Suicide Prevention Coalition of Central Massachusetts
SPC of Central Massachusetts
The Suicide Prevention Coalition of Central Massachusetts is a partnership of mental health professionals, service providers, parents, survivors of completed and attempted suicide, and other individuals and organizations who are committed to preventing suicide.
This will be accomplished by raising awareness through education and widespread communication of information about mental health, suicide prevention, and prevention resources and services available in our region.
The mission of the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Central Massachusetts is to “prevent suicide.”
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention readily note that suicide is a serious public health problem that can have lasting harmful effects on individuals, families, and communities. While its causes are complex and determined by multiple factors, the goal of suicide prevention is simple:
Reduce factors that increase risk and increase factors that promote resilience.
Ideally, prevention addresses all levels of influence: individual, relationship, community, and societal. Effective prevention strategies are needed to promote awareness of suicide and encourage a commitment to social change.
A special focus on young people
For youth between the ages of 10 and 24, suicide is the third leading cause of death. It results in approximately 4600 lives lost each year. Deaths from youth suicide are only part of the problem.
More young people survive suicide attempts than actually die. Each year, approximately 157,000 youth between the ages of 10 and 24 receive medical care for self-inflicted injuries at hospital emergency departments across the U.S.
Survivors of Suicide Loss Invited to Gather on Nov. 23rd in Worcester.
See the Events & News page for more details.
The Suicide Prevention Coalition of Central Massachusetts c/o The Shine Initiative 9 Leominster Connector, Leominster MA 01453 (978) 870-1494
The SPC of Central Massachusetts is a member of the Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention.