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Montachusett Suicide Prevention Task Force Presents Awards for Outstanding Community Leadership

October 16, 2015

Gardner, MA – The Montachusett Suicide Prevention Task Force (MSPTF) presented three awards for Outstanding Leadership at its annual meeting on Monday, October 5, 2015. Steve Wendell of WGAW was presented with the Outstanding Community Leader award for his role in the promotion of the 3rd Annual ... Read More

Developmentally Making the Right Choices

September 15, 2015

By Dr. John Salovardos Growing up, we are faced with contrasting social, ethical, behavioral, and safety issues that are crucial in structuring how our personalities will be formed. We assign validity to coping and communication skills based on how effectively we get certain needs met. For ... Read More

Revisiting Suicide Prevention

September 8, 2015

By: Dr. John Salovardos One of the most difficult aspects of reinforcing a suicide prevention message is making sure that folks hear it, aren’t afraid of talking about it, and share it with others. Mental health issues, and specifically suicide awareness have a history of being difficult topics ... Read More

Montachusett Suicide Prevention Task Force’s Annual ‘Ride of Your Life’ Event Nearly Doubles in Size

September 2, 2015

Gardner, Ma  – The Montachusett Suicide Prevention Task Force (MSPTF) hosted its 3rd Annual ‘Ride of Your Life’ fundraiser on Sunday, August 16th at Monty Tech High School in Fitchburg. The annual event provides a safe environment for open discussion on suicide and related issues. Over 150 ... Read More

3rd Annual 'Ride of Your Life' Revs Up on Sunday, August 16th!

July 30, 2015

The Montachusett Suicide Prevention Task Force is hosting its 3 rd  "Ride of Your Life," a fundraiser to support suicide prevention and education.  Held on Sunday, August 16 th , the ‘Ride of Your Life’ features a three hour motorcycle ride through North Central Massachusetts with stops at local ... Read More

21st National Health Equity Research Webcast

May 19, 2015

The Multicultural Service Department at Heywood Healthcare is pleased to offer: Please join us for the 21st National Health Equity Research Webcast Tuesday, June 2, 2015, 1:30 - 4 pm EDT “Advancing a Community-Based Model for Violence Prevention” Heywood Hospital Board Room, 242 Green ... Read More

Gardner "Out of the Darkness Campus Walk" Photos & Video

May 19, 2015

The Gardner “Out of the Darkness” Campus Walk for Suicide Prevention at Mount Wachusett Community College on Saturday, May 16. Participants walked along Green Street towards downtown Gardner to show awareness about suicide prevention and that there always is help available for those ... Read More

'Ride of Your Life' Banner hung at Gardner Cinemas

April 21, 2015

The Montachusett Suicide Prevention Task Force's 2015 'Ride of Your Life' Banner hangs in the Lobby of Gardner Cinemas.   This annual fundraiser supports suicide prevention initiatives in schools, businesses and organizations throughout the region. For more information, click the 'Ride of Your ... Read More

Montachusett Suicide Prevention Task Force Joins Statewide Suicide Prevention & Public Education Campaign Addressing Men in Massachusetts

March 30, 2015

A novel approach to communications with men about their health and well-being is being implemented in Massachusetts in response to increasing suicide rates among working-age men. During the 15-year period that ended in 2013, men 25 to 64 years old comprised 26 percent of the state’s population ... Read More

MENder’s Support Group Extends Reach to North Quabbin Region

March 20, 2015

Gardner, MA – The Men’s Suicide Prevention Project, originally funded by the Community Health Foundation of North Central Massachusetts and run by Heywood Hospital, will be picked up and funded by the Montachusett Suicide Prevention Task Force, starting at the end of the month. Over the past ... Read More


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