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Montachusett Suicide Prevention Task Force Honors Local Business Leaders at Annual Awards Breakfast

October 18, 2017

The Montachusett Suicide Prevention Task Force held its 6th Annual Awards Breakfast on Monday, October 3, 2017 at Heywood Hospital in Gardner. This year's awardees were Chris Higgins from Higgins Motorsports in Barre and Ryan Blankenship from Cycle Design in Phillipston. Both Mr. Higgins and Mr. ... Read More

Suicidality and Death by Suicide Among Middle-Aged Adults in the United States

October 5, 2017

AUTHORS: Kathryn Downey Piscopo, Ph.D. INTRODUCTION Suicide is a national public health concern. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), suicide was the 10th leading cause of death in the United States in 2013. 1  Recent ... Read More

Living Life on the Offense: Tackling Men's Mental Fitness with Eric Hipple WEBINAR

September 15, 2017

Join us on Monday, September 25th at 12 noon ET for a talk with Eric Hipple, former Detroit Lions quarterback, suicide loss survivor, and mental health advocate. Eric has teamed up with Healthy Men Michigan to tell his story of personal loss, struggle, and recovery. In this webinar, he will ... Read More

Montachusett Suicide Prevention Task Force Presents 5th Annual ‘Ride of Your Life’ Event

August 10, 2017

The Montachusett Suicide Prevention Task Force is hosting its 5th Annual ‘Ride of Your Life’, a fundraiser to support suicide prevention and education. Held on Sunday, August 20th, the ‘Ride of Your Life’ features a three hour motorcycle ride through North Central Massachusetts with stops at ... Read More

Heywood Hospital’s Youth Suicide Prevention Group partners with Revolving Museum to create display art in downtown Gardner

June 30, 2017

Gardner, MA -- The Montachusett Youth Suicide Prevention (YSP) group, formed by Heywood Hospital’s Zero Suicide Grant, has spent the past year collaborating with Jerry Beck and The Revolving Museum on a special public art project to support suicide prevention education, the creativity of young ... Read More

Dana Day Treatment Center Opens at The Quabbin Retreat

June 6, 2017

Petersham, MA – The Dana Day Treatment Center, Phase One of the four-pronged Quabbin Retreat Project is now accepting patients, providing intensive outpatient services for adults with dual diagnosis of mental illness and substance abuse disorders, offering a much needed resource for individuals ... Read More

MSPTF Represented at Mental Health Wellness Conference

March 21, 2017

Representatives from the Montachusetts Suicide Prevention Task Force attended the fourth annual Mental Health Awareness Conference on March 21st at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel & Conference Center in Leominster.  The conference was co-hosted by Mount Wachusett Community College and the ... Read More

Montachusett Suicide Prevention Task Force Launches Military Family Support Group

January 12, 2017

Gardner, MA – The newly formed Military Family Support Group offers a safe place for family members of both active and former military members to share their experiences, struggles and hope in overcoming the invisible wounds of war that affect the entire family unit. Veterans and their loved ... Read More


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