Our goals are to reduce the risk of suicide, provide support for those who have lost someone to suicide, and increase awareness about suicide prevention throughout Greater Boston and across Massachusetts.

Suicide in Massachusetts

Suicide and self-inflicted injuries are a significant and preventable public health problem. According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, 631 people died by suicide in Massachusetts in 2016, and more than 44,000 people died by suicide nationwide.

Most reported suicides occur among middle-aged people, with 26% of all reported suicides occurring with those between 45 to 54 years old. While white males make up the majority (77%) of suicides in Massachusetts, there have been steady increases in the rates of suicides for all. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among young people aged 15-24 years.

Want to help?

Last year, more than 300 helpline volunteers helped us answer over 75,000 calls and text messages. We delivered more than 360 suicide prevention workshops to over 15,000 people, and made more than 1,000 connections with people bereaved by suicide. If you’re interested in learning about how to be involved with our programs, please complete the Volunteer Request Form.
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“There is no question in my mind, heart, and soul that I would not be alive today without the incredible folks at Samaritans.”

Anonymous Helpline caller