South Boston has historically had a high rate of suicides. As with most social issues, these tragic events tend to increase in a cyclic manner, with a drop in the statistics and then an upswing every couple years. To prevent this cycle from further damaging both the community of South Boston and the larger city and state population, the South Boston Hope & Recovery Coalition has formed a surveillance working group to gather and analyze real-time and historic data to create a long-term,  sustainable prevention program. The group works closely with Dr. Robert Macy, a leader in the field of trauma.

Here are some links to helpful resources:

Hope Line

Since the suicide of his wife, Kristin, in April 1998, KBHC Founder Reese Butler has been on a personal crusade. His mission the past 11 years has been to offer HOPE and the option to LIVE to those in the deepest emotional pain.


Samaritans’ purpose is to alleviate despair, isolation, distress, and suicidal feelings among individuals in our community, 24 hours a day; to educate the public about suicide prevention; and to reduce the stigma associated with suicide.

Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention

The MCSP seeks to be a catalyst for action and a powerful voice for change. We are citizens, community leaders, advocates, legislators, public health officials,  mental health leaders, survivors of suicide attempts,  and families who have lost loved ones to suicide — working together to stem the tide of suicide and self-harm.