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Introducing Megan Wirth, Volunteer Coordinator

By |July 16th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , |

Megan Wirth joined Samaritans as a Volunteer Coordinator in June 2019. She started at Samaritans as a Helpline volunteer in January 2018 and quickly grew to love Samaritans’ mission and environment.

Introducing Elizabeth Weiss, Overnight Helpline Coordinator

By |July 15th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , |

Elizabeth Weiss joined Samaritans in May of 2019 as an Overnight Helpline Coordinator for the summer. She is a recent graduate of Vanderbilt University where she studied Psychology, History of Art, and Italian Studies.

Welcome Emma Albright to Samaritans Board of Directors!

By |June 26th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , |

Emma Albright has been involved with Samaritans for four years and is thrilled to be joining the Board of Directors. As a former Samaritans volunteer, mentor to new volunteers, and Homeleader, Emma had the privilege of coming to know those who use our services, and the many paths that may lead a person to pick up the phone, write a text, or visit a SafePlace meeting.

Inspiring teen volunteers remind us of the importance of Samaritans’ work

By |May 14th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Helpline volunteers come to Samaritans from all backgrounds and experiences. We recently celebrated our youngest volunteers at our Teen Volunteer Parent Night, where four of our young volunteers shared the impact that their experience at Samaritans has had on their lives.

The Kenyan community is proud to support Samaritans 2019 Breakfast for Hope

By |April 29th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

The Kenyan Community is proud to join and support Samaritans 2019 Breakfast for Hope as first time attendees. In our time of need, Samaritans offered hope, to partner with and support the Kenyan community as we came to terms, tried to cope, and looked for answers to the number of suicides affecting our community.

Meet the Samaritans 2019 Marathon Team (Part 4)

By |April 10th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , |

With just three days until the 2019 Boston Marathon, we are ecstatic to announce that our team has nearly surpassed $200,000 raised for our organization! The dedicated runners on this team are loss survivors, volunteers, and folks who have benefited from our programs and services. In our final highlight before the Marathon, we'd like to introduce you to Diana and Mo, who share how they're preparing for the big day.

Creating a community of empathetic students

By |March 12th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , |

Ten years ago, Samaritans’ Community Education and Outreach team first entered my health classroom. I cannot begin to describe how transformative and significant this visit would be for the students -- and for me. Like many individuals, I was scared to talk about suicide and depression. Even though I knew how common mental illness is, I did not know how to talk about it. The social stigma that exists with mental health issues is an unspoken issue in society, and it was a strong barrier even for a health educator. 

Meet the Samaritans 2019 Marathon Team (Part 3)

By |March 12th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , |

The Samaritans 2019 Boston Marathon team is off to a record-breaking start, with nearly $150,000 raised toward our team goal of $160,000, with 60 days to go! The 13 dedicated individuals on this team are loss survivors, volunteers, and folks who have benefited from our programs and services. Each month leading up to the big day, we’ll be highlighting members of our outstanding team. This month, Amanda, Chris, and Erin R. share how they're preparing for the 2019 Boston Marathon.

Meet the Samaritans 2019 Marathon Team (Part 2)

By |February 13th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , |

The Samaritans 2019 Boston Marathon team is off to a record-breaking start, with more than $122,000 raised toward our team goal of $160,000, with 60 days to go! The 13 dedicated individuals on this team are loss survivors, volunteers, and folks who have benefited from our programs and services. Each month leading up to the big day, we’ll be highlighting members of our outstanding team. This month, Callahan and Joy share how they're preparing for the 2019 Boston Marathon.

Meet the Samaritans 2019 Marathon Team (Part 1)

By |January 16th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , |

The Samaritans 2019 Boston Marathon team is off to a record-breaking start, with more than $100,000 raised toward our team goal of $150,000, with 88 days to go! The 13 dedicated individuals on this team are loss survivors, volunteers, and folks who have benefited from our programs and services. Each month leading up to the big day, we’ll be highlighting members of our outstanding team. This month, Sarah, Erin B., Tatiana, and Delaney share how they're preparing for the 2019 Boston Marathon.

After tragedy, one suicide loss survivor devotes decades to helping others

By |December 21st, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Samaritans volunteer and former Board member Jane Quercia has been involved with Samaritans for 30 years. This is her story.

After Suicide: Understanding Your Grief

By |November 13th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , |

In addition to this pervasive question of “why," survivors may also struggle with powerful feelings of confusion, guilt, remorse, anger, abandonment, shame, fear of another suicide, depression, and sometimes their own feelings of wanting to be dead.

The origin of the Samaritans 5K

By |September 28th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |

When I started working at Samaritans in 1997, Executive Director Melisa Poulos had me meet with our tireless Board members -- all of whom were very involved with the organization, especially supporting our fundraising efforts. One of the first Board members I met, Sandy Shapiro, said we needed a sustainable fundraiser that would gain more visibility for the organization; one that would really drive people’s attendance. 

Team Captain finds purpose each year at Samaritans 5K

By |September 21st, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , |

We discovered Samaritans a few short months after my younger brother Ryan took his life. Ryan was an incredibly active and inclusive kid, and we felt the Samaritans Annual 5K Run/Walk for Suicide Prevention would be an amazing way to not only honor him but have one day a year where we can all be together to celebrate his life.

Suicide loss survivor part of “big, beautiful community” at Samaritans 5K

By |September 7th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

I had isolated myself in my grief, and I was convinced that nobody else could ever possibly understand my loss – how could they? But then, at the 5K, I was face-to-face with so many people who did understand, and my heart felt filled with hope for the first time in so long.

SafePlace attendee finds another way to cope at Samaritans 5K

By |August 31st, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , |

When Adrienne Pilarski lost her Uncle Tom to suicide in 2016, she wasn’t sure what to do. “I had many mixed emotions and didn’t really know how to respond to his death,” she says.

Feeling empowered at Samaritans 5K

By |August 24th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

During his toughest battles with substance abuse, Robert Clark didn’t think he would still be here today. Today, with the encouragement of his mother, support group, sponsor, and larger community, Robert celebrates his four-year anniversary of sobriety.

Twisted Sisters Gear up for First Samaritans 5K

By |August 17th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Nicole Pirani, Team Captain of Twisted Sisters, knows firsthand the effect a suicide can have on a family left behind. She and her sister Suzanne lost their brother, Tom, to suicide 34 years ago, when he was just 20 years old. “We thought that he was untouchable,” Nicole says, “but we learned quickly about the fragility of life. The idea that someone could feel unworthy of living became a reality to us.”

Channeling grief to celebrate life at Samaritans 5K

By |July 20th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , |

Max Skinner, Captain of Team Thropic, lost his mother to suicide four years ago. Two years ago, he participated in his first Samaritans 5K to celebrate his mother’s life. Read more about Max’s story and how he’s preparing for his next go-round at the 5K.

Meet the Samaritans 2018 Boston Marathon Team (Part 5)

By |April 10th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: |

With less than a week until Race Day, Samaritans 2018 Boston Marathon Team continues to ramp up both fundraising and training, with more than $115,000 raised toward our team goal of $145,000! The 14 dedicated individuals on this team are loss survivors, volunteers, and people that have benefited from our Helpline. They are taking on 26.2 miles to raise funds and support Samaritans’ programs and services. In our final Marathon highlight, check out our Q&A session with Samantha and Gretchen about the homestretch of their training.

Teen volunteers are inspired and empowered

By |February 20th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |

Three of our teen volunteers speak about their journey to becoming a part of the Samaritans community, the importance of volunteerism, and the impact that their experience has had on their lives outside of the Crisis Center walls.

GRAMMY moment looks to prevent suicide

By |January 31st, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |

Logic’s 2018 GRAMMY performance was a powerful display of solidarity to those affected by suicide. Read how the Samaritans volunteers stepped up during the broadcast to support people in their time of need!

How to Cope with the holidays If You’ve lost a Loved One to suicide

By |December 12th, 2017|Categories: Blog|

For those who have lost someone to suicide, December may be a time of mixed emotions. With this in mind, we wanted to share with you some things that have helped others to get through the holidays.

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