Suicide Prevention & Postvention
Samaritans of Merrimack Valley
Family Services’ Samaritans of Merrimack Valley program 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. For additional information, please contact the Samaritans’ Program Coordinator by telephone at: 978-327-6671. 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.
Family Services’ Samaritans program is a member of the National 988 Lifeline Network, providing 24/7 free and confidential crisis help line to those who are lonely, despairing, suicidal or need someone to listen. This service is provided by trained staff who provide unconditional and non-judgmental “TLC” – talking, listening and caring. This service is available simply by calling 988. Additionally, our local crisis line remains open and available by calling or 978-327-6607.
If you or someone you know is in imminent risk of suicide, call 911 or an ambulance to take them to an emergency room.