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.
COVID-19 News & Resources
‘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
Children’s health specialists call on Biden to prioritize kids in COVID-19 response, citing mental health crisis
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
Our Current Conversation
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.
In this podcast, Krista Tippett speaks with Jennifer Michael Hecht about the need to make suicide resistance part of our culture. Listen
What Can Be Learned from Differing Rates of Suicide Among Groups
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
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
A book by New York Times bestselling author Hope Edelman about navigating the lifelong journey of grief. Learn more