A Sip in the Park was created to benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). Each year the AFSP Massachusetts Chapter hosts this event, featuring food and wine pairings, live music, and silent/live auctions at Boston’s historic Fenway Park. Funds raised from this event enable AFSP to provide support to suicide loss survivors and those who struggle, spread awareness and education, advocate for stronger mental health legislation, and fund innovative, lifesaving research.

2022 Lifesaver Leadership Award Recipient

This year the AFSP Massachusetts Chapter is excited to honor Harvard University’s Dr. Matthew Nock, a pioneer in the field of suicide research.

Dr. Nock’s research is aimed at advancing the understanding why people behave in ways that are harmful to themselves, with an emphasis on suicide and other forms of self-harm. His research is multi-disciplinary in nature and uses a range of methodological approaches (e.g., epidemiologic surveys, laboratory-based experiments, and clinic-based studies) to better understand how these behaviors develop, how to predict them, and how to prevent their occurrence.

Dr. Nock was AFSP’s first million-dollar research grant recipient. His work has since been funded by the National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense, US Army, and private foundations, and has been published in over 100 scientific papers and book chapters.