Samaritans’ goal is to reduce the risk of suicide and increase awareness about suicide prevention throughout Greater Boston and MetroWest. We accomplish this through three key programs:
Last fiscal year (ending June 30, 2016) more than 260 helpline volunteers helped us answer over 74,000 calls, over 1,700 text contacts and over 1,000 chat contacts; we delivered over 3,300 suicide prevention workshops and community outreaches to over 13,000 people; and made over 1,000 connections with people bereaved by suicide. Learn more about becoming a volunteer →
The Community Need for Samaritans’ Services
Suicide and self-inflicted injuries among Massachusetts residents are a significant yet largely preventable public health problem. According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Injury Surveillance Program during 2014, 608 people died by suicide. There were 585 suicides in 2013. Suicide rates in Massachusetts have increased an average of 3.6% per year between 2003 and 2013.
Most suicides occur in the middle ages with 26% of all suicides aged between 45 – 54 years. Suicides among males exceeded females by almost 4 to 1. There were over 6,800 Emergency Department Visits for self-inflicted injuries and more than 4,000 hospital discharges for self-inflicted injuries. While white males make up the majority (73%) of suicides in MA, there have been steady increases in the rates of suicides for both sexes between 2003 and 2013. From 2003-2013 the rate of suicides for males increased 29% and 44% for females.