Will you help us #SmashtheStigma? Join us at the 2021 Suicide Awareness Walk.

Together with the Cape & Islands Suicide Prevention Coalition, NAMI of Cape Cod & the Islands and The Samaritans on Cape Cod & the Islands, we’re walking to spread awareness and start courageous conversations about the impacts of suicide. We hope you will join us at the beach on Saturday, May 22.

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, and learn a little about the stories of others. 

Our Current Conversation

EVENTS

Move Your Grief with Susan Andersen Yoga:

A Workshop to Help You Foster Resilience and Find Moments of Peace

Saturday, May 1 from 1:30–3:30 PM | Grace Yoga, 326 Main Street, Hyannis, MA | $45 (Financial assistance available) | More info at sueandersenyoga.com.

Have you recently suffered a loss? Loss of a job, loss of normalcy, loss due to illness, loss of a pet, partner, friend, family member? Grief, in any form, takes a toll on our bodies, minds and spirits. Releasing the pain out of your body leaves space for something goodjoy, peace, happiness.

In this movement workshop, Sue Andersen will guide you through yoga poses, gentle movement, breath work, meditation and journaling to help you release physical and emotional pain, let go of tension, and relax your body and mind.

MEDIA

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

What to read when you’re grieving a loved one

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

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

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