community and so willing to share experiences from their lives in an open and honest way.  Samaritans was fortunate enough to work with the Somerville Teen Empowerment group again during the month, training the Somerville Youth Mental Health Ambassadors in suicide prevention. These youth were fully engaged in the topic and are motivated and ready to take on a leadership role in their city to help spread awareness of issues surrounding mental health.
Suicide prevention training is an essential community need. If your school, company or community organization is interested in arranging a training, you can find more information here, or contact Lauren.
15th Annual Suicide Prevention State ConferenceGivingGrid
Samaritans Inc attended the 15th Annual Massachusetts State Conference on Suicide Prevention  - Learning from Within: Inspiring Hope, Saving Lives:  Suicide Prevention Across the Life Span.   The conference was hosted by the Department of Public Health, The Department of Mental Health, the Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention and AdCare Educational Institute.  DPH Commissioner Monica Bharel and DMH Commissioner Joan Mikula were both in attendance, along with over 500 attendees from across the state.
The conference workshops were intended to educate and inform participants about the latest information on suicide, its multiple causes and effective means for prevention. Samaritans staff participated in a number of workshops such as:
  • The Suicidal Mind vs Suicide Theories - What we can do with what we know to help choose life?
  • Responding to Sudden, Unexpected Loss; Strategies for supporting Schools, Organizations and Communities.
  • Best Practices in Treatment and New Developments in Understanding, Managing and Treating Suicidal Behavior. 
  • SAMS Grief Support Services Staff facilitated an emotional and captivating workshop "The Face of Suicide which was a panel of loss survivors who shared their personal experiences. 
The two days provided informative and valuable information for all who attended along with the opportunity to network with other providers from across the state.
Early Bird Registration Now Open - 5K Run/Walk for Suicide Preventionmarathon
We run for those we remember. We walk for those we love. We come together to make a difference. Please join us for the 18th Annual Samaritans 5K Run/Walk for Suicide Prevention.

Registration is now open - sign up by May 31 to save $5!
Saturday, October 1, 2016
Artesani Park, 1225 Soldiers Field Rd, Brighton, MA 02135

Click here
to register as an individual or start a team. 
Introducing our newest Board Member, Debbie Connolly chelsmford
Debbie Connolly lives withe her family in Winchster, Massachusetts. She has four precious children.  Her work experience ranges from education,  retail, design,  non profit work and consulting. 

"Becoming a part of Samaritans and the Breakfast for Hope inspires me each day.  Losing my son Ryan to suicide; I only wish he had known about the 1-800 number and what the Samaritans do.  It was my goal and now my honor to be with Samaritans and to be serving this amazing organization.

Upcoming Events events
  • Grief Support Services Volunteer Training to be held on May 14, 21, & 22. Contact GriefSupport 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, RSVP today.
Open Positionscareers
Interested in preventing suicide as a Samaritans' staff member or intern? We are currently accepting applications for: