If you or someone you know needs help Call2Talk is here to listen.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health reports 688 completed suicides for 2017. The number of suicides was nearly two times higher than the number of motor vehicle-related deaths nearly four times higher than homicides for the same year.
Many mental health professionals cannot accept additional clients, day programs are at capacity and in-patient units have a reduced number of beds. The need for mental health and emotional support has never been more critical.
Communities with helplines demonstrate a reduced burden to first responders for self-inflicted injuries. The United Way of Tri-County founded the Call2Talk program in 2014 to provide a confidential and lifesaving service which offers support to people experiencing emotional distress or potential suicidal ideation and have nowhere else to turn.
Call2Talk is the mental health helpline of Mass2-1-1, the statewide human service information and referral platform powered by your local United Way. Call2Talk answers calls through Mass2-1-1, its direct telephone lines and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. It also answers texts in partnership with Crisis Text Line.
Sponsor Call2Talk's NEW Lending Library
Call2Talk with support from the MetroWest Regional Coalition for Suicide Prevention is forming a library dedicated to bereavement, loss, grief, hope and renewal. It is the hope that this lending library will be a source of comfort to those who are bereaved as well as a support to students who are involved in this area of study.
This project is dedicated in loving memory of Cantor Jodi M. Schechtman who sadly lost her battle with ovarian cancer earlier this year. As part of her duties as clergy, Cantor Schechtman was there to support hundreds of families through their journeys of grief and loss and always instilled hope and enlightenment to whomever crossed her path.
Monetary donations are now being accepted as we build this library.
Name plates commemorating all donations, a loved one or in memoriam are now being accepted in May in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month.
Buy A HOPE Bracelet
Support the United Way of Tri-County’s mental health, emotional support, suicide prevention program Call2Talk by purchasing a HOPE bracelet for $30.00. 100% of the proceeds benefit the suicide prevention program.
Besides its primary function as a helpline, Call2Talk also provides the following:
- TeleCheck – A phone check-in service for elder adults operated in partnership with BayPath Elder Services and Advocates, Inc. Trained call-takers contact seniors weekly to provide support and friendly conversation following sudden life changes.
- MetroWest LOSSteam – The MetroWest LOSSteam works with area police departments to offer immediate on-site peer emotional support to suicide loss survivors. (in Ashland, Holliston, Hopkinton, Hudson, Sherborn, and Sudbury)
- Community Education – Call2Talk offers best practice awareness trainings for community members and agencies including: Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Training, Mental Health First Aid, safeTalk and Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST).