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At Samaritans, we know that every member of society has a role to play in preventing suicide. As the media have the power to report on and craft the narrative around such public health issues, we want to work with journalists to safely and accurately report on suicide and our programs. If you’re looking to speak to experts on suicide prevention programming, the impact of suicide to a community, or ways to help someone who is struggling, we encourage you to reach out to us.

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In The News

Suicide deaths reportedly drop, but Massachusetts advocate warns of long-term pandemic impact

Boston Herald

“A preliminary report showing suicide deaths dropped last year could be the result of more people talking about mental health, but some warn it’s too early to tell what’s ahead.”

Boston Suicide Prevention Hotline Experiences ‘Increase In Demand’ Due To Pandemic, Election

CBS Boston

“A CDC study found that in June 2020, 11 percent of adults surveyed ‘seriously considered’ suicide…”

Wenham native Steve Watson runs to raise awareness of suicide prevention

Wicked Local

“Steve Watson was out pounding the pavement on Sept. 26. But he wasn’t running for fun. He was running for a cause.”

Healing miles: Taunton woman walks in memory of her brother and other suicide victims

Wicked Local

“Teddy Fusco was 41 when he died by suicide in May 2017.”

South End Resident Runs Marathon Around Charles River to Raise Funds to Support Samaritans

Boston Sun

“Long time South End resident Doug Murphy ran his first ever marathon back in April to support non-profit organization Samaritans, which supports suicide prevention.”

Woburn Native Walks For Son Lost To Suicide

Patch

“When Woburn native Maria Sallese first heard about the Samaritans Run/Walk for Suicide Prevention, last year, her loss was still fresh: her son had died by suicide in Feb. 2019, just months earlier.”

988 Suicide Prevention Hotline Bill Heads To President Trump

WBUR News

“A bill to designate 988 as the three-digit telephone number for the national suicide hotline has passed in the House of Representatives and is headed to President Trump for signature, according to U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton’s office.”

Waltham resident to run in 5K Run/Walk for Suicide Prevention

Wicked Local

“Carrie Howder, of Waltham, will be participating in the Samaritans 5K Run/Walk for Suicide Prevention at 10 a.m. Sept. 26.”

Senator Rausch and Samaritans to Host Virtual Mental Health Forum

Patch

“Senator Rausch (D-Needham) and Samaritans, Inc. of Massachusetts will host an Facebook Live conversation about mental health during COVID-19.”

Ruggiero taking part in Samaritans run/walk

Wicked Local

“Medfield resident Kathy Ruggiero is participating in the Samaritans 5K Run/Walk for Suicide Prevention. She is the captain of Chris Shea’s smile in honor of Chris Shea, who was lost to suicide.”

Quincy’s Dennis Sheppard runs for a cause

The Patriot Ledger

“Dennis Sheppard ran the virtual 124th Boston Marathon with the Samaritans Boston Marathon Team on Monday to raise awareness for suicide prevention.”

Dedham Man Helps Virtually Connect People Affected By Suicide

Patch

” Joe Cedrone of Dedham knows first-hand what it is to mourn someone who has died by suicide, it’s part of the reason he was drawn to help others who have lost friends or family.”

Team 4 Mario finds silver linings to virtual 5K

Wicked Local

“My son, Mario, died by suicide in February of 2019. This is the second year that Team 4 Mario and I will be participating in the Samaritans 5K Run/Walk for Suicide Prevention.”

Suicide awareness and prevention during COVID-19

Canton Community TV

Chief Program Officer, Ron White, and Samaritans Board member, Kacy Maitland, discover suicide and the pandemic on Canton Community Television.

Massachusetts suicide prevention advocates sounding alarm during coronavirus crisis

Boston Herald

“Suicide prevention has never been more important with many facing isolation and unemployment as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, according to Massachusetts advocates who are raising awareness and urging people to seek help.”

Newton Resident Leads Suicide Prevention Event

Patch

“Newton resident Kathleen Marchi’s work as Executive Director for Boston-based Samaritans has never been more important with many struggling to navigate life changes and isolation because of the global pandemic.”

Crisis Hotlines In Mass. See Rise In Calls, Texts During Pandemic

WBUR News

“Some suicide prevention hotlines in Massachusetts have seen a significant increase in calls in the first six months of 2020, with the most notable jump happening since the pandemic began in March.”

More people with mental illness seeking help with pandemic-induced stress

WCVB

“The stress of this pandemic is taking hold across the state. People who struggle with mental health issues are some of the most vulnerable during times of extreme crisis like this.”

COVID-19 Spikes Calls To Suicide Hotlines Nationwide

Talking Points Memo

“Cut off from friends and family, faced with the monotony of the interior of your home, mingled only with the prospect of losing your job in a looming economic crisis as a pandemic threatens you and those you love.”

Amid coronavirus, a surge in calls to Massachusetts suicide prevention hotline

Boston Globe

“The far-reaching fallout from the coronavirus pandemic has led to widespread feelings of isolation and anxiety across the nation, and prompted a surge in calls to Massachusetts’ largest suicide prevention hotline, officials said.”

Saugus runner says she may join some Samaritans teammates on their own race if COVID-19 cancels the Boston Marathon

The Saugus Advocate

“Stephanie Jandrys says she adored her cousin, Teddy Fusco.”

Stephanie Jandrys is running for suicide prevention in memory of her cousin

Boston.com

“I am humbled and honored to be a part of Samaritans’ 2020 Boston Marathon team.”

Walpole native to run Boston Marathon with Samaritans team

Wicked Local

“Members of the Samaritans Marathon Team will run in the 124th Boston Marathon to honor loved ones lost to suicide, while raising funds, hope and awareness for suicide prevention.”

Stonington Woman Will Run Boston Marathon For Suicide Prevention

Patch

“Stonington native Callahan McGuinness is running this year’s Boston Marathon for very important and deeply personal reasons.”

Samaritans executive from Chelmsford retires

The Lowell Sun

“Steve Mongeau has officially stepped down as executive director of Boston nonprofit Samaritans, Inc., the longtime Chelmsford resident said earlier this month.”

Samaritans seeing increase in suicide rates — here’s how you can help

Boston 25 News

“It is the busiest suicide prevention office in the northeast.”

Chelmsford man, Samaritans leader, retires

Wicked Local

“When the tragedy of suicide hit Steve Mongeau’s family, the Chelmsford resident began his mission to aid others.”

Feeling hopeless? Call Samaritans at 877-870-HOPE (4673)

Fifty Plus Advocate

“When Anthony Bourdain, the famed American celebrity chef, author, and travel documentarian, took his own life in June 2018, callers flooded the 24/7 Helpline at Samaritans Inc. in Boston”

Chelmsford man leads suicide-prevention effort

Wicked Local

“The loss of a beloved sister who took her own life led Chelmsford resident Steven Mongeau to his role as helpline volunteer for Samaritans, a longstanding organization dedicated to helping those at risk for suicide.”

Boston Sunday Review: Steve Mongeau, and Cheri Andes

98.5 The Sports Hub

“The Exec Director and head of Grief Services at the Samaritans talk about National Suicide Prevention Week,  how to prevent suicides and support individuals and families who have lost loved ones to suicide”

Moulton pushes for three-digit suicide hotline  

The Salem News

“Suicide rates have reached their highest levels since the end of World War II, according to federal data, claiming an average of 20 lives a day.”

Advocates Hope For A ‘Turning Point’ In Suicide Prevention With 988 Crisis Hotline Number

WBUR

“Some Boston-based suicide prevention advocates are backing a bill co-sponsored by Massachusetts U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton that would make 988 the phone number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.”

Rep. Seth Moulton calls for National Suicide Hotline Designation Act

Boston 25 News

“Local leaders are asking Congress to designate a national mental health emergency hotline to help those suffering from mental illness.”

Samaritans to hold 21st annual 5K for suicide prevention

Wicked Local

“Samaritans will hold the 21st annual 5K Run/Walk for Suicide Prevention at 10 a.m. Sept. 28 at DCR Artesani Park in Brighton.”

As I See It: We all have a part in suicide prevention

Worcester Telegram & Gazette

“June marks one year since the lives of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain were taken by suicide — when the nation was rocked with the news that two people who seemed to ‘have it all’ felt desperate and alone enough to end their lives.”

Inspiring the next generation

Hebrew College

“Growing up in Austin, Texas, Leah Goldstein knew she wanted to be a leader in the Jewish community.”

Boston Marathon: Worcester native Erin Rogers runs for Samaritans to shed light on suicide

Worcester Telegram & Gazette

“Athletics were a central part of Erin Rogers’ educational experience at Notre Dame Academy.”

Who from Belmont is running the Boston Marathon?

Wicked Local

“There are 41 Belmont residents participating in this year’s Boston Marathon on April 15.”

Samaritans Marathon Team to run in memory of loved ones

Wicked Local

“Members of the Samaritans Marathon Team will run in the 123rd Boston Marathon on April 15 to honor loved ones lost to suicide, while raising funds and awareness for suicide prevention.”

Merrimack woman to run for good cause in Boston Marathon

Nashua Telegraph

“Town resident Michelle ‘Mo’ Wheeler has made many strides in her life.”

A wonderful life cut short

The Sun Chronicle

“They say that the worst thing that can happen to any parent is to bury your own child after getting that late-night phone call or knock on the door with news that will forever change your existence.”

Joy Kogut to Run Boston Marathon for Samaritans Services

Jamaica Plain Gazette

“Members of the Samaritans Marathon Team including Jamaica Plain resident Joy Kogut will be running in the 123rd Boston Marathon to honor loved ones lost to suicide, while raising funds, hope, and awareness for suicide prevention.”

Weston Resident to Run Boston Marathon for Suicide Prevention

Patch

“Weston resident Delaney Callaghan will be running the 123rd Boston Marathon for a very personal reason.”

Brooks to run Boston Marathon for Samaritans Team in memory of her father

North Reading Transcript

“North Reading native Erin Brooks will be running the 123rd Boston Marathon in memory of her father, James Brooks.”

North End Resident Running Boston Marathon For Samaritans

North End Waterfront

“North End resident Callahan McGuinness will be running this year’s Boston Marathon to raise money and awareness for suicide prevention as part of the Samaritans Marathon Team.”

Roslindale native to run Boston Marathon for suicide prevention awareness

Wicked Local

“Roslindale native Joy Kogut is a member of the Samaritans Marathon Team, which will be running in the 123rd Boston Marathon on April 15 to honor loved ones lost to suicide while raising funds, hope and awareness for suicide prevention.”

5 for Good: Hundreds of volunteers offer lifeline to people in despair

WCVB

“David Cohen is on a mission to fight the stigma of mental illness. “

Break the stigma: preventing attorney suicide

Mass Lawyers Weekly

“As the 10th leading cause of death in the country, suicide is a public health crisis.”

WBZ Cares: Samaritans Services

WBZ 1030 News Radio

“Samaritans Executive Director Steve Mongeau says their mission is to reduce the incidence of suicide by alleviating despair, isolation, and distress.”

WBZ Cares: Samaritans, A Crisis Sounding Board

WBZ 1030 News Radio

“Chief Program Officer Ron White says volunteers on the helpline serve as a sounding board for those in crisis.”

WBZ Cares: Samaritans 24-Hour Hotline

WBZ 1030 News Radio

“Emma Albright is among the 300 volunteers at Samaritans who take calls and texts from people in crisis on the 24-hour Helpline.”

WBZ Cares: History Of Samaritans

WBZ 1030 News Radio

“Samaritans has a rather storied history here.”

WBZ Cares: Suicide Does Not Discriminate

WBZ 1030 News Radio

“Samaritans Director of Community Education and Outreach Lauren Gablinske says suicide does not discriminate.”

Undergrads Run Samaritans 5K in Memory of Harvard Senior Patel

Harvard Crimson

“Sporting homemade T-shirts and pushing strollers, over 2,500 people took to the streets of Brighton this weekend for the Samaritans 20th Annual 5K for Suicide Prevention, jogging along the Charles for three miles in order to raise awareness and funds for those at risk of suicide.”

‘Christian’s Team’ Among Thousands Walking For Samaritans, Suicide Prevention

WBZ CBS Boston

“People from all over the Boston area are getting ready to lace up their sneakers, and support the work of the Samaritans, to try and prevent suicides.”

Advocate for suicide prevention joins 20th anniversary of Samaritans Run

Wicked Local

“You’re not alone.
That was the message that Donalda Hingston heard when she attended the Samaritans Run/Walk for Suicide Prevention 17 years ago.”

Taunton woman walking in Samaritans 5K to honor brother lost to suicide
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Taunton Daily Gazette

“Jen Hoye can still remember her brother’s caring personality and ready smile.”

Brookline native raising funds, awareness for Samaritans

Wicked Local

“Brookline native Donalda Hingston is on a mission to raise $5,000 for the Samaritans this year.”

Stoughton man turns grief over wife’s suicide into a prevention mission

Wicked Local

“When Robert McGuiness saw that his wife, Pamela, would have a tough time dealing with things, they used to attribute it to just having a bad day.”

Belmont resident raises funds, awareness for suicide prevention

Wicked Local

“Belmont resident Carrie Howder will participate in the Samaritans 20th annual 5K Run/Walk for Suicide Prevention for a personal reason.”

Weymouth woman to fight depression with every step

Wicked Local

“Susanne Dosenberg-Kelly said she suffered depression and suicidal thoughts when her brother Greg Dosenberg, 27, died of suicide five days before Christmas 16 years ago.”

Just by listening, these volunteers save lives

WCVB

“A 24-hour call center like this one takes a lot of volunteers. They work without pay but not without reward.”

Samaritans to hold suicide prevention 5K run/walk

Wicked Local

“The Samaritans Inc. will hold its 20th annual suicide prevention 5K run/walk on Sept. 29 at Artesani Park, 1255 Soldiers Field Road, Brighton.”

Suicide Prevention Signs Posted at MBTA Stations

NBC Boston

“Commuters will soon be seeing signs posted at various Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority stations encouraging people to call for help if they may be contemplating suicide.”

Signs aim to stop suicide by train

The Salem News

“New signs have been posted at local railroad crossings and train stations urging people to call for help if they’re contemplating suicide.”

Suicide: We need to be brave enough to ask

Washington Post

“Tory and I were 16 when we started at the suicide hotline.”

‘They want help’: Crisis hotlines inundated with calls after celebrity suicides

NBC News

“Samaritans of Greater Boston, a volunteer suicide prevention organization, saw a 60 percent increase in calls from Wednesday, the day after Spade died, through Saturday, the day after Bourdain died, compared to what the service has been averaging in recent months.”

The Importance of Suicide Awareness in Preventing Tragedy

NECN

“With the recent suicides of Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade, advocates and health officials want people to realize there are resources for those in need.”

Samaritans Annual Breakfast for Hope

NECN

“Steve Mongeau, executive director of Samaritans, speaks ahead of their Thursday Breakfast for Hope fundraiser.”

Cummings Foundation Makes Sustaining Grants To 33 Nonprofits

Patch

“Dozens of local nonprofit organizations received news this week that likely made not just their day, but their decade.”

Cummings Foundation ‘sustains’ 33 local nonprofits with $10M in grant

Wicked Local

“Dozens of local nonprofit organizations received news this week that likely made not just their day, but their decade.”

Wellesley resident running to support Samaritans Marathon Team

Wicked Local

“Julia Cooper of Wellesley will run in the Boston Marathon in support of Samaritans Marathon Team.”

Five Years Later, Still Boston Strong

Lifeline Crisis Centers

“A quilt hangs in the Samaritans office in Boston, depicting familiar scenes in the city — the Zakim Bridge, the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade, and the Prudential building.”

Chai in the Hub Honoree Samantha Joseph on Suicide Prevention

Jewish Boston

“Some people run the Boston Marathon to fulfill a personal goal.”

Tragic family background spurs Canton woman to run Marathon for suicide prevention

Wicked Local

“She had finally achieved calmness and serenity. So, in August 2012, Teri Murphy Regan wasn’t prepared for the bad news she and her family received.”

Samaritans Team To Run Boston Marathon To Save Lives

Patch

“Members of the Samaritans Marathon Team will be running in the 122nd Boston Marathon to honor loved ones lost to suicide, while raising funds, hope, and awareness for suicide prevention.”

Norwell resident running Boston Marathon to raise awareness on suicide prevention

Wicked Local

“When Kim Gagnon crosses the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday, April 16, knowing the help she will be bringing to those in need will be worth the exhaustion the 26.2 miles will bring.”

Boston Marathon Profile: Veronica Reichardt​ Runs For Samaritans

Patch

“Today, we meet Boston Marathon veteran Veronica Reichardt, who is 34. Reichardt grew up in Nantucket, previously lived in Worcester, and just moved to Sturbridge. Good luck, Veronica!”

Andover runner on Samaritans Team in Boston Marathon    

Andover Townsman

“Andover resident Andrea Coppola Mendes will be running in the upcoming Boston Marathon for a very personal reason.”

Mendes to run Marathon in honor of her twin sister

Tewksbury Town Crier

“Andrea Coppola Mendes, a former Tewksbury resident and a 1989 graduate of Tewksbury High School, will be running the 122nd Boston Marathon in April for a very personal reason.”

Mom’s Memory Drives Milford Marathon Runner

Chris Villani

“Like many marathon runners, Milford resident Brian Andersen has a lot of time to think when he’s out pounding the pavement. “

Canton woman impacted by suicide to run Boston Marathon

Wicked Local

“Theresa Regan of Canton will run the 122nd Boston Marathon in April for a very personal reason.”

Samaritan volunteers text a path to hope

Boston Globe

“It’s a Friday night in Boston, and Jarrod LaBarge can hear the sounds of the city four floors below.”

Everett native to celebrate new book, help Samaritans, in event at Night Shift

Everett Independent

“Everett native Steve Doyle will be returning to his hometown next week to promote his recently published mystery thriller book, ‘Drag.’”

Meet the Chai in the Hub Honorees: Part Two

Jewish Boston

“For Samantha Joseph, a 35-year-old from Allentown, Pa., tikkun olam are the watchwords by which she lives; dedication to repairing the world is an imperative.”

Buchsbaum appointed to Samaritans Board

Jewish Journal

“Samaritans, Inc., a nonprofit suicide prevention organization, is proud to announce the addition of Larry Buchsbaum to its Board of Directors.”