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Losing two brothers to suicide, Alex finds a community at SafePlace

Our dear Grief Support Services volunteer facilitator, Alex Magyar (pictured center, above), lost his older brother (Adam, pictured left) to suicide on December 8, 2017 and his younger brother (Josh, pictured right) to suicide on October 24, 2019. Here, he shares the story of how his grief has moved him to become a facilitator with our Grief Support Services where he is able to help other suicide loss survivors.

2020-06-16T15:05:15-04:00June 16th, 2020|

After losing his friend to suicide, Mitchell is moved to get involved

Written by our inspiring teen volunteer, Mitchell As a Helpline volunteer at Samaritans for nearly two years, my life has been enriched in ways I never predicted. Initially, my goal in becoming a Befriender (that's what we call our Helpline volunteers) was to make a dent in what I saw was a growing problem of [...]

2020-06-15T12:44:13-04:00June 15th, 2020|

Our Statement on Racial Equity & Justice

While no individual action or plan alone is adequate in dismantling racism, we all have a part to play. We urge you, along with us, to be brave in discovering the ways our individual and collective actions have allowed systemic and social injustices to exist for too long. We ask you to also commit to tangible anti-racist actions every day and invite you to hold us accountable.

2020-06-17T14:46:02-04:00June 12th, 2020|

Introducing Samienta Pierre-Vil, Overnight Helpline Coordinator

Samienta Pierre-Vil joined Samaritans as an Overnight Helpline Coordinator in February 2020.

2020-05-27T14:32:51-04:00May 27th, 2020|

Depression and suicidal ideation in people living with diabetes

The comorbidity of diabetes and depression is a toxic combination. Coexisting depression in people with diabetes is associated with higher rates of diabetic complications, higher hba1cs, lower adherence to insulin therapy such as skipping doses, a lower quality of life, higher healthcare costs, and a higher risk of death. Additionally, diabetes can trigger depression, and depression can make diabetes management worse, creating a vicious cycle.

2020-05-20T13:54:47-04:00May 20th, 2020|

Executive Director Reflections: Mental Health Awareness Month

Executive Director, Kathy Marchi, will share her insights each month on our new blog series Executive Director Reflections. In May 2020, she reflects on how to take care of our mental health during the coronavirus pandemic during National Mental Health Awareness Month.

2020-05-12T08:13:50-04:00May 11th, 2020|

After attending a suicide prevention workshop, Courtney begins using our Helpline

Courtney Campbell shares about her mental health struggles and how using Samaritans' 24/7 Helpline has helped

2020-05-12T08:16:10-04:00May 11th, 2020|

Inspired by human connection, Rachel steps into the crisis center

In our volunteer blog series, Helpline volunteers share their experiences of training, answering their first calls, and growing to love being on the other end of the line for someone in need.

2020-05-08T15:14:04-04:00May 8th, 2020|