Community Advisory Board
Your Voice Matters!
What is the Community Advisory Board (CAB)?
The mission of the CAB is to provide a way for community members who receive Suicide Prevention Program (SPP) services, as well as people with lived experience with mental health struggles, to give meaningful input into the development of services, programs, and policies that address their needs. The CAB is a unique opportunity to help strengthen SPP services and ensure that they are as accessible, inclusive, and effective as possible.
What does the CAB do?
The CAB represents the community voice in suicide prevention services and programs. As a CAB member, you’ll participate in interactive monthly meetings to learn more about current SPP services, gain leadership and professional development skills, network, and come up with creative strategies to improve services and programs offered by the Suicide Prevention Program.
Who’s on the CAB?
If you have experienced any or all of the following (or know someone who has), we would love to hear from you!
- Personally impacted by suicide
- Lived experience with mental health struggles
- Currently or previously received suicide prevention services (such as counseling, support groups, trainings, etc.)
- 18 years of age or older
The CAB strives to build and maintain a diverse and inclusive membership; therefore, Massachusetts residents of all races, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientations, and from every region of the state are encouraged to apply.
Apply to join the CAB
Applications are now being accepted through August 3, 2018. Meetings are held monthly on the second Wednesday of the month from 6:30-8:30pm. The first meeting with new members will be held on Wednesday, September 12th, from 6:30-8:30pm in the Greater Boston area. We ask for a year-long commitment, from September, 2018-August, 2019. Download and complete PDF or Word application.
For more information and questions, please contact:
Statewide, regional and community coalitions
The Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention (MCSP)
MCSP brings together people from different fields and backgrounds to reduce suicide and promote mental health. The Coalition meets bi-monthly in Wellesley. For more information, please contact Jennifer Kelliher, Managing Director, at JKelliher@MassPreventsSuicide.org or (617) 297-8774.
Regional and community coalitions
Central & North Central Massachusetts
- Montachusett Suicide Prevention Task Force
Barbara Nealon, Co-Chair
Nora Salovardos, Co-Chair
- Central Massachusetts Suicide Prevention Coalition
Steve Boczenowski, Co-Chair
Megan DeNublia, Co-Chair
Greater Boston & MetroWest
- Greater Boston Coalition for Suicide Prevention
Pata Suyemoto, Ph.D, Co-Chair
Claribette Del Rosario, Co-Chair
- MetroWest Regional Suicide Prevention Coalition
Eileen Davis, Chair
- Needham Coalition for Suicide Prevention
Donna Carmichael, Co-Chair
Tom Denton, Co-Chair
(781) 455-0800 ext. 2130
- Newton Cares: Coalition for Suicide Prevention & Mental Health
Judy Levin-Charns, Co-Chair
Jenny O’Higgins, Co-Chair
- Somerville Committee for Suicide Prevention and Mental Health
(617) 625-6600 ext. 4325
- Wellesley Coalition for Suicide Prevention
Leonard Izzo, Chair
- Northeast Regional Suicide Prevention Coalition
Debbie Helms, Co-Chair
Larry Berkowitz, Co-Chair
(781) 433-0672, ext. 5621
- Wakefield Coalition for Suicide Prevention
Kelley Cunningham, Chair
- Bristol County Suicide Prevention Coalition
Annemarie Matulis, Co-Chair
- Cape & Islands Suicide Prevention Coalition
Ron Holmes, Co-Chair
Sgt. Kevin Marshall, Co-Chair
- Greater Attleboro Suicide Prevention Coalition
Jacquie O’Brien, RN
- Greater Taunton Suicide Prevention Coalition
Tracey Medeiros, Chair
- Greater New Bedford Suicide Prevention Coalition
Rev. David A. Lima
- Greater Fall River Suicide Prevention Coalition
Wendy Garf-Lipp, Chair
(508) 324-7900 x 103
- Marshfield / Scituate Suicide Prevention Coalition
- Nantucket Suicide Prevention Coalition
Coordinator to be hired
- Plymouth County Regional Suicide Prevention Coalition
Jennie Babcock, Chair
881 Worcester Rd.
Framingham, MA 01701
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
43 Carleton St.
Newton, MA 02458
Berkshire Medical Center, Inc.
725 North St.
Pittsfield, MA 01201
Cambridge Health Alliance
1493 Cambridge St.
Cambridge, MA 02139
Community Counseling of Bristol County, Inc.
1 Washington St.
Taunton, MA 02780
Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley, Inc.
280 Merrimack St.
Lawrence, MA 01843
Fenway Community Health Center, Inc.
1340 Boylston St.
Families for Depression Awareness
395 Totten Pond Rd.
Waltham, MA 02451
Family Services of the Merrimack Valley, Inc.
430 N. Canal St.
Lawrence, MA 01840
242 Green St.
Gardner, MA 01440
Jewish Family & Children’s Service
1430 Main St.
Waltham, MA 02451
Massachusetts Department of Mental Health
25 Staniford St.
Boston, MA 02114
Massachusetts Department of Veterans’ Services
SAVE Team (Statewide Advocacy for Veterans’ Empowerment)
Chelsea Soldiers' Home
Chelsea, MA 02150
Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs
Geriatric Mental Health and Suicide Prevention
One Ashburton Place
Boston, MA 02108
Municipal Police Institute, Inc.
26 Providence Rd.
Grafton, MA 01519
Riverside Community Care, Inc.
450 Washington St.
Dedham MA, 02026
41 West St.
Boston, MA 02111
Samaritans on Cape Cod & The Islands
P.O. Box 65
Falmouth, MA 02541
Screening for Mental Health, Inc.
One Washington St.
Wellesley Hills, MA 02481
Southwest Boston Senior Services, Inc. d/b/a Ethos, Inc.
555 Amory St.
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Tapestry Health, Inc.
296 Nonotuck St.
Florence, MA 01062
(413) 586-2016, (800) 696-7752
Trustees of Boston University
One Silber Way,
Boston, MA 02215
William James College
INTERFACE Referral Service
One Wells Ave.
Newton, MA 02459
(617) 332-3666 Ext. 1123