Sharing Kindness supports suicide prevention in schools in every town on Cape Cod and on the islands. We have advocated for a suicide prevention policy for each district. With funds earned by the C&I Suicide Awareness Walks, our organization has paid for educator training through AFSP, called Signs Matter: Early Detection. Sharing Kindness has partnered with the Samaritans, Calmer Choice, and various school districts to offer community screenings of Angst with a panel of local clinicians to support those attending. We have partnered with the Cape and Islands Suicide Prevention Coalition to host QPR intervention trainings in the Outer Cape.
For grief support, Sharing Kindness offers an ongoing series of Yoga for Grief at multiple Cape locations. Our group has piloted a grief support program for youth, and another for grandparents raising grandchildren. Our long-term goal is to offer expanded grief support for adults and children on Cape Cod and the Islands.
When you donate to Sharing Kindness, you support educators, children who lost a parent to suicide, young adults who struggle, and family members and friends grieving the death of someone close to them to death by suicide. Your donation continues the conversation, breaks through isolation, and helps to smash the stigma of suicide. We thank you for your support and interest in Sharing Kindness.
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The stigma of suicide is strong; turning the tide will take all of us working together. While Sharing Kindness works well with other organizations, such as the Samaritans of Cape Cod and the Islands, Cape and Islands Suicide Prevention Coalition, and Calmer Choice, we are our own unique organization with our own offerings for our community.
Sharing Kindness began with the suicide of one very beloved teenager, which established our mission to prevent suicide for Cape Cod’s young people. The numbers are daunting: In Massachusetts suicide remains the second leading cause of death for adolescents and young adults ages 15 to 34. The Cape and Islands Suicide Awareness Walk is our signature fundraising event, and we need a lot of volunteers to make that event run smoothly.
Sharing Kindness appreciates the support and energy of people of all ages and backgrounds. We offer our own event programming and offer information at human services events; we share information via social media and write grants to offer more programming in schools and for community groups; we promote social events like Smash the Stigma, which have an educational component at its core. Whatever your strengths, we invite you to consider volunteering with us. Whether for a single event, or as an ongoing expression of your talents, we welcome you and appreciate your time. Sign up here, and we will get back to you with more information.