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"I am so relieved and so grateful for Samaritans.  They have heard me and have made a profound difference in my life." - Caller
In This Issue:
  • Run/Walk for Suicide Prevention
  • Boston College Volunteers- Thank You!!
  • Grief Support Services
  • Out and About
  • Boston Marathon Team Application
  • Open Positions
A Wet and Wonderful 5K Talkwithme
Thank you to all who came out to Artesani Park, on a very rainy , October 1st to take part in the 18th Annual Samaritans 5K Run/Walk for Suicide Prevention!
 
Despite the weather, it was an amazing event, with more than 1,500 people (and a few animal friends) running or walking for suicide prevention! Mayor Martin J. Walsh joined us to announce an exciting new partnership between Samaritans and the City of Boston that will train 4,000 9th graders, guidance counselors, and those working with the elderly and veterans on suicide risk factors and prevention. We remembered and honored our loved ones. And we raised more than $383,000 to support Samaritans' lifesaving work! We are just $17,000 away from our 5K fundraising goal of $400,000, which is 20% of our budget.   Please make a gift today to help us cross the finish line

 
       
We are so appreciative of everyone who raised funds on our behalf for the 5K. 

This year's Top Five Fundraisers are: 
Zero's Hero $13,286
Team Bon Bon $10,985

Largest Team: 
Christian's Team: 58 members  

Top Individual Fundraisers:
Kara Hines (member of Katherine's Pride): $25,230
 Marsha Grollman (top non-team member): $1,848

To find out where you placed among the runners in this year's 5K, 
click here.
Special Volunteers From Boston CollegeAnnualmemorial
Samaritans welcomes Boston College's 
2016-2017 Pulse and 4Boston students
40 years of collaboration!

While over 1500 runners and walkers participated in Samaritans 18th Annual 5K, 21 students from  Boston College's Pulse program and 4Boston program successfully completed 18 hours of comprehensive Befriender training. 

The PULSE Program's mission is to educate students about social injustice.  Students commit to 8 hours of service each week as well as one overnight per month. 
Three pillars guide the work of the 4Boston program: Community, Spirituality, and Social Justice. 4Boston students commit to 4 hours of service each week.  Each program creates a sense of community within the groups of volunteers, both in service and reflection.  It is anticipated that these students will provide over 4000 hours of service both on the HelpLine and text support platform. Samaritans looks forward to another successful year working with Boston College. 

Quotes from a recent trainee: 
"I found training to be extremely challenging and gratifying. It stretched me not intellectually or physically, but personally, and helped positively reorient my perspective on being an ear for pain." - Hugh McMahon 

If you are interested in volunteering, contact us about attending an information session.
Grief Support Services
"To My Friends and Family:
My grief process will take much longer than you want it to.  You can't fix this for me by doing anything but you can just be there for me. I will be in a sort of fog for at least 3 months. When the fog lifts, I might get worse. I will have periods of doing okay, then I will feel despair again. I will be exhausted. Grief is hard work. My desire, creativity, and motivation will be gone for quite awhile. My ability to experience joy may also be absent. I will have a range of emotions from irritability to inexplicable rage and it may be targeted at you.  Please forgive me. I am vulnerable, I feel brittle, and I do not feel resilient. I can't take too much stimulation. I probably won't feel like being sociable. I know you miss the old me, but I'm forever changed by the loss of my loved one. It will feel as though I haven't made any progress. However, I am slowly healing with occasional normal setbacks. I will heal. Please be patient, loving, and understanding. " 
- allianceofhope.org forum

Samaritans' Grief Support Services is a program dedicated to bringing support to survivors during an impossible, tragic time. GSS is composed of devoted and compassionate volunteers that understand the extraordinary grief that comes with losing a loved one to suicide as they, too, have suffered this unimaginable loss. They understand that grieving sometimes takes much longer than you want, it's hard work and what it's like to be vulnerable. Most importantly, they are models for hope and recovery. Through sharing their experience as survivors, their grieving process, and what they found helpful to move forward after a loss, they can show you that you will heal. To get more information on GSS and the services we provide, click here.  

The Grief Support Services program will be holding a three part training series in the months of November and December. If you're interested in learning more, becoming a volunteer or joining us for facilitator training, please contact Grief Support Services manager, Emily Britt.
Out and AboutOutandabout
It's been an exciting time for Community Education and Outreach! With the announcement of a partnership with the City of Boston by Mayor Marty Walsh, we are thrilled to work closely with the city and provide critical suicide prevention training to a wide range of people across Boston.
 
In keeping in line with this partnership, we provided a training for the Boston Elderly Commission, training advocates, directors, and staff members on such topics as the risk factors affecting elders, the warning signs of elder suicide, how to have a conversation with an elder who is in crisis and the steps to take in getting them help.
 
With the Fall, comes the beginning of schools, and we made it to our first middle school of the year, teaching over 150 8th graders at the King Philip Middle School in Norfolk. This school enthusiastically welcomes us each year and the 8th graders provided so much insight.  From sharing all the things that young people struggle with, to engaging in conversation about the warning signs of suicide, to talking about all the ways that they take care of themselves when they are stressed. The students were a joy to work with and we're looking forward to all the upcoming youth outreaches that we have!
 
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.
Want to run the 2017 Boston Marathon for Samaritans?  marathon
We are happy to announce that thanks to the John Hancock Non-Profit Marathon Program, Samaritans has a Marathon Team for the 10th consecutive year. The Samaritans 2017 Boston Marathon Team will run 26.2 miles for suicide prevention on Monday, April 17, 2017. We have been awarded 15 bibs and are now accepting applications to join the team.

Learn more and submit your application at samaritanshope.org/events/marathon
 
The 2016 Marathon Team
Open Positionscareers
Interested in preventing suicide as a Samaritans' staff member or intern? We are currently accepting applications for: