3rd Annual Strength 2 Thrive Walkathon Supports the Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline
Nampa, Idaho – The 3rd Annual Strength 2 Thrive Suicide Prevention Walkathon will kick off promptly at 8:00 PM on September 11, 2021, with general festivities and team set-up at 7:00 PM at Columbia High School in Nampa, Idaho. (301 S. Happy Valley Road). All ages are welcome to come for a few hours or to stay all night long!
Idaho is consistently ranked in the top 10 states for suicide deaths every year. If ever there was a time to focus on suicide prevention, it is now! Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, mental health needs are escalating drastically. During the second quarter of 2021, which ended in June, the Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline received 49% more calls than it did in the second quarter of 2020. This number is a significant increase in those recognizing that they are struggling and need support. Thankfully, in Idaho, we are committed as a community to stand by those who are struggling.
In September, during National Suicide Prevention Month, Strength 2 Thrive provides space for the community to come together in solidarity and support with those suffering from suicidal thoughts or the grief from the loss of a loved one to suicide. The event has raised nearly $70,000 for the Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline in the previous two years.
The walkathon is an uplifting community gathering intended to raise awareness around suicide, offer support for those suffering from suicidal thoughts or attempts, and comfort to those grieving the loss of a loved one to suicide.
There will be live local music and speakers throughout the night, a memorial garden of remembrance, and food trucks serving refreshments. During this family-friendly, outdoor event, folks of all ages will walk around the track during the hours that suicide rates are at their highest, showing their emotional support for those who are suffering.
Donations are tax-deductible and will benefit the Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline, helping to save lives!
Register to walk and raise funds, or donate to support others who are walking, at www.strength2thrive.org. For questions or more information, email Jennifer Haagenson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Help spread the light to those who are hurting, struggling, and lonely.
So many suffer alone in silence with their dark thoughts. Let's show them that we care and there is hope that they can get to a better, brighter place in life.
Come participate in the 3rd Annual Strength 2 Thrive Suicide Prevention Walkathon & Community Event on September 11, 2021, at Columbia High School in Nampa, Idaho.
The community will gather to raise awareness about suicide prevention and postvention, and we will support those who are suffering from suicidal thoughts and/or attempts, mental health issues, and grief from the loss of a loved one to suicide.
Pull together your friends, family, co-worker to join you, as we all walk throughout the night in support and solidarity with those who need us.
Teams are challenged to raise $5,000 in donations for the Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline. Individuals are
welcome to participate as well. All the funds raised will be put to good use and will help save lives.
There will be live local music, speakers, a garden of remembrance & food trucks.
This is a family-friendly event and all ages are welcome!
Let's illuminate the darkness and spread light, love & hope far and wide!
Learn more and sign up today at http://strength2thrive.org/
To donate to the My Grief Connection team, Alive 2 Thrive, visit: https://strength2thrive.org/donations/sara-cobb/
Follow @strength2thrive_walk on Instagram and Like the Strength 2 Thrive Facebook Page for updates.
FREE Suicide Prevention Training - QPR (Question, Persuade and Refer)
In partnership with Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, the Idaho State Department of Education is offering free online QPR (Question, Persuade and Refer) Gatekeeper Training for Suicide Prevention!
This training is available to Idaho educators and any member of a school's community (this includes
parents, grandparents, school staff, staff at youth organizations, coaches; anyone who interacts with
students at home or at school). The training takes about 1-2 hours to complete. They want as many caring
adults as possible prepared and trained to connect students with support and resources! Thank you for
taking the time to complete this course which will help you protect and support our youth.
Get started here: https://form.jotform.com/200843987115156
Nampa, Idaho Grief & Loss Support Group
Starting on Thursday, March 4, 2021 from 7:00 PM-8:00 PM MST
First United Methodist Church (GPS room/portable),
2717 12th Ave. Rd., Nampa, ID 83686
Group will be held on the following dates:
March 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th
April 1st, 8th, 15th, & 29th (NO CLASS Thursday April 22nd)
May 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th
This group is in person so attendees will need to wear masks and agree
to appropriate social distancing to participate (Keeping 6 foot distance
from others). Due to Covid-19 safety precautions the number of people
allowed into the group is limited to the same 10 people, all of whom
will be screened for Covid-19 symptoms.
This is a "closed group" meaning that there are no drop-ins and you
will need to pre-register. For more details or to pre-register, please email
Bonnie at: email@example.com
Be sure to leave a phone number where she can contact you to determine
if this group is a good fit for you.
Trauma Healing Support Circle
All are welcome to join this entirely online trauma support group hosted by
For You Network. This group is is welcoming, non-judgmental, all inclusive group for everyone. It will be especially helpful for those with a desire to heal the impact of trauma, support the healing of a loved one, and connect with other people on similar journeys of recovery. Whether the sudden and tragic death
of a loved one, an unexpected severe physical injury, an unhealthy relationship ending in heartbreak, a humiliating experience in childhood, a chaotic and
dysfunctional upbringing, sexual abuse, domestic violence, suicide by
someone close to you or thoughts of it yourself, addiction habits, battle with
mental health illness, or any other form of trauma you have endured.
You are not alone.
Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 6:15 PM MST – 7:30 PM MST
Follow the For You Network on Facebook and visit their events page for
details on how to join the support group circle. See the discussion posts in each scheduled event for link to join the group on Google Meet video chat
(video is optional, you can just use audio if you prefer).
**Adults and mature teens only**
Treasure Wellness Counseling and Training Center Grief & Loss Support Group
In this group you can share with others who are struggling. You will be supported in activities
which help you reflect on your grief. You will have the opportunity to learn techniques to help cope
with the feelings which accompany the loss. You will be encouraged to discuss feelings and learn effective
ways to express your loss. This is an open group with walk-ins welcome. If it is a holiday,
please call 208-515-7661 to confirm that the group is being held that day. They do not charge a fee
to participate in this group. Donations are accepted and appreciated, however are NOT required.
The Meridian group meets in the conference room at the Meridian, Idaho location of Treasure Wellness Counseling and Training Center on Tuesdays from 6:00 - 7:00 PM. When entering the main doors to the building, go
straight through the door in the back right of the lobby area, down the hallway and the room is through
the last door on the left of the hallway.
2176 E. Franklin Rd. Suite 100, Meridian, Idaho 83642
Mass for Parents Who Have Lost a Child
St. Paul's Catholic Church, 510 W. Roosevelt, Nampa, ID 83686
Are you or someone you know mourning the death of a child because of a miscarriage,
accident, terminal illness, or abortion?
Join St. Paul's Catholic Church in Nampa, Idaho on Tuesday, Sept 15, 2020—the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows--
for a special 6:30 p.m. Mass for parents who have lost a child.
St. Paul's Respect Life Ministry will hand out a flower to grieving parents after the Mass.
For more information visit: https://nampacatholic.church/
New DivorceCare Groups Meeting in Boise, Eagle (online) & Nampa, Idaho - September 2020
DivorceCare is a support group for people recovering from separation and divorce. At DivorceCare,
you will find a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most
difficult experiences. This Christ-centered program makes use of teaching videos with numerous professionals,
workbooks, and group discussion to help you recover and move toward healing.
Participants may join at any time during the 13-week session.
DivorceCare at Nampa First Church of the Nazarene
601 16th Ave South, Nampa, Idaho 83651 - Sanctuary Room 252
DivorceCare is scheduled to meet on Wednesday nights starting September 16, 2020.
$10 registration fee covers the cost of a DivorceCare workbook
Facilitators: Marsha Rogers, Single Ministries Director (208) 989-1098
DivorceCare at The Summit Church
10375 Overland Rd., Boise, Idaho 83709 - Meeting Room B26
Meets on Mondays, in Room B26, starting September 14, 2020 from 6:30 - 8:00 pm.
$15 registration fee covers the cost of a DivorceCare workbook, but scholarships may be available.
Childcare: 3 years (and potty trained) through 6th grademay attend the AWANA program from
6:15 - 8:00 pm. This provides a way for parents with children to attend Divorce Care and knowt hat
their kids are receiving biblical teaching as well.
Group Facilitators: Mark and Barbara Buchanan, (208) 375-4031
DivorceCare at Eagle Christian Church
100 South Short Road, Eagle, Idaho 83616
DivorceCare is a support group for people recovering from separation and divorce. At DivorceCare, you will find a friendly, caring group ofpeople who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. This Christ-centered program makes use of teaching videos with numerous professionals, workbooks, and group discussion to help you recover and move toward healing. Participants may join at any time during the 13-week session. $25 registration fee covers the cost of a DivorceCare workbook, but scholarships are available.
Meets on online on Wednesdays starting September 9- December 9, 2020 from 7:00 - 8:30 pm.
Facilitators: Gary and Carolyn Tragesser, (208) 596-0854
Paint in the Park Summer Pop-Up Retreat for the Widowed
Masks & Proper Social Distancing Will Be Required.
Sunrise Retreats has had to postponed their 2020 widows retreats due to
safety reasons, but know that it these intimate weekends are a source of
hope and nourishment for so many.
So, they came up with some ideas of how the Sunrise Retreats can still connect safely with their community. They have planned a series of Pop Up Retreats this summer for widows and widowers in the Boise, Idaho area.
While these events are not "support groups" they ARE opportunities to visit, connect and support each other while participating in some type of
outdoor activity. This allows participants to keep a 6 foot distance and
practice safe guidelines from health officials.
If you had lost a spouse, and live in the Boise area, they would love to have
you join them on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 to Paint in the Park
at Kristin Armstrong Park in Boise, Idaho, 11:30 am - 2:30 pm.
If you had lost a spouse, and live in the Boise area,
they would love to have you join them.
PLEASE RSVP so they can have lunch ready.
More info can be found at: https://sunriseretreat.org/summer-pop-up-retreats
Idaho COVID-19 Help Now Line: Call or Text 986-867-1073 or call Toll Free 866-947-5186
Their representatives will be waiting to help you through hardships caused by COVID-19.
The Idaho COVID Help Now Line is staffed from 8 am to 8 pm (MST), 7 days a week.
Callers may also leave a message during off hours and receive a return call the following day.
Responders do not classify, label, or diagnose people and no records or case files are kept.
If you prefer to browse their resource lists yourself, visit: www.ioem.idaho.gov/covidhelpnow
2nd Annual Strength 2 Thrive Overnight Walk-a-Thon for Suicide Prevention & Awareness
Each year over 40,000 people in the United States complete suicide. Even more attempt it.
Idaho’s suicide rate is consistently 50% higher than the national average.
Strength 2 Thrive is aiming to raise public awareness & raise $200,000 for the Idaho Suicide Hotline.
Donations raised for Strength 2 Thrive will go to Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline. Your gift is tax-deductible
and Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline will issue you a gift receipt following the event.
The 2nd Annual Strength 2 Thrive Walk-a-Thon will kick off at 8:00 pm, Saturday, September 19, 2020.
General event festivities and team set up will begin at 7:00 pm.
Team members will take turns walking through out the night, until 8:00 am on Monday, September 20, 2020.
There will be music & special speakers presenting during the event.
Proper social distancing and COVID-19 protocols will be followed.
Forge International School
208 S. Hartley Lane
Middleton, ID 83644
The following local food & beverage vendors will be on hand:
Slay the Snow
Fly Food Truck
Buy It Ice Cream
Lonnie C’s Doughnuts
Rusty Dog Corn Dogs
Double Decker Espresso
Strength 2 Thrive is being coordinated and hosted by Rhythm & Grace Counseling:
Owner: Chad Hanson
4 Ogden Ave. Nampa Idaho 83651
Visit the Facebook Event at: https://tinyurl.com/strength2thrive2020
Sign Up to Walk with My Grief Connection's Team:
Mental Health Awareness Month
May is Mental Health Awareness Month and thank goodness for that! Our mental health is
being challenged in a huge way with the COVID-19 pandemic, on top of all of the regular stressors
and issues that we deal with on a daily basis.
Whether we have diagnosed mental illness or not, it is critical for us all to manage and support our
mental health. It matters so much! We must continue to talk about mental health, share our stories,
raise awareness, educate others, get help ourselves and give help when we can.
Let's start the conversation and work to end the stigma around mental illness so we can be there
for each other in ways that are real and meaningful.
If you are struggling please reach out for support.
Here are some resources to help:
The Crisis Text Line offers free, 24/7 crisis counseling, via text. Just text SHARE to 741741 to reach them.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline gives 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources, call 1-800-273-8255.
Depression & Crisis Hotline, call 1-800-784-2433.
Veterans Crisis Line, call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1 or Text 838255.
Emotional Health Relief Hotline, caregivers available 10am-10pm MST, 1-833-442-2211.
Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline, 24/7, call 208-398-HELP (4357).
The Crisis Hotline, Serving Southern and Southeastern Idaho, 24/7, call 208-788-3596.
Idaho COVID-19 Hotline, call 1-888-330-3010, Mon-Fri, 8am-6pm.
Ambitions of Idaho 24 Hour Crisis Intervention Line, call 208-794-2379.
For more mental health & crisis help resources visit: https://www.mygriefconnection.org/crisishelp.html
Cloverdale Funeral Home - Spring Grief Recovery Support Group
Saturdays, March 21, 2020 to May 16, 2020 from 10:00 am—12:00 pm
Cloverdale Event Center—Garden Room
Cloverdale Funeral Home, Cemetery and Creation,
1200 North Cloverdale Road, Boise, Idaho 83713
Contact them by phone at 208-375-2212 or email
firstname.lastname@example.org to register or ask questions.
Sara J. Cobb
Founder, My Grief Connection
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