The goal of the Suicide Prevention Program is to reduce the number of suicides, suicide attempts and self-injury among Massachusetts residents. We do this by:
  • Raising awareness of suicide as a public health problem
  • Providing support to communities, agencies and individuals interested in suicide prevention
  • Providing education and training for professionals and caregivers
  • Funding community-based suicide prevention and mental health promotion programs
  • Supporting and collaborating with state, regional and community suicide prevention coalitions
  • Supporting and encouraging communities to collaborate across disciplines to prevent suicide and suicide attempts across the lifespan.

For more information about the program, please contact Christine at Christine.Farrell-O'Reilly@state.ma.us or 617-624-6076.

Strategic Plan

Statistics

  • 588 Massachusetts residents died by suicide in 2011.
  • In 2012, there were 4,398 hospital stays for self-inflicted injuries.
  • In 2012, there were 6,252 emergency department visits for self-inflicted injuries.
  • In 2011, the number of suicides was 3 times higher than homicides.
  • In 2012, the Samaritans’ organizations in Massachusetts responded to over 198,020 crisis calls.
  • A Closer Look: Youth Suicide Incidents pdf format of A Closer Look: Youth Suicide Incidents doc format of A Closer Look: Youth Suicide Incidents

To see much more data on suicide and self-injury, please visit the Injury Surveillance Program. For suicide and self-injury data questions, please e-mail MDPH-ISP@state.ma.us or call (617) 624-5648.


This information is provided by the Suicide Prevention Program within the Department of Public Health.