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Franklin Cook, MA, CPC,* is a private consultant and owner of Unified Community Solutions, in Boston, Mass. A major focus of his work is peer-led approaches for supporting people affected by a death from suicide or substance use (e.g., from an accidental overdose). Currently, he is launching a new initiative, Support After a Death by Overdose (, which offers presentations, training, and other services to families, service providers, and communities attempting to cope with the opioid overdose epidemic in the United States. 

Franklin is a survivor of his father's suicide in 1978, and he has been involved in peer support for addiction recovery since 1981.** He has been a grassroots advocate for system change in mental health and substance use services since 1999, with a focus on suicide prevention and recovery from addiction. Over the past 20 years, he has implemented numerous community education and training programs, and has worked extensively in project development, management, and leadership

He is a consultant to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, where he began in 2012 focusing on men's suicide prevention (see and now also supports DPH in responding to the opioid epidemic. Franklin's national advocacy is currently focused on integrating best practices into peer grief support programs; and through his private practice, Personal Grief Coachinghe delivers peer support one-on-one via telephone to people bereaved by sudden death. He also serves as a consultant to TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors), which supports families who are grieving the loss of a military service member.

* Franklin holds a Master of Arts degree (MA) in the humanities and is a Certified Professional Coach (CPC).

** Franklin is in long-term recovery, and his father suffered from alcoholism, which was a contributing factor in his death.