Mary Jean Coleman, M.S.W.

Southern Division Director

Mary Jean Coleman, M.S.W.

Ms. Coleman serves as the Southern Division Director for AFSP.

Previously she worked with AFSP as an advisor for all of AFSP’s chapters across the country as they worked to implement suicide prevention programming in their communities. She also oversaw five Upstate New York chapters. Prior to joining AFSP in 2006, Ms. Coleman was a founding member of the National Council on Suicide Prevention and the New York State Council on Suicide Prevention. Additionally, she authored the Suicide Survivors section in the New York State Suicide Prevention Plan and, as a consultant for the New York State Office of Mental Health, authored the Suicide Prevention Outreach and Response Facilitator Manual. She is certified by the American Association of Suicidology as a Certified Crisis Worker and by the State University at Albany as a Field Instructor for the School of Social Welfare. Ms. Coleman is also a Master Trainer for the internationally recognized ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) and safeTALK (Suicide Alertness for Everyone) programs and recently became a safeTALK Instructor in 2012. 

Ms. Coleman has been active in the field of suicide prevention since 1979, when she lost her 17-year-old brother to suicide.