Cape and Islands Suicide Prevention

Suicide is Preventable

June Newsletter

C.I.S.P.C. Mission Statement

To help give Cape Cod and the Islands communities the necessary information and tools to raise awareness, promote education, and increase action to reduce suicides.


General Membership Meetings are now going to be held at the Justice Resource Institute located at 221 Willow Street Yarmouth Port, Ma. 02675!

Our next General Membership meeting is scheduled for July 12, 2018 beginning at 3:00 PM. On the agenda will be members of our Steering Committee providing a QPR- (Question Persuade Refer) Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training. ​​

We will also be discussing and approving the budget for fiscal year 2019.

If you are interested in joining our team, please email our coordinator at:

For more information visit our website:


C.I.S.P.C. remains committed to our mission. Provide Cape Cod and the Islands communities necessary information and tools to raise awareness, promote education, and increase action to reduce suicides. We cannot do it alone. We are looking for interested volunteers to help us spread the word at different functions and events that may come up throughout the year.

If you are interested in joining our team, please email our coordinator at:

Cape and Islands Suicide Prevention Coalition <>

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Free Trainings Offered by C.I.S.P.C.

If you, your organization or community would like to learn more about any of these trainings, please email our coordinator at:

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Having an event? Let our team know. We are always happy to provide educational material to members of our community. Please email our coordinator at:

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Future C.I.S.P.C. Events

Dr. Barent Walsh Ph.D - The Ever Changing Challenges of Non-Suicidal Self Injury

Monday, June 4th, 9am

2240 Iyannough Road

Barnstable, MA

This clinical workshop, informed by current research, will focus on understanding, managing and treating diverse forms of non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI). These forms will include common, low lethality NSSI such as arm and body cutting as well as severe NSSI such as damage requiring medical attention, harming unusual body areas (e.g. face and genitals), and ingesting foreign bodies. Topics include Self-injury vs suicidal behavior and social contagion with practical suggestions in dealing with self-injury.

CEU’s for Social Work, LMHC, and RN (pending). Space is limited. Reserve your spot today! To register please contact or call Maura (508) 362-2131 x 4550

Suicide Prevention Program’s Community Advisory Board (CAB) Open House

Wednesday, June 13th, 6:30pm

735 Main Street

Waltham, MA

The CAB is seeking new members for the coming year, and hosting an information session on June 13th from 6:30-8:30pm at the Waltham Public Library. If you are considering applying to become a member, or simply interested in learning more about the CAB, this is a great opportunity to ask questions and see how the Board functions. Please see the flyer below and attached for more information.

Please RSVP to Brandy at or 617-624-5494 by June 4th if you wish to attend or have any questions. Dinner will be provided.

Mental Health First Aid

Thursday, June 21st, 8am

4 Fairgrounds Road

Nantucket, MA


Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem or experiencing a crisis.

Most of us would know how to help if we saw someone having a heart attack—we’d start CPR, or at the very least, call 9-1-1. But too few of us would know how to respond if we saw someone having a panic attack or if we were concerned that a friend or co-worker might be showing signs of alcoholism.

Mental Health First Aid is an evidence based practice that takes the fear and hesitation out of starting conversations about mental health and substance use problems by improving understanding and providing an action plan that teaches people to safely and responsibly identify and address a potential mental illness or substance use disorder.

This eight hour program is free. Registration is required.

To register please contact Sgt. Kevin A. Marshall @

General Membership July Meeting NEW LOCATION

Thursday, July 12th, 3pm

221 Willow Street

Yarmouth, MA

Join us for at our next C.I.S.P.C. General Membership Meeting


FREE QPR - Question Persuade Refer

Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training

QPR provides 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help prevent suicide. QPR teaches how to recognize a mental health emergency and how to get a person at risk connected to the help they need.

Falmouth Road Race

Sunday, Aug. 19th, 9am

68 Water Street

Falmouth, MA

Help support the Cape and Islands Suicide Prevention Runners by clicking on this link and donating to the CISPC team!

Please contact us at:


In an attempt to reach an even larger audience, C.I.S.P.C. has decided to contract with Valpak. Valpak delivers booklets by mail to homes throughout Cape Cod. Inside the booklets C.I.S.P.C. will show their rack card which provides a reminder, SUICIDE IS PREVENTABLE. The ad will also provide our website which has additional resources available. In addition to the ad, Valpak will also be helping to promote our cause through their digital advertising.

Thank you Valpak, for your willingness to help our cause!

Our Steering Committee Team

Co-Chair Deb Martin, PHO Navigator, HCI Physician Org.

Co-Chair Kevin Marshall, Crime Prevention Officer, Nantucket Police Department
Treasurer Lisa Forhan, MPPA, Director of Risk Management for the Department of Mental Health

David Araujo, Director, Martha's Vineyard Community Services Intervention Center
Tessandra de Alberdi, CRC, LMHC,LADC, Executive Director, Fairwinds Counseling Center
Jonathan Greenberg, Service Coordinator, JRI/Family Networks
Stephanie Kelly, Executive Director, Samaritans Cape Cod and Islands

July 2018- Melissa Maguire, Director of Student Services at Monomoy Regional School District