Suicide Prevention & Postvention

Samaritans of Merrimack Valley

Family Services’ Samaritans of Merrimack Valley strives to reduce the incidence of suicide in the Merrimack Valley and throughout Massachusetts by providing “befriending” to individuals who are lonely, depressed and contemplating suicide or self-injury. Suicide prevention is one of the primary goals of the Samaritans, although services also include postvention services, trainings and seminars, and support groups.

Stay tuned for details on our next Samaritans’ classroom training.  Following the classroom training, participants will also be required to complete 20 hours on the crisis line in the company of a trained volunteer. After that, “Samaritan Numbers” will be assigned and crisis line shifts can be scheduled to fit participants’ schedules. We require a commitment of coverage of one 5-hour shift per week for one year (with some degree of flexibility). We also require that each volunteer attends a 2 hour refresher session each year.  For additional information, please contact the Samaritans’ Program Coordinator by telephone at: 978.327.6673.  Family Services’ Samaritans is a member of the Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention, the Northeast Regional Coalition for Suicide Prevention, and the American Association of Suicidology.

If you or someone you know is in imminent risk of suicide, call 911 or an ambulance to take them to an emergency room.

Family Services’ Samaritans provides a free and confidential crisis help line to those who are lonely, despairing, suicidal or need someone to listen. This service is provided by trained volunteers who provide unconditional and non-judgmental “TLC” – talking, listening and caring. This service is available (daily) from 8 AM to 11 PM by calling our Crisis Help Line at 866-912-HOPE (4673), or 978-327-6607.

Additional Resources:

877-870-4673 – Samaritans Statewide Crisis Help Line

1-800-273-8255 – National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

1-508-532-2255 – Call2Talk

To contact a Samaritans staff member, please call 978-327-6671 or fill out the form below: