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

Written by our inspiring teen volunteer, Mitchell As a Helpline volunteer at Samaritans for nearly two years, my life has been enriched in ways I never predicted. Initially, my goal in becoming a Befriender (that's what we call our Helpline volunteers) was to make a dent in what I saw was a growing problem of [...]

2020-06-15T12:44:13-04:00June 15th, 2020|

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

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

2020-04-07T12:53:19-04:00April 3rd, 2020|

Inspiring teen volunteers remind us of the importance of Samaritans’ work

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.

2019-05-15T12:39:27-04:00May 14th, 2019|

The Kenyan community is proud to support Samaritans 2019 Breakfast for Hope

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.

2019-04-29T15:24:41-04:00April 29th, 2019|

Creating a community of empathetic students

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. 

2019-03-12T16:39:17-04:00March 12th, 2019|

Twisted Sisters Gear up for First Samaritans 5K

Nicole Pirani, Team Captain of Twisted Sisters, knows firsthand the effect a suicide can have on a family left behind. She and her sister Suzanne lost their brother, Tom, to suicide 34 years ago, when he was just 20 years old. “We thought that he was untouchable,” Nicole says, “but we learned quickly about the fragility of life. The idea that someone could feel unworthy of living became a reality to us.”

2018-08-17T13:23:49-04:00August 17th, 2018|

Youth Voices: Desmond

Desmond Herzfelder, a junior at Noble and Greenough School, struggled with his mental health in middle school, describing it as “an inability to experience happiness.”

2018-07-09T10:41:26-04:00July 9th, 2018|