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2/23/2015 Rep. Lancia to host suicide awareness day in the State House
STATE HOUSE - Representative Robert B. Lancia, District 16 Cranston, would like to welcome the Samaritans of Rhode Island this Thursday, February 26th to the State House.  This non-profit organization serves to raise awareness for and prevent suicide in Rhode Island.  The Rhode Island chapter, found in 1977, has assisted thousands of Rhode Islanders over decades. 
“The Samaritans group strengthens all of Rhode Island.” said Representative Lancia.  “However, all of their great outreach couldn’t be achieved without great leadership and selfless, dedicated volunteers.  It brings me great pleasure to hold an event for this incredible organization and to honor its hardworking contributors.”
The Samaritan’s provide a wide range of services from the listening line, to professional development classes for our school teachers, to a robust online database website filled with encouragement and helpful advice.  
According to the Samaritans website,, more than half a million calls have been received on their confidential and anonymous hotline/listening line.  More than thirteen hundred volunteers have donated a staggering 276,000 hours of listening and helping Rhode Islanders throughout the years. 
“The achievements of this organization are truly inspiring.  Everyday some in Rhode Island are in need of a listener.  The Samaritans group is always willing to talk but more importantly, to listen.” 
“As a former Navy Chaplain, I have seen the effects and damage of suicide.  Suicide impacts everyone; family, friends, and first-responders.  The Samaritans group prevents this hurt and pain by listening and raising awareness.”
“I would encourage all to join me this Thursday February 26th in honoring the Samaritans of Rhode Island.  An awareness event will be held in the State House Rotunda from 2:00 to 4:00.  Additionally, there will be a reception in the Governor’s State Room at 3:30. 

For more information, contact:
Lisa Blais, House Minority Office
State House Room 106
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 222-2259