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. 

In Crisis?

Call: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Text: HOME to 741-741

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

 

 

 

Our Current Conversation

EVENTS

Restorative Yoga Live Stream via Zoom

Friday, March 5, 6-7:30 PM | $20
Feeling anxious or stressed out? Join Sue Andersen for restorative yoga in the comfort of your own home. Restorative yoga enables deep relaxation because poses are held for long periods of time, letting the body completely unwind. The main focus is to rest in poses with the aid of props, without strain or pain so you can achieve physical, mental and emotional relaxation. Register at justbreatheyogawellness.com.

Yoga for Grief and Loss

Susan Andersen of Sue Andersen Yoga ran a series of Yoga for Grief and Loss classes as 2020 came to a close. Yoga offers effective tools to reduce stress and anxiety, whether caused by COVID or the loss of a loved one. Breathing techniques, gentle movement and stretching, and meditation help release emotional and physical grief symptoms that are stored in the body, heart, and mind. Susan recorded three short yoga sequences for Sharing Kindness, to support adults and students during these difficult times. Try them out and see how you feel!

  • Gentle Yoga to Wake Up Your Body: In this short segment we’ll use yoga poses and breath work to wake up the body and clear the mind while sitting on a mat.  A great way to start your day!
  • A Yoga Sequence to Build Strength: In this short segment we will stretch the spine and build strength with Warrior poses.  Perfect for mid-day, or when you’ve been sitting too long.
  • 5 Minute Yoga to Stretch the Spine: Feeling stiff?  Take a break during your busy day with this short yoga sequence to move the spine while seated in a chair.  A relaxing sequence for end of day or anytime you need a little movement. 

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