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Samaritans Suicide Help


Safe Place Meetings

North Andover


Held the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month from 7:00 to 8:30 pm at St. Michael’s Church, 196 Main Street, North Andover, MA 01845


Will be held the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month from 7:00 to 8:30 pm at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 705 Hale Street, Beverly, MA 01915


For more information about our support groups, please contact Debbie Helms at 978-327-6671.


Registration for these meetings is not required.  They are free and confidential and facilitated by peer survivors of suicide loss. 


Samartians Crisis Line Volunteer Training


The Samaritans of Merrimack Valley, a program of Family Services of the Merrimack Valley, relies on volunteers who are trained to help people who call our confidential crisis help lines.  People from all walks of life are trained to offer support and caring for those who are lonely, despairing or suicidal.  We are always looking for compassionate people who are willing to give 5 hours a week to befriend our callers.  Our next training will be on Wednesday, August 17 and Wednesday, August 24 from 5:30 to 9:30 pm here at Family Services, 430 North Canal Street in Lawrence.  Attendance at both sessions is required.  Food will be provided.  Please call Janice at 978-327-6674 for more information or to register.   

suicide attempt support group

Our next support group for suicide attempt survivors will begin on July 14th, 2016 here at Family Services of the Merrimack Valley, 430 North Canal Street in Lawrence. You must be 18 and under the care of a mental health professional.  The group meets for 8 consecutive weeks and attendance at all meetings is strongly recommended.  Registration is required.  Please call Debbie at 978-327-6671 to register.






What: A free program open to all who have lost someone to suicide.

When: November 19, 2016

Where: Family Services of the Merrimack Valley

Registration is required. To register or to get more information, please either call or email Debbie at 978-327-6671 or

This event is sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and hosted by the Mass. Coalition for Suicide Prevention-Northeast Region.



Suicide Survivor's Newsletter


Samaritans provides a quarterly "Journey with Hope" newsletter to suicide survivors.   If you would like to sign up to receive this informative, caring, and hopeful newsletter, please contact Debbie Helms at