SUICIDE LOSS:
LOCAL RESOURCES for WESTERN MASS

SUICIDE LOSS LOCAL RESOURCE LIST (Updated 01Feb2016 - Right-click to download)

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SUICIDE BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUPS

These groups provide a safe place where survivors of suicide loss can share their experiences and support each other. Outreach visits are also available for newly bereaved families who are searching for resources. Please post this information and share with others who may find it helpful. A nationwide directory of suicide loss support groups as well as resources can always be accessed at www.afsp.org/survivingsuicideloss.

GROUP LOCATION: Pittsfield, MA
(Please note new date and location)

Healing after Suicide Loss
Contact Name: Peggy Morse, (413)441-6316, peggyf@verizon.net
Meeting Place: Berkshire Children & Families, Family Resource Center, 480 West Street, Pittsfield MA
Meeting Day/Time: 1st Thursday of every month from 6:00 to 7:30PM.
Overview: Peer (Survivor) Facilitated, No Fee

GROUP LOCATION: East Longmeadow, MA

Healing after Suicide Loss
Contact Name: Diana & Paul Lewis, (413)525-7752, DPROF52@aol.com
Meeting Place: Forestiere-Smith Funeral Home, 220 North Main St., East Longmeadow, MA
Meeting Day/Time: 3rd Mondays monthly from 7:00PM to 9:00PM.
Overview: Peer Facilitated, No Fee, Group does not meet on major holidays.

GROUP LOCATION: Northampton, MA

Healing after Suicide Loss
Contact Name: Geraldine Unger (413)203-1200, sas4healing@gmail.com
Meeting Place: Forbes Library, 20 West Street, Northampton, MA 01060
Meeting Day/Time: 2nd Tuesday each month 1:00 – 2:30 pm.
Overview: Peer facilitated, No fee. Members must be 18 or over.

GROUP LOCATION: NORTHAMPTON, MA

The Garden - Center for Grieving Children and Teens
Contact Name: Shelly Bathe Lenn, (413)584-7086 x124, shelly.thegarden@gmail.com
Meeting Place: Hampshire Regional YMCA, 286 Prospect St., Northampton, MA 01060
Meeting Day/Time: Weekly on Sunday Afternoons during Fall and Spring
Overview: Peer/Professional, No charge.
 

Survivor Outreach Program, AFSP WESTERN MASS:

Contact Jim McAleer, clachtara@aol.com, 413-734-3676 for trained local volunteers who have experienced suicide loss and who will:
meet in person with newly-bereaved survivors and their families
listen with compassion and offer reassurance that surviving a suicide loss is possible
recommend helpful things to read, provide info about support groups and resources

International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day: 

It’s the one day a year when people affected by suicide loss gather around the world at events in their local communities to find comfort and gain understanding as they share stories of healing and hope. Always held on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. 
Visit survivorday.org to find Survivor Day events near you
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~This list brought to you by Berkshire Coalition for Suicide Prevention (BCSP)

“Suicide is less about death and more about the need to overcome unbearable psychological pain.”
— --MA Strategic Plan for Suicide Prevention