Craig Miller’s Response to Chester Bennington’s Suicide

Samaritans on Cape Cod and the Islands is struggling with the devastating void left in the music world by the recent deaths by suicide of Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington.  In the wake of these and too many other losses, we struggle to understand, to identify what we could have done, what we’re doing right, what we’re doing wrong. Craig Miller — author, musician, photographer, father, husband, suicide attempt survivor, and friend — lends his lived experience and wisdom in his eloquent Open Response to Chester Bennington’s Suicide.  Click this link to watch.   Craig Miller – Open Response to Chester Bennington’s Suicide  

Suicide Prevention Program’s Community Advisory Board Seeks New Members!

The mission of the Suicide Prevention Program’s Community Advisory Board (CAB) is to provide a way for community members to give meaningful input into the development of services, programs, and policies that address their needs. The CAB seeks to support the creation of comprehensive, community-based suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention services that are accessible, inclusive, responsive, of high quality, and that supports the saying, “Nothing about us without us.”


If you want to have a voice in suicide prevention services and programs, and have experienced any or all of the following:

·         Personally impacted by suicide

·         Have lived experience with mental health challenges

·         Currently or previously received suicide prevention/mental health services (such as counseling, support groups, trainings, etc.)

·         18 years of age or older

Applications are now being accepted through August 4thMeetings are held monthly on the first Wednesday of the month from 6:30-8:30pm. The first meeting with new members will be held on Wednesday, September 13th, from 6:30-8:30pm in the Greater Boston area.   A year-long commitment is requested from September, 2017-August, 2018.


To receive an application, or ff you have any questions, please contact Alison Brill at 617-624-5299 or

News About Safe Place Groups

We regret to announce the suspension of the following Safe Place group:

  • January 1, 2017 — Hyannis Safe Place
This group will remain “on hold” until such time as potential participants express an interest to attend. Chatham, Falmouth, and Nantucket currently have active groups that meet twice monthly.  For information on dates and times for current groups or plans for future groups, please contact us.

Next Volunteer Training October 2017!

Do friends and family tell you that you’re a good listener? Are you looking for a volunteer opportunity where you can really make a difference? Then volunteering for The Samaritans on Cape Cod and the Islands could be a great fit for you! Our volunteers are not counselors or therapists, so no experience is required in order to volunteer with us. All you need is the capacity to care and we’ll help with the rest. Volunteers are trained in non-judgmental active listening so as to best assist our callers who are lonely, depressed, or isolated. The next Crisis Line/Senior Outreach Volunteer Training will be held on Saturday, October 14th. If you’d like to learn more about attending our upcoming volunteer training and how you can help make a difference, please contact our office to learn more!