Support Services

Family Services Samaritans of Merrimack Valley is dedicated to supporting survivors of suicide loss who have lost a loved one to suicide. The grieving process in the wake of suicide is often complicated by the stigma that surrounds suicide. The Samaritans offers individual and group support to survivors to facilitate a healthy grieving process.

If you have lost a family member, friend or client by suicide,

  • You may find that even close friends can’t talk about the death, perhaps out of fear of upsetting you.
  • You may be overwhelmed by intense anger and worry about the rest of the family falling apart.
  • You may discover that the pain and grieving do not stop, in spite of your determined efforts.
  • You may wonder if you will ever be able to accept life fully and joyfully again.

But… You are not alone!

For more information about any of our Support Services, please complete the contact form  or call 978-327-6671.

Safe Place Support Group for Adults

Safe Place is a suicide survivor support group for adults (over 18) who have lost a loved one to suicide. Safe Place is a place for individuals to grieve, share difficulties and feelings, and find support from others who are grieving in the wake of a suicide death. Meetings are facilitated by a peer suicide survivor and are confidential and free.

Safe Place meets at two locations twice each month:

  • in North Andover on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Saint Michael Parish at 196 Main Street.
  • in Beverly on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church at 705 Hale Street.

Befriending Services

Often times, survivors are not ready for a support group. Samaritans’ crisis help lines are staffed by trained volunteers who will listen with compassion. If you need someone to listen, call 1-866-912-4673 or 978-327-6607. The statewide Samaritans number is: 1-877-870-4673. Call2Talk’s number is 508-532-CALL (2255).

Survivor to Survivor Suicide Services

This program provides support services directly to the survivors in their home. Two trained volunteers will come to your home for a couple of hours to listen, comfort, befriend, and help answer questions. This service provides help in the grieving process in safe and familiar surroundings.

Attempt Survivor Support Group

According to data reported by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, approximately 25 people attempt for every reported death by suicide.  The Samaritans of Merrimack Valley hosts a support group for individuals over age 18 who have attempted suicide in the past and are in need of connecting with others who have had the same experience.  During this eight week group series, participants will discuss topics such as safety planning, coping skills, self-care and processing past events.  Offered 3-4 times annually, this suicide attempt survivor support group, is confidential, free and led by Craig Miller, an attempt survivor.  To inquire about joining the group, please contact Debbie Helms at 978-327-6671.

“Journey with Hope” Newsletter

This quarterly newsletter is made available to help survivors of suicide loss as they navigate their way through the very unique process and journey of grieving a loved one’s suicide death. Journey With Hope is provided quarterly and offers tips, suggestions, articles, resources, and articles by fellow survivors of suicide loss. Submissions and suggestions are welcome – please contact us for more information.

Survivors of Suicide Resource Packets

We have survivor resources packets which include poems, literature on grieving a suicide death, places to call for comfort, suggested music to listen to, support groups, websites, books, etc. If you are interested in receiving one, please contact us.