Each person who dies by suicide leaves behind an estimated six or more “suicide survivors” — people who’ve lost someone they care about deeply and are left grieving and struggling to understand. We invite you to share the story of your loved one on our virtual Memory Wall, and learn a little about the stories of others. 

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PRIDE  MONTH

LGBTQ Suicide & Mental Health Resources

While there is cause for celebration during this Pride Month, we’d also like to spread awareness of the increased risk of suicide and mental illness faced by those in the LGBTQ community. We’ve put together some helpful info and resources for those who are struggling or know someone who needs help. View LGBTQ resources

 

SELF-CARE ACTIVITIES

20-Minute Grief Movement Practice

Susan Andersen, of Sue Andersen Yoga, led a Yoga for Grief session before our 2021 Cape and Islands Suicide Awareness Walk. She recorded a video of the same practice, which focuses on breathwork and meditation to open the areas of the body that feel “stuck” from the pain of loss.

 

 

EDUCATION

On Being

In this podcast, Krista Tippett speaks with Jennifer Michael Hecht about the need to make suicide resistance part of our culture. Listen

This New York Times article digs into the lessons learned from varying suicide rates among groups. Read the article

 

RESOURCES

How to Carry What Can’t Be Fixed

The author of best-selling book It’s OK that You’re Not OK, Megan Devine has published a new illustrated grief journal, How to Carry What Can’t Be Fixed. From her website: “This journal contains no clichés, timetables, or checklists of stages to get through; it won’t help you “move on” or put your loss behind you. Instead, you’ll find encouragement, self-care exercises, and daily tools to help you manage and explore your grief.” Learn more and order

Handhold

A resource for children’s mental and emotional health, created by a team of mental health and child development experts in partnership with parents. Handhold is a program of the Massachusetts Department of Health, Office of the Child Advocate, and Executive Office of Health and Human Services. Learn more

What to read when you’re grieving a loved one

The Boston Globe offers suggestions on what to read while grieving. Read the article

The AfterGrief

A book by New York Times bestselling author Hope Edelman about navigating the lifelong journey of grief. Learn more

COVID-19 News & Resources

SUICIDE AWARENESS

‘Teen Suicide During COVID-19: The Second Crisis In Our Schools’ looks at how to solve a dire problem

University of Connecticut professor at the Neag School of Education and licensed psychologist Dr. Sandra M. Chafouleas speaks to UConn’s student newspaper, The Daily Campus, about addressing rising teen suicide rates during the pandemic. “…for many kids, schools are the lifeline and really the place where we can identify, connect and respond to in creating an emotional safety,” she says. Read more

Surge of Student Suicides Pushes Las Vegas Schools to Reopen

The New York Times reports on rising mental health emergencies and suicide rates among teens amid the pandemic lockdown. Read more

MENTAL HEALTH

Children’s health specialists call on Biden to prioritize kids in COVID-19 response, citing mental health crisis

The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association are calling on the federal government, including President Joe Biden, to prioritize a mental health crisis among children and teenagers in proposals addressing the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

 

COVID-19 Resources from the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension

Barnstable County’s Cape Cod Cooperative Extension provides a list of tips and resources relating to unemployment, food assistance, mental health and more. Learn more

Pandemic Takes Toll On Children’s Mental Health

Youth depression, anxiety and suicide attempts have been on the rise during the pandemic, NPR reports. School shutdowns have kept kids from friends and therapists, leaving social growth up to parents in many cases. Read more

Cape COVID Conversations: Stephanie Kelly, Samaritans

Stephanie Kelly,  from the Samaritans of Cape Cod and the Islands speaks with Teresa Martin of Lower Cape TV about the impact of Covid-19 on mental health. Watch the video