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AFSP Massachusetts

The AFSP Massachusetts Chapter is fueled by the mission to SAVE LIVES and bring HOPE to those affected by suicide across the Bay State.

About the AFSP Massachusetts Chapter

As a part of AFSP’s growing nationwide network of chapters, the AFSP Massachusetts Chapter brings together people from all backgrounds who want to prevent suicide in our communities. Families and friends who have lost someone to suicide, vulnerable individuals, mental health professionals, clergy, educators, students, community/business leaders, and many others energize our chapter.

The grassroots work we do focuses on eliminating the loss of life from suicide by: delivering innovative prevention programs, educating the public about risk factors and warning signs, raising funds for suicide research and programs, and reaching out to those individuals who have lost someone to suicide.

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The AFSP Massachusetts Chapter offers many community programs for suicide prevention to individuals, organizations, and employers across the state. If you - or the group that you represent - is interested in hosting a presentation, educational program or professional training, please complete our Program Request Form.


Hosting an awareness event or fundraising for AFSP? Please complete our Materials & Giveaways Request Form to have educational resources sent directly to you!


Are you participating in an upcoming Out of the Darkness Campus or Community Wlak? Help promote the event by sharing event flyers and AFSP resources! Please complete our Campus Walk Materials Request Form or Communty Walk Materials Request Form.


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Chapter contact:

Jessica van der Stad
Executive Director
[email protected]
(617) 439-0940
Heather Claflin
Special Events Manager
[email protected]
(617) 285-9413
Michele Lee
Programs Manager
[email protected]
(508) 450-3309

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Upcoming events and activities

  • Featured Event

    Team AFSP's 2024 Boston Marathon® Application

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  • Featured Event

    A Sip in the Park @ Fenway Park

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  • Berkshire County Walk

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  • MetroWest Walk

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  • Greater Springfield Walk

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  • Boston Area Walk

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  • International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day - TBD, Massachusetts

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  • International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day - Framingham, Massachusetts

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  • International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day - Boston, Massachusetts

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  • International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day - Methuen, Massachusetts

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  • International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day - Hyannis, Massachusetts

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  • International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day - Virtual American Sign Language (ASL)

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  • International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day - New England Virtual Event (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, ...

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  • Bridgewater State University Campus Walk

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  • Looking for even more? See all AFSP virtual programs across the country.

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Stories and updates

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Massachusetts Brings Home the Awards

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Mental Health and Covid-19

Outreach to our Communities Amidst COVID-19

Your AFSP MA family is thinking of you and hoping that you are healthy and safe during this challenging time. We are all struggling to cope, understand and live under difficult constraints which affect our mental and physical health. Please know that you are not alone, and AFSP is here to help.

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Delivering Talk Saves Lives en Español

Mental health and suicide are topics that are not spoken about enough in the Latinx community, though suicide has always impacted us. It’s exciting to me that AFSP’s Talk Saves Lives education program is available in Spanish.

Suicide Facts and Figures Massachusetts 2018

Suicide Prevention Advocates Urge Lawmakers to Fund Suicide Prevention Efforts Across the Commonwealth

Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States and the 12th leading cause of death in Massachusetts.

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Advocates Urge Massachusetts Lawmakers to Fund & Expand Suicide Prevention Services

Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States, and it is the thirteenth leading cause of death in Massachusetts.

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Bringing Prevention to the Church

This piece originally appeared as a Volunteer Spotlight Story in AFSP’s 2018 Annual Report.