The Annual Cape & Islands Suicide Awareness Walk will be on Saturday, May 21 at Veterans Park Beach in Hyannis, MA. We hope you can join us to help spread awareness and “smash the stigma” of suicide.

What is the Suicide Awareness Walk?

The Cape & Islands Suicide Awareness Walk is an annual event that brings together families, friends and community members to remember those who have died by suicide, support survivors of suicide loss, and nurture those who have attempted suicide. A fundraiser for Sharing Kindness and three local partner organizations–the Cape & Islands Suicide Prevention Coalition, NAMI of Cape Cod & the Islands and The Samaritans on Cape Cod & the Islands–the walk is also a day of healing, telling our stories and forming connections with others through shared experiences with suicide.

What is the goal of the event?

Since the inception of the Cape and Islands Suicide Awareness Walk six years ago, our primary goal has been to raise awareness of suicide in our community. Why? Because the stigma that still surrounds suicide, grief and mental illness prevents many from getting the help they need, and we can only begin to reduce stigma through awareness and understanding. In addition to sharing information about suicide and suicide loss, the walk raises funds for Sharing Kindness and local partner organizations (listed above) whose missions include education about suicide and mental illness.

How can I get involved?

Save the date for this year’s event (Saturday, May 21) and follow us on Facebook and/or Instagram to get event details as soon as they’re available! Then you’re welcome to start your own fundraiser for the walk or support a fundraising team of someone you know. If you’re interested in volunteering, you can sign up here. Tip: we can always use help spreading the word! You’re welcome to share the date and info about the walk on your own social media pages, using the hashtag #LetsTalkCC.

Learn how the generous donations of our sponsors impacted the Cape and Islands last year.


Attendees of the 2021 Suicide Awareness Walk share their perspectives on suicide, mental health and the importance of erasing stigma.