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

By |June 16th, 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

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.

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

By |June 15th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Written by our inspiring teen volunteer, Mitchell As a Helpline [...]

Our Statement on Racial Equity & Justice

By |June 12th, 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

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.

Depression and suicidal ideation in people living with diabetes

By |May 20th, 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , |

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.

Executive Director Reflections: Mental Health Awareness Month

By |May 11th, 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , |

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.

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

By |May 11th, 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , |

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

Inspired by human connection, Rachel steps into the crisis center

By |May 8th, 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , |

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.

Loss, stress, and trauma for a practicing attorney

By |April 24th, 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , |

Joseph Feaster, suicide loss survivor and Samaritans Council member, shares about his experience losing his son, Joseph III, to suicide and how being involved with Samaritans has helped in his grief.

Executive Director Reflections: Volunteer Appreciation Month

By |April 13th, 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , |

Executive Director, Kathy Marchi, will share her insights each month on our new blog series Executive Director Reflections. In April 2020, she reflects on how thankful we are to our amazing volunteers during Volunteer Appreciation Month.

Struggling with mental health issues and grief, David reaches out to our Helpline

By |April 7th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

David Cohen, suicide loss survivor, 5K participant, and user of our 24/7 Helpline, shares about his experience losing his brother, Michael, to suicide and how using Samaritans' 24/7 Helpline has helped

After losing her son to suicide, Maria finds comfort at SafePlace meetings

By |April 7th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , |

Maria Sallese, suicide loss survivor and SafePlace participant, shares about her experience losing her son Mario to suicide and how being involved with Samaritans has helped in her grief.

Overcoming fear to volunteer on Samaritans’ 24/7 Helpline

By |April 7th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , |

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.

High school student and suicide loss survivor learns to help those who suffer

By |April 3rd, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Olivia Weber, suicide loss survivor, describes her experience at Samaritans' suicide prevention workshop and how the skills she learned can help others who are struggling

Volunteering at Samaritans feels like a gift to me

By |February 21st, 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , |

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.

Meet the Samaritans 2020 Marathon Team (Part 2)

By |February 12th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |

The Samaritans 2020 Boston Marathon team is off to a record-breaking start, with more than $151,000 raised toward our team goal of $180,000 and 67 days to go! The 14 dedicated runners 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, Caroline, Casey, Doug, and Jacqui share their experiences preparing for the 2020 Boston Marathon.

Executive Director Reflections: What Connects Me to Samaritans’ Mission

By |February 11th, 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |

Executive Director, Kathy Marchi, will share her insights each month on our new blog series Executive Director Reflections. In February 2020, she reflects on what connects her to Samaritans' mission.

Guest Blog: Be Beautifully Simply You

By |January 17th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

In our guest blog series, we invite folks with lived experiences of suicidality to share the story of their pain and their healing. In this month's post, Ivy Watts, founder of Beautifully Simply You, shares how her feelings of inadequacy and worthlessness contributed to suicidal thoughts, and the steps of self love she took to regain her life.

Executive Director Reflections: What I’ve Learned in Month #1

By |January 14th, 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |

Executive Director, Kathy Marchi, will share her insights each month on our new blog series Executive Director Reflections. In January 2020, she reflects on what she has learned in month#1.