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Helpline volunteer shares words of wisdom

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

Helpline volunteers come to Samaritans from all backgrounds and experiences. Alissa Chen, former Helpline volunteer and Development & Communications intern at Samaritans, shares some of her initial concerns about volunteering at Samaritans and how she overcame those fears.

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.

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.