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.
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Move Your Grief with Susan Andersen Yoga:
A Workshop to Help You Foster Resilience and Find Moments of Peace
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 good—joy, 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.
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
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