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New Bedford, like many other urban communities, has a high incidence of depression and suicide. One of our missions at DrugFreeNB is to prevent the potentially tragic outcomes of depression.

Understanding Suicide

Although some people may perceive suicide as the act of a troubled person, it is a complex outcome that is influenced by many factors.  Individual characteristics may be important, but so are relationships with family, peers and others, and influences from the broader social, cultural, economic and physical environments.

There is no single path that will lead to suicide. Rather, throughout life, a combination of factors, such as a serious mental illness, alcohol abuse, a painful loss, exposure to violence, or social isolation may increase the risk of suicidal thoughts and behaviors.

Key Facts (taken from the 2012 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention):

  • Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death, claiming more than twice as many lives each year as does homicide
  • On average, between 2001 and 2009, more than 33,000 Americans died each year as a result of suicide, which is more than 1 person every 15 minutes     

To learn more about suicide and to get help, consider the follow resources:

In a crisis contact:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

1-800-273-TALK (8255)

TTY: 1-800-799-4TTY (4889)

A 24-hour, toll-free crisis hotline that links callers to a nearby crisis center.


For more information about suicide and mental illness:

American Association of Suicidology

A resource and education organization dedicated to the understanding and prevention of suicide.

www.suicidology.org or call (202) 237-2280

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Dedicated to advancing people’s knowledge of suicide and its prevention.

www.afsp.org or call 1-888-333-AFSP

Free Suicide Prevention Lifeline Information Card



Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention

The Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention (MCSP) is a broad based inclusive alliance of suicide prevention advocates, including public and private agency representatives, policy makers, suicide survivors, mental health and public health consumers and providers and concerned citizens committed to working together to reduce the incidence of self-harm and suicide in the Commonwealth.


National Organization for People of Color Against Suicide

Addresses and raises awareness about suicide in minority communities

www.nopcas.com or call 1-866-899-5317 

National Strategy for Suicide Prevention

A comprehensive national plan to confront suicide in the United States.


Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE)

Dedicated to preventing suicide through education, public awareness, and stigma reduction.

www.save.org or call (952) 946-7998

Suicide Prevention Resource Center

Supports suicide prevention with the best of science, skills and practice.

www.sprc.org or call 1-877-GET-SPRC (438-7772)

The Trevor Hotline


A national 24-hour, toll-free suicide prevention hotline aimed at gay and questioning youth.