Welcome to the AFSP Massachusetts Chapter

This May for Mental Health Awareness Month, we’re sending the message that no one’s mental health is fully supported until everyone’s mental health is fully supported. That’s why for our #MentalHealth4All campaign, we’re encouraging everyone across the state of Massachusetts to get involved by taking one simple action to encourage their friends, family, and community to take their own and others’ mental health seriously. Not from Massachusetts? Click here to find your local AFSP Chapter.

What is #MentalHealth4All?

Your one #MentalHealth4All action could be as simple as reaching out to someone in your life to see how they’re doing; starting a conversation with someone close to you about a topic you have difficult feelings about; or letting your group of friends know you’re comfortable talking to them about anything they’re going through. You can support #MentalHealth4All by advocating for legislation that addresses the disparity in mental healthcare access for underrepresented communities; joining a walk; bringing suicide prevention education, research or support programs to your school or workplace to ensure that more people around you know that mental health is a vital part of everyone’s life; or spreading the word about the AFSP Massachusetts Chapter to ensure that every member of your community has the support they and their loved ones need during a difficult time.

Everyone has different experiences with their own mental health, and their own preferred methods of care and support. It’s important that we all remain open and ready to listen to others’ points of view and perspectives, especially during this challenging time in our history. We all have mental health, and by taking one simple action, we can each help influence massive collective change to support #MentalHealth4All.

 

Get Help

  

General Suicide Prevention Resources

Minority Mental Health Resources

 

About the AFSP Massachusetts Chapter

The grassroots work our chapter does focuses on eliminating the loss of life from suicide by in Massachusetts by: delivering innovative prevention programs, educating the public about risk factors and warning signs, raising funds for suicide research and programs, and reaching out to those individuals who have lost someone to suicide.

Our chapter serves all of Massachusetts. As a part of AFSP’s growing nationwide network of chapters, we bring together people from all backgrounds who want to prevent suicide in our communities. Together we are creating a culture that's smart about mental health.

Learn more at: afsp.org/massachusetts

Connect with us on social media: Facebook / Twitter / Instagram

 

Make a Difference (Register for an upcoming event!)

SIP IN THE PARK: June 22nd click here

BE THE VOICE KARAOKE: Summer 2021 (details coming soon!)

BOSTON MARATHON: October 2021 (details coming soon!)

OUT OF THE DARKNESS COMMUNITY WALKS:

Central MA Sat. 9/18 www.afsp.org/centralma
Easton Sat. 9/25 www.afsp.org/easton
Franklin County Sat. 9/25 www.afsp.org/greenfield
North Shore Sat. 9/25 www.afsp.org/northshore
South Shore / Cape Cod Sat. 10/2 www.afsp.org/southshore
Berkshire County Sat. 10/2 www.afsp.org/berkshirecounty
MetroWest Sun. 10/3 www.afsp.org/natick
Merrimack Valley Sat. 10/16 www.afsp.org/merrimackvalley
Greater Springfield Sat. 10/23 www.afsp.org/springfieldma
Boston Area Sat. 10/30 www.afsp.org/bostonwalk
 

 

Take Action

With programs and events across the state, our chapter is at the forefront of suicide prevention. Families and friends who have lost someone to suicide, vulnerable individuals, mental health professionals, clergy, educators, students, community/business leaders, and many others energize our chapter. If you are ready to volunteer, click here to complete an application.

 

Discover Community Programs

Healing Conversations gives survivors of suicide loss the opportunity to speak with volunteers, who are themselves loss survivors.

Available by phone or video chat, our volunteers are familiar with the isolation that so often accompanies a death of this kind, and are able to show suicide loss survivors a way forward into a world of support.

Contact Associate Area Director Michele Lee to learn more.

 

Talk Saves Lives is a community-based presentation that covers the general scope of suicide, the research on prevention, and what people can do to fight suicide.

Attendees will learn the risk and warning signs of suicide, and how together, we can help prevent it.

Click here to find a public program or contact Associate Area Director Heather White to schedule a private group presentation.

 

Connect With Us

Jessica van der Stad | Area Director | (617) 439-0940 | jvanderstad@afsp.org

Michele Lee | Associate Area Director | (508) 450-3309 | mlee@afsp.org

Heather White | Associate Area Director | (413) 387-3770 | hwhite@afsp.org