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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RESOURCES

COMMUNITY

Cape Cod Foundation:

Local Resource Guide

The Cape Cod Foundation’s guide to community food distribution, financial assistance programs, emergency hotlines, family support services and more. View the resource guide

MENTAL HEALTH

LGBTQ Suicide & Mental Health Resources

There is an 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

GRIEF

Grief Journal:

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

 

LOCAL MEDIA

Night Casts with Laurel Redington: A Real Conversation about Suicide

MVYRADIO’s Laurel Redington speaks with Dr. Kim Mead-Walters, co-founder of Sharing Kindness, and Lisa Forhan, co-chair of the Cape and Islands Suicide Prevention Coalition, about suicide. Click here to listen to the show.

 

SELF-CARE ACTIVITIES

Self-Care Tips for Grief

It’s always important to take care of ourselves, but it’s especially important when we’re grieving the loss of a loved one. If you’re struggling to take care of yourself during this tough time, check out our list of self-care activities to help yourself heal during grief.

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 breath work 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

 

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