Community Support & Education
An important part of our work involves spreading awareness and providing support to local communities in the areas of mental health (or what we refer to as “brain health”), grief, and suicide. These services are available at no charge, unless otherwise noted..
Community Legacy Grief Response
Support for community groups in the wake of unexpected loss
When a tragedy strikes, Sharing Kindness responds to grieving children, families, and our Cape Cod community by assisting in developing and implementing a compassionate response to the death. Whether from illness, accident, homicide, or suicide, Sharing Kindness offers clinically led grief- and trauma- informed support.
Our Legacy Crisis Grief Response program provides a safe space where people can connect with others and receive support and resources as they begin to navigate their grief journeys.
Contact us for more information or to arrange a session for your workplace, school or community group.
Educational films & discussions on issues impacting youth
Our nonprofit screens a variety of educational films at schools, libraries and other community buildings, with the purpose of raising awareness about issues affecting teens and young adults. Topics include youth suicide, mental health issues such as anxiety and depression, the impacts of social media on developing brains, and more.
Event format: Attendees will be greeted by tables with educational information prior to the film. Typically, screenings are followed by a panel discussion and Q&A featuring local experts on the subject, which is arranged by Sharing Kindness.
Grief 101: General Grief Education
Launching at a library near you in 2024!
A new education series launching in the coming year, Grief 101 will bring brief presentations on grief to libraries across the Cape & Islands. The events will be free for community members to attend, and provide information on supporting people in their lives who are grieving.
Check back for upcoming events.
A peer-to-peer suicide prevention program for schools
Hope Squad is a peer-to-peer suicide prevention program that aims to reduce youth suicide through education, training and peer intervention. Students are nominated by their classmates to become trained members of the program.
Awards are available, in honor of four beloved local high school students who died by suicide, to Cape & Islands schools planning to start a Hope Squad. The Holding Hope Award, honoring the lives of Jeremy, Nicholas, Anders and Noah, covers the cost of a two-day advisor training (outside of the training, schools are responsible for the cost of a licensing agreement for the program). Through a collaboration with NAMI, we are also bringing the film My Ascension, which offers information about youth suicide and the Hope Squad, to interested high schools.
Interested in starting a Hope Squad at your school? Contact us.
Education and trainings geared toward brain health and suicide prevention
In collaboration with the National Alliance for Children’s Grief (NACG), Sharing Kindness provides free professional education webinars. There is a cost for those seeking continuing education credits. Upcoming webinar dates will be listed here when available.
Panels and Presentations
Sharing Kindness has led presentations and participated in panel discussions at community events, conferences and summits, including the following events and venues:
- Creating Hope Through Action: Suicide Prevention Summit – Cape Cod Community College
- CCIT (Community Crisis Intervention Training), in partnership with NAMI
- Cape & Islands School Counselor Association
- Children’s Behavioral Health Work Group – Barnstable County
- Eastham Public Library
- Brooks Free Library
Contact us for more information on professional education opportunities.