Immediate resources...

For people who are feeling sad, lonely, or hopeless, thinking about suicide – or worried about a friend or loved one – crisis call, text, and chat services are a way to connect with someone immediately and get support.

988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline
1-800-273-8255. available 24/7, talk or chat online

Samaritans Statewide Helpline
1-877-870-4673. available 24/7, talk or text

Additional Crisis Call, Text, and Chat Services

List of additional crisis call, text, and chat services (pdf – opens in a new window)

Peer-led resources...

Alternatives to Suicide support groups run by and for people who have had past suicide attempts or who have thoughts about suicide. 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.

Online Alternatives to Suicide Support Groups

Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays
Hosted by the Wildflower Alliance

Hosted by Advocates, Inc.

In Person Alternatives to Suicide Support Groups

Tuesdays in Greenfield
Fridays in Pittsfield
Hosted by the Wildflower Alliance

This group is a safe space where people with similar experiences can discuss all the alternatives we have surrounding the topic of suicide. We are non-judgmental, non-clinical, and we are not mandated reporters. You are safe here to speak freely in an open and caring atmosphere and be supported in your experiences.

Online Living with Suicide Support Group

Hosted by Kiva Centers

A difficult but necessary discussion on the harder feelings and emotions we experience.

Talkin’ Safely; Depression, Loneliness, & Suicidal Thoughts Group

Hosted by the Southeast Recovery Learning Community

Online support communities…

Peer support for anyone struggling with suicidal thoughts. Checking it out here:

Self help resources…

This is a realistically optimistic zine about suicide and how some days it can be really hard to talk yourself out of it. Most people can’t understand and don’t know what to say. They try and help but usually say all of the wrong things. Check in out here:

Now Matters Now is a suicide intervention website that includes messaging and videos by people who have experienced thoughts about suicide. Some videos describe coping skills to manage intense emotions and suicidal ideation, others talk about roadblocks to recovery such as institutional, interpersonal, and internalized. Check it out here:

Resources for people who have lost someone to suicide...

SafePlace is a support group for people 18 and older who have experienced the loss of a loved one to suicide. The facilitators are trained Samaritans volunteers, many who have also lost a loved one to suicide. SafePlace provides an atmosphere of acceptance for exploring feelings that are often not understood by others. The groups offer a chance to share helpful resources, and to give and get support through the long grief process.

Samaritans of Boston

Samaritans of Merrimack Valley

Samaritans Southcoast

Samaritans of Cape Cod

Samaritans of New Hampshire

Samaritans of New York

Samaritans of Rhode Island

Survivor to Survivor Network (SSN) is a program where trained volunteers who have lost a loved one to suicide visit those who have experienced a recent loss. They are available to listen, answer questions, and provide support and resources.

Samaritans of Boston

Samaritans of Merrimack Valley

Healing Conversations gives those who have lost someone to suicide the opportunity to talk with someone else who has that experience. Available in person, on the phone, or by video chat, volunteers offer understanding and guidance following a suicide death. People who are newly bereaved can speak openly with, and ask questions of, someone who has been there. Learn more:

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Looking for more resources?

Contact the NAMI Mass Compass Helpline. Compass is available Monday through Friday, 10 am – 6 pm. Call us at 617-704-6264 or email us at

Learn more about the NAMI Mass Compass Helpline.