Sharing Kindness in the News

Cape Hope Squads To Lead Suicide Awareness Walk Youth

The Falmouth Enterprise | May 13, 2024

Last May, members of Falmouth High School’s Hope Squad—a peer-to-peer suicide prevention program in schools across the US and Canada—led the Sharing Kindness Suicide Awareness Walk from Veterans Park Beach in Hyannis. This Saturday, May 18, students from four more schools (Barnstable High School, Cape Cod Tech, Monomoy and Nauset Regional high schools) will join them at this year’s event.

🎙 More Cape Cod high schools launching suicide prevention program ‘Hope Squad’

CAI | September 8, 2023

Hope Squad, a school-based suicide prevention program, is being adopted by several high schools on Cape Cod.

Spreading Hope: Falmouth High’s Peer-To-Peer Suicide Prevention Program

The Falmouth Enterprise | May 19, 2023

Since Falmouth High School started a peer-to-peer suicide prevention program over the course of this school year—the first of its kind on Cape—four other Cape Cod high schools have expressed interest in having a program of their own.

🎙  The Point: Suicide prevention and grief support

CAI | May 17, 2023

While Massachusetts has a lower rate of suicide than many other states, there are pockets where suicide rates rise above the state average and the Cape and Islands is one of those pockets. On The Point, WCAI’s Mindy Todd interviews a panel of mental health experts, including Dr. Kim Mead-Walters of Sharing Kindness, about prevention efforts and where suicide survivors can turn for help.

🎙  Talking Back: Suicide Awareness with Sharing Kindness Exec. Director, Kim Meade-Walters, MD

WOMR | May 16, 2023

Sharing Kindness Executive Director Dr. Kim Mead-Walters is interviewed by Dr. Paula Sperry about suicide, grief support and our work on the Cape & Islands.

🎙 Spectrum: Interview with Sharing Kindness

WXTK | April 23, 2023

Leo Cakounes interviews Sharing Kindness Executive Director Dr. Kim Mead-Walters about suicide, mental health and local suicide prevention efforts including QPR training and Hope Squad, a peer-to-peer program for local high schools.

Local Teens Speak for Themselves About Suicide

The Provincetown Independent | April 19, 2023

A forum on suicide and prevention reveals strategies and struggles

Cape Cod Foundation Awards $250,000 in Capacity Building Grants| August 23, 2022

Grants totaling just under $250,000 have been provided to eleven local nonprofits (including Sharing Kindness) by the Cape Cod Foundation in order to boost capacity building efforts.

Falmouth High School To Have Peer-to-Peer Suicide Prevention Group

The Falmouth Enterprise | August 5, 2022

Falmouth High School is partnering with Sharing Kindness—a Cape-based nonprofit aimed at suicide prevention and awareness—to start a peer-to-peer suicide prevention program for students.

6th Annual Charter Cup Fishing Tournament Results | August 1, 2022

    The 6th Annual Charter Cup Fishing Tournament raised $413,000 for eighteen non-profits. Sharing Kindness was among the organizations that benefited from the funds raised at a live auction.

    Suicide prevention advocates hold forums after recent Cape youth deaths

    Cape Cod Times | February 16, 2022

    The recent deaths by suicide of young adults on the Cape has jump-started prevention efforts that had been hampered by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Cape & Islands Suicide Prevention Coalition is joining with several organizations, including the Samaritans and Sharing Kindness, to host an expert panel and community forum on suicide awareness…

    🎙 Night Casts with Laurel Redington: A Real Conversation about Suicide

    MVYRADIO | September 19, 2021

    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.

    🎥  Conversations on Mental Health with Sharing Kindness

    Lower Cape TV | May 2021

    Jackie Lane, Executive Director of NAMI Cape Cod and the Islands, talks with Dr. Kim Mead-Walters, Executive Director of Sharing Kindness. They discuss the impact of COVID on mental health on the Cape and Islands, including the shadow of suicide for adults and children.

    At the Holidays, Reframing Grief as Love

    The Provincetown Independent | December 17, 2020

    …It can also help to talk about the person who is being missed, said Kim Mead-Walters, co-founder of Sharing Kindness, a Cape Cod nonprofit focused on suicide prevention and grief support. “If you are looking to support a friend who is grieving, talk about their loved one — say their name,” Mead-Walters said, adding that, by naming lost loved ones, we are showing our awareness of their significance.

    Lower Cape Community News: Sharing Kindness

    The Cape Codder | May 29, 2020

    Sharing Kindness announced the 2020 winners of its annual NRHS Kindness Awards. The local nonprofit raises suicide awareness and provides grief support within the Cape Cod community—especially for youth…

    They’re Sharing Stories about Sharing Kindness

    Cape Cod Chronicle | August 7, 2019

    Dr. Kim Mead-Walters had a bit of a shock when she arrived at Truro Central School to pick up her sixth grader. “Jeremy was caught in the act,” someone told her, but it turned out that was a good thing. When the school spotted a student being kind to someone, his or her name was recorded in a book.

    Stepping out to raise awareness of this silent epidemic

    Cape Cod Health News | May 14, 2019

    …Three local non-profits are working hard to educate the public about the realities of this public health emergency. Sharing Kindness is once again partnering with The Samaritans on Cape Cod and the Islands and the Cape & Islands Suicide Prevention Coalitionto hold their annual Cape and Islands Suicide Awareness Walk in Orleans on May 18.

    Worried that someone you love may be suicidal?

    Cape Cod Health News | March 26, 2018

    When 16-year-old Jeremy Walters died by suicide in October of 2016, his parents Kim Mead-Walters, MD, and Davis Walters decided to take action so other families would not have to feel the same pain they were experiencing. They founded the non-profit Sharing Kindness to increase awareness of suicide risk, especially among young people.

    Red Wings Wheeler making pitch for suicide prevention, awareness and educational funding

    Democrat & Chronicle | May 24, 2017

    …Jeremy Walters of Orleans, Massachusetts, a picturesque town on historic Cape Cod, was 16 when he took his life a little more than seven months ago. He was [Rochester Red Wings’ Jason Wheeler’s] brother-in-law.

    The pain that causes suicide and the pain that it leaves is unspeakable, partly because nobody wants to speak about it.

    Wheeler wants to help change that. Others do, too.