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Mental Health

Central MA Suicide Prevention Coalition

The Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention is a broad based inclusive alliance of suicide prevention advocates dedicated to working together to reduce the incidence of self-harm and suicide in the Commonwealth. The MCPS's mission is to prevent suicide through statewide collaboration and advocacy.

MCSP awarded the Worcester Division of Public Health funds to help facilitate the Central Massachusetts Suicide Prevention Coalition (CMSPC), a partnership of mental health professionals, educators, parents, survivors of attempted and completed suicide and other individuals and organizations who are committed to preventing suicide. The group strives to raise awareness through education and widespread communication of information about mental health, suicide prevention and prevention resources available in our region.

Please visit the CMSPC on Facebook to stay involved and learn more about upcoming events.

For more mental health resources available in the Worcester community, please visit Worcester Community Connections.

For more information about the CMSPC please contact us at:

(508) 799-8532 or email

Mailing address:

Central MA Suicide Prevention Coalition
c/o Central MA Regional Public Health Alliance
25 Meade Street
Worcester, MA 01610

Mental Health Needs Assessment

Academic researchers at Clark University and the Systems and Psychosocial Advances Research Center at the UMass Medical School along with the Worcester Division of Public Health are interviewing consumers and providers of mental health services and members of the community and social service agencies more broadly. This study is funded by the Fairlawn Foundation.

The mental health needs assessment will focus on the City of Worcester and identify gaps and challenges for both consumers and providers. It will also inform what specific priority populations are in need of services. Ultimately, we hope to bring the community together to work on recommended priorities and strategies for future policy change.

Early Child Mental Health System of Care

Early Child Mental Health System of Care Planning Project brings together the State's three largest cities (Boston, Worcester and Springfield) and several state agencies to: (a) develop strategic plans to improve local services for children ages 0-9 with serious emotional disturbances and their families, and (b) demonstrate the value of a planning model that is locally focused but also involves state agencies. The grant also seeks to demonstrate the value of a planning model that is not only locally focused but also involves state agencies.

Worcester has set up a team of professionals from the Pernet Family Center, Head Start, Worcester Public Schools, Youth Opportunities Upheld, Community Health Link, Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center, Department of Children and Families and two Worcester parents to complete a mental health needs assessment for Worcester children ages 0-9. The Worcester Team has been meeting monthly (starting October 2014) to go over what the strengths, weaknesses and gaps are in the Worcester community specifically to develop a mechanism for enhancing collaboration among health care providers and other service providers regarding mental health services. The data from the needs assessment was presented to the teams from Boston and Springfield as well as State stakeholders in hopes of expanding training for healthcare providers. The assessment will be used to help draft a grant proposal in hopes of obtaining a four year implementation grant improving mental health needs for at-risk populations for Worcester, Boston and Springfield.

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