Suicide Prevention: attempt survivors

Resources and information for suicide attempt survivors

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National Initiatives

  • “The Way Forward:” This 2014 report, with video, by the Suicide Attempt Task Force of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention has groundbreaking recommendations for supporting anyone who's been suicidal. The primary writer was our division director, Dr. DeQuincy Lezine


Support groups

Cape Cod — A Second Chance

A safe, non-judgmental place for people to talk about the feelings that led them to attempt suicide, to talk about the impact their attempt had on their lives, and to build resilience by identifying resources and coping strategies for the future. Each 8-week session is confidential, free and facilitated by two Samaritan-trained volunteers – at least one of whom is an attempt survivor. Please contact our office to learn more or to participate in the next session. The same people will be in the session for the entire eight weeks; it is not a "drop-in" group. Sessions are free of charge. Participants must be at least 18 years of age.

For more information about this and future sessions, please contact: Stephanie Kelly at (508) 548-7999, email:, or visit online: Cape Samaritans A Second Change Support Group.

Bristol County Regional Coalition for Suicide Prevention & Community Counseling of Bristol County: Re-Energize & Re-Connect Workshop Program

The Re-Energize & Re-Connect Attempt Survivor Workshop Program (R&RWP) is a once a month, 2 hour wellness check retreat-style, non-clinical gathering for suicide attempt survivors who have considerable distance from their last attempt and are currently on a path of recovery and healing. The workshops are limited to 10 participants for each series and the workshops are closed. The series runs for seven months and each participant receives a companion workbook.

A similar R&RWP is available for Suicide Loss Survivors who have some distance from the loss of their loved ones. Versions for both series will be available for teens in late winter 2016. The R&RWP is a collaboration between Community Counseling of Bristol County and the Bristol County Regional Coalition for Suicide Prevention (BCRCSP) and were developed by BCRCSP Director Annemarie Matulis with Tracey Pacheco Medeiros, an attempt survivor and Certified Peer Specialist serving as Advisor.

Group Dates and Times

The next R&RWP Attempt Survivor Workshops will begin in February of 2016 - one in Taunton, one in New Bedford. The R&RWP Loss Survivor Workshop in Taunton will also begin in late February 2016. Additional 2016 workshop sites are in development, as well as a companion documentary.

For information on dates, locations, start dates and registration, please contact Annemarie Matulis at (508) 922-7278, or email:

Family Services of the Merrimack Valley

The Samaritans of Merrimack Valley is pleased to host a support group for individuals over age 18 who have attempted suicide in the past and are in need of connecting with others who have had the same experience. During this eight week group, participants will discuss topics such as safety planning, coping skills, self-care and processing past event.

This suicide attempt survivor support group is confidential, free and led by an attempt survivor.

For more information, group dates and times, please contact Debbie Helms at (978) 327-6671, email, or visit online: Family Services of the Merrimack Valley.

Heywood Hospital — Suicide Attempt Survivor Support Group

Are you or a loved one a suicide attempt survivor? Could you or a loved one benefit from a support group in a safe environment which promotes resiliency, increased self-awareness of risk, encourages help-seeking and support? If so, please consider joining our free monthly support group at Heywood Hospital.

This group meets on the 4th Tuesday of every month from 6:30-8:00pm in the Heywood Hospital Education Conference Room in Gardner. All are welcome.

For more information, please contact Anne Jasinkski at (978) 630-6166, email:, or visit online: Heywood Hospital.

The Western Mass Recovery Learning Community (RLC) 

Developed the 'Alternatives to Suicide' approach because the opportunity to talk openly about suicide and feelings of deep emotional distress with others who have or are experiencing similar struggles can be a powerful way to support people to move through those darkest places. During groups, people share their successes and their challenges, provide support for one another and strategize and share ideas for coping with difficult life circumstances. People are encouraged to come both in times of strength and challenge. Individuals need not identify as being in 'crisis' in order to attend. Western Mass groups currently include:

  • Mondays, 6:30-8pm at the Friend's Quaker Meeting House, 43 Center Street, Northampton
  • Tuesdays, 5-6:30pm at the RLC's Greenfield Center, 74 Federal Street, Greenfield
  • Fridays, 2:30-4pm at the RLC's Springfield (Bowen) Center, 340 Main Street, Springfield
  • Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00pm at the RLC’s Pittsfield Center, 152 North Street, Suite 230, Pittsfield

For more information, call (413) 539-5941 x 318, email:, or visit online: Western Mass RLC.

For friends and family



After an attempt: A guide for taking care of your family member after treatment in the emergency department.
This brochure is a guide for families of suicide attempt survivors on what to expect in the emergency department and after release from the hospital.

For health care providers, educators and researchers


After an attempt: A guide for medical providers in the emergency department taking care of suicide attempt survivors — This brochure is intended to provide medical professionals with tips on how to enhance care in the emergency room for people who have attempted suicide.

Presentation Slides