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AFSP Massachusetts

The AFSP Massachusetts Chapter is fueled by the mission to save lives and foster HOPE in the Bay State.

About the AFSP Massachusetts Chapter

As a part of AFSP’s growing nationwide network of chapters, we bring 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.

Not from Massachusetts? Click here to find your local AFSP Chapter.


Central MA Walk - September 17th

Berkshire County Walk - October 1st

South Shore / Cape Cod Walk - October 1st

MetroWest Walk - October 2nd

Merrimack Valley Walk - October 8th

Easton Walk - October 15th

Greater Springfield Walk - October 22nd

Boston Area Walk - October 22nd

Walk to Fight Suicide


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Chapter contact:

Jessica van der Stad
Executive Director
[email protected]
(617) 439-0940

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Find support for yourself or those who may be at risk for suicide

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I've lost someone

You are not alone. Suicide affects millions each year, and thanks to our donors and volunteers—many of whom are loss survivors themselves—we can provide these resources to help you heal.

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When someone is at risk

If you think someone is thinking about suicide, assume you are the only one who will reach out. Here’s how to talk to someone who may be struggling with their mental health.

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Community programs

Find a full list of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's community programs for suicide prevention

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LGBTQ mental health and suicide prevention

AFSP is dedicated to preventing suicide among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people. As a public health organization, AFSP believes that it is our individual and collective responsibility to support the mental health and wellbeing of LGBTQ people.

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