Programs and Events
Sharing Kindness programs divide into suicide awareness and prevention and grief support. Our programming area is all the towns on Cape Cod, including Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard. Please contact us if your school, community group, or faith community would like to host any of these programs. Sharing Kindness relies on grants, corporate sponsorships and the generosity of individuals in order to provide evidence-based, best practice programming for the families we serve. Contact us to schedule a Sharing Kindness program.
Please check back: multiple new peer grief support programs planned for 2023.
A grief-focused gathering (over brunch!) for young people on the Cape & Islands
Good Mourning is an informal gathering of people ages 21-35 on the Cape & Islands who have had a significant person in their lives die. We know grief and loss are taboo subjects, and it can be complicated to find your tribe. Good Mourning creates a space to meet other grievers, enjoy a delicious brunch, and talk about loss and how it has shaped our lives.
When: The third Sunday of every month
The Healing Circle
A movement & journaling group for grievers
A collaboration between Sharing Kindness and Sue Andersen Yoga, The Healing Circle is a movement and journaling group designed to help grievers heal. Participants will learn calming movements, journal their feelings, and if they wish, share them with others who “get” their pain more than most.
Saturday, December 10, 10 AM
Wellfleet Preservation Hall
Mental Health and Suicide Awareness
Through our partnership with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) from our first walk, Sharing Kindness can schedule these programs for you:
- Talk Saves Lives: A general primer to suicide prevention for community members
- Signs Matter: Early Detection for Educators
- More Than Sad: Suicide Prevention for High School Students
- It’s Real: College Students and Mental Health
Sharing Kindness screens the following films at schools and community groups, free of charge. The purpose of these movies is to raise awareness about the impact of mental health on suicide ideation.
Angst is an IndieFlix Original documentary designed to raise awareness around anxiety and mental health with an emphasis on youth and families. The goal of the movie is to help people identify and understand the symptoms of anxiety and encourage them to reach out for help. With clinical professionals on hand, Sharing Kindness has brought Angst to schools and human service organizations on Cape Cod and the Islands. Please contact us about a screening for your school or organization.
A suicide attempt left 16-year-old varsity cheerleader, Emma Benoit, paralyzed, but propelled her on a mission to use her painful experience to help others find hope, and shine more light on the fact that 20 young people die every day by suicide in the United States. My Ascension is a feature length documentary that chronicles Emma’s inspiring journey and quest to walk again, as she works to bring Hope Squad, a school-based suicide prevention program, to Louisiana. The film also highlights the stories of two remarkable young people who tragically did not survive their attempts, and we learn first-hand from their families, friends, school officials and suicide prevention experts about the devastating effects of suicide and what can be done to prevent it.
The Ripple Effect
Sharing Kindness brought a screening of this film to the Regal Cinemas in Hyannis. The goal of this film is to help reduce the number of suicides and suicide attempts globally. By sharing stories of survival and recovery the film raises awareness of this health crisis, while helping people find the support they need to stay alive and heal. Sharing Kindness welcomes inquiries about screenings of this film for Cape Cod and the Islands.
RACE to be Human
RACE to Be Human addresses the impact of racism on our mental health through the lens of students, experts and educators. Created for schools, communities and corporations, RACE to Be Human addresses the apprehension and confusion so many of us feel when it comes to talking about race and racism. The film program examines micro-aggressions, allyship, the role of social media, and more. It also shares how we can promote curiosity, self-reflection, and empathy through conversations at home, school and work.
The Upstanders explores all sides of cyber-bullying, from bully to victim, bystanders and family members. Changing human behavior and connection is the key, and this is what the film addresses.
The Upstanders shows the importance of empathy and resilience to transforming attitudes and action, and highlights new laws and established programs that are already reducing bullying in schools and communities. It shows that everyone is needed to eradicate cyber-bullying, and gives bystanders the confidence and tools to become ‘Upstanders’, and help change the narrative.
LIKE explores the impact of social media on our lives and the effects of technology on the brain. Understanding that virtual connection is not going away and has many benefits, its goal is to inform, educate and inspire people of all ages to self-regulate, so they can enjoy balanced and fulfilled lives.