Berkshire Coalition for Suicide Prevention

Berkshire Coalition for Suicide Prevention The mission of Berkshire Coalition for Suicide Prevention is for everyone to find an alternative to suicide and self-harm, to find relief from unbearable psychological pain, and for our community to meet their needs.
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BERKSHIRE COALITION FOR SUICIDE PREVENTION (BCSP) OUR MISSION IS TO SAVE LIVES. TOGETHER WE CAN BUILD RESILIENCE IN OUR COMMUNITY, EDUCATE THE PUBLIC AND STRENGTHEN THE RESPONSE TO COMMUNITY NEED. Our vision is for everyone to find an alternative to suicide and self-harm, to find relief from unbearable psychological pain, and for our community to meet their needs. Join us at local activities, join our email list or contact us to be a guest at our monthly board meeting. We all have a role in preventing suicide.

Mission: Our mission is to save lives through education, awareness, advocacy and collaboration.

06/05/2020
06/03/2020
Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention

We are proud to be one of the ten member coalitions that comprise the Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention:

The MCSP believes that Black lives matter. We strongly condemn racism and racist violence against Black communities and individuals.
We condemn all forms of oppression and racism. We recognize that oppression may be overt, subtle or subconscious, and in the worst cases can have fatal consequences. We do not have space to list the names of all of the lives that have tragically been cut short, nor can we fully understand the impact of those losses.

Since March 10th, Breanna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Nina Pop, Tony McDade and George Floyd have been murdered—5 deaths in 3 months, and those are just deaths that we know about. As we try to express our condolences to the friends and family left behind, we find ourselves struggling to find words that would even begin to approach the horror of these murders and what their loved ones have been through.

We recognize that systemic oppression can lead to negative mental health outcomes up to and including suicide, and that social justice is suicide prevention.

We recognize that until all of our communities are safe from oppression, until all of our community members can live without fear of violence or injustice, none of us can afford to remain passive or ‘neutral’.
We cannot allow ourselves to be bystanders while oppression and systemic racism lead to the tragic deaths of so many people of color, nor while these senseless acts of violence create fear and trauma among all communities of color.

As people of color and white allies, we need to stand in solidarity with the Black community, understanding that we all have a role to play in challenging systemic racism and injustice.

We stand in solidarity with those who seek to change unjust systems and challenge inequity on individual, interpersonal, cultural, systemic and social levels, including ensuring that our justice system is no longer used as an instrument of oppression or violence.

The following resources/actions may help us move toward positive change and understanding in this process:

MCSP Alliance for Equity Widening the Lens Toolkit
https://www.masspreventssuicide.org/widening-the-lens-exploring-the-role-of-social-justice-and-racial-equity-in-suicide-prevention

Ways you can support the Black community and combat racism:
https://www.glaad.org/blog/here-are-ways-you-can-support-black-community-and-fight-combat-racism-discrimination

8 Everyday ways to fight racism
https://nnedv.org/latest_update/8-everyday-ways-to-fight-racism/

What White people can do for racial justice
https://medium.com/equality-includes-you/what-white-people-can-do-for-racial-justice-f2d18b0e0234

If you or someone you know is struggling and in need of support, the following resources are available:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (24/7): 1-800-273-TALK

Coping with grief after community violence
https://store.samhsa.gov/product/Coping-With-Grief-After-Community-Violence/SMA14-4888

MCSP Alliance for Equity
MCSP Executive Committee

National Alliance on Mental Illness Berkshire County
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National Alliance on Mental Illness Berkshire County

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Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires
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Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires

“Judy’s heart is the most wonderful aspect of her volunteerism. This is not a person trying to fill her retirement hours with social activities related to volunteering. Judy is on a mission to make a difference in people’s lives for the better. She is an advocate for those who may not be able to speak for themselves.” Lee Watroba/Berkshire Coalition for Suicide Prevention

Judy Nardacci, Secretary/Berkshire Coalition for Suicide Prevention

Congratulations Judy, Volunteer Honoree for the @bBerkshire Nonprofit Awards 2020! Join us (virtually) to #celebrate our honorees on Tuesday, May 19th. Details and registration at npcberkshires.org.

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Great article about Berkshire Coalition for Suicide Prevention Board Member Amy Herman in the May/June issue of Social W...
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Great article about Berkshire Coalition for Suicide Prevention Board Member Amy Herman in the May/June issue of Social Work Voice:

National Alliance on Mental Illness Berkshire County
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National Alliance on Mental Illness Berkshire County

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Congratulations, Judy! Thank you for all that you do for Berkshire Coalition for Suicide Prevention and our community!
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Congratulations, Judy! Thank you for all that you do for Berkshire Coalition for Suicide Prevention and our community!

Help us celebrate this all-star group of honorees! Join us on Tuesday, May19th for the VIRTUAL Berkshire Nonprofit Awards 2020.

Read more and register at npcberkshires.org.

Aleta Moncecchi/Berkshire Community Action Council, Inc., Alix Ziaja/ROOTS Teen Center, David Russell/Barrington Stage Company, Arwen Lowbridge/WAM Theatre, Caroline Wheeler/Sisters For Peace, Joe Gunn/BSC, Dale Abrams/Mass Audubon Pleasant Valley, Sharron Frazier/McClain/BSC, Ed Forfa/Berkshire Place, Jenney Maloy/Stockbridge Library Association, Judy Nardacci/Berkshire Coalition for Suicide Prevention, Kathy Keeser/Louison House, Mary Jo Ramos/Berkshire Immigrant Center, Maureen O'Connell Atwood/Pediatric Development Center, Melissa Myers/Berkshire Community College Alumni, Raei Bridges/NAACP-Berkshire County Branch, Thasia Giles/Jacob's Pillow, Sabrina Allard/Railroad Street Youth Project, Sara Rawson/Southern Berkshire Health Coalition, Ann Gallo/IS183 Art School of the Berkshires, Sue Doucette/Berkshire County Head Start, Wray Gunn, Sr./Clinton Church Restoration

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Grateful to have been able to be a part of today with all you amazing people. I'm afraid that I only retained a couple of names (loads of faces, but not names). Brooke, Lee, Molly, and Paul (Plus the REST): I hope I get the privilege of volunteering with you again!
Walk the beautiful Ashuwillticook Trail in honor of all the loved ones we have lost to suicide. You are not alone! Join the Berkshire Coalition team for this year's Out of the Darkness Walk in Adams on October 15...