Category: Samaritans Blog
Join NYC’s Caring Community!

During this period of change and uncertainty for many people, we are reminded of the many ways we can make a difference in other people’s lives. Recognizing the challenges and difficulties our friends, family or colleagues may be experiencing, expressing our interest and showing our concern, spending time with those who are in distress or struggling to cope with whatever

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Three Ways to Support Suicide Prevention Month

September is Suicide Prevention Month in NYC, which includes International Suicide Prevention Day, celebrated all over the world, on September 10–designed to bring more attention to a  public health problem that causes more deaths annually than auto accidents. In fact, more Americans die from suicide than homicide and AIDS combined, it is the 2nd leading cause of death of our

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Surviving Suicide Loss—An evening with Carla Fine, June 23

Samaritans presents, Carla Fine, author, “No Time to Say Goodbye,” in an evening of readings and conversation about surviving suicide loss.  Providing insight, warmth and humor, Carla combines her own deeply personal experience of the loss of her husband with stories other loss survivors. Q & A and light refreshments.  Attendance is free, but you must pre-register.  Click here 

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April 12 Benefit Celebrates Life

Samaritans believes suicide prevention is about helping people during their difficult times. Our Midtown Mardi Gras Benefit at St. Bart’s, Tues., April 12, is a chance for people to come together to celebrate life. It will be a fun-filled evening with good food, beverages, live music, glamorous stilt walkers, magicians and a spectacular silent auction. Tickets are $75-100.  Click here to buy tickets or

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BE A Friend Walkathon 2015
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Samaritans 2nd Annual BE A FRIEND 5K Walkathon on September 19 was a huge success with over 400 current and former volunteers, supporters, suicide survivors and their friends, family members and colleagues raising over $35,000. Taking place on the beautiful Hudson River Park in Lower Manhattan on a lovely Saturday morning, people walked, ran or strolled in the sparkling sunshine

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FREE RESOURCE GUIDE HELPS SAVE LIVES

Everybody needs a helping hand at some point in their lives, but finding that help can be difficult. Responding to the needs of parents, teachers, social workers, caregivers and other health providers as well as those living or working with at-risk individuals (including youth, the elderly, veterans, transgender, those who are mentally ill, victims of violence, bullying, etc.), Samaritans has

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NATIONAL SURVIVORS DAY

National Survivors of Suicide Loss Day, November 22, reminds us of the very personal toll that suicide, the 10th leading cause of death in this country, takes on those who have been touched by this significant public health problem. With over 38,000 people losing their lives to suicide last year alone, it is estimated that a quarter of a million of our

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OUR POLICY IN PREVENTING SUICIDE

Almost every day we are confronted by what seem to be senseless acts of violence, people hurting themselves or someone else, a person very close to them, a group of strangers; it doesn’t seem to matter. And it scares us. That these events appear to be so random, taking place at some community school or college campus, an army base

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SURVIVING SUICIDE LOSS

With the recent news of the untimely death of singer Simone Battle, so close to that of Robin Williams, there has been a lot of focus on the lives of those who died as well as the loved ones left behind, the survivors of suicide, a term that could be applied to almost 5 million Americans. What isn’t frequently discussed,

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PRESENTS CURE HOLIDAY BLUES

Many people feel depressed, isolated and alone over the holidays and, frequently, those of us who care about them don’t know what to do. Mental health experts agree that one of the keys to responding to people who are depressed or in crisis is to increase their protective factors–connectedness to supportive and caring family and friends and their school, cultural

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