Samaritans’ goal is to reduce the risk of suicide and increase awareness about suicide prevention throughout Greater Boston and across MA.
We accomplish this through three key programs:
Last fiscal year (ending June 30, 2017) more than 300 helpline volunteers helped us answer over 75,000 calls and text contacts; we delivered over 360 suicide prevention workshops and community outreaches to over 15,000 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. In addition, there were over 6,800 Emergency Department Visits for self-inflicted injuries and more than 4,000 hospital discharges for self-inflicted injuries.
Most suicides occur among middle aged people, with 26% of all suicides occurring with those aged between 45 – 54 years. While white males make up the majority (77%) of suicides in MA, there have been steady increases in the rates of suicides for both sexes. And, suicide is the second leading cause of death among young people aged 15-24 years.