International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day: Boise, Idaho
November 18, 2023 from 4:00 - 5:30 PM MST
Please join The Speedy Foundation and Children’s Home Society for an evening to come together
to find connection, understanding, and hope through shared experiences on International Survivors
of Suicide Loss Day. This is a day when the friends and family of those who have died by suicide
can join together for healing and support. Saturday, November 18, 2023, from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
at the Children's Home Society of Idaho (740 Warm Springs Ave.) on the Front Lawn.
There will be hot beverages, candles, resources and a chance to share or listen provided.
Suicide Prevention Week
September 10-16, 2023
September is Suicide Prevention Month in the USA, with National Suicide Prevention Week from
September 10-16, 2023, and World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10. During this month,
week and day, individuals and organizations will be drawing attention to the problem of suicide
and advocating the prevention of this tragedy. It’s a time to share resources and stories and promote
suicide prevention awareness. All around the nation, suicide prevention organizations will conduct
prevention and awareness events. In 2021, suicide was among the top 9 leading causes of death for
people ages 10-64. Suicide was the second leading cause of death for people ages 10-14 and 20-34.
Suicide is a national health crisis. Suicidal thoughts, much like mental health conditions, can affect
anyone regardless of age, gender, socioeconomic status, or background. Suicide is sometimes the result
of a mental health condition. Suicidal thoughts, although common, should not be considered normal
and often indicate more serious issues. Consider making a tax-deductible donation to support the
Idaho Crisis & Suicide Hotline. Even $5 or $10 would make a difference and could help save lives!
To donate, visit www.idahocrisis.org/donate. If you or a loved one need to talk, call ICSH now.
You don't have to be suicidal to call. Someone is always here for you on the other end of the line.
Call or text 988 or visit www.idahocrisis.org to chat online.
Boise's 8th Annual Recovery Rally
Saturday, September 23rd, 2023, from 12:00 Noon to 6:00 PM MT at Julia Davis Park
September is National Recovery Month! To celebrate, PEER Wellness Center invites you to attend
Boise's 8th Annual Recovery Rally on Saturday, September 23rd, 2023, from 12:00 Noon to 6:00 PM MT
at Julia Davis Park. The Recovery Rally Committee has done an incredible job of lining up some amazing music, food, and entertainment. This year's Recovery Rally will feature amazing food (and coffee) by Emily's Mexican
Grill, Kanak Attack, & Slow River Coffee. There will be an inflatable Jumphouse (for the kids), an inflatable
Obstacle Course (for the kids at heart), Giant Jenga, Giant Connect 4, a Cornhole Tournament, Photobooth, Facepainting, and music by DJ Mateo. You will also find friendship, community resources, as well as
inspiring stories of recovery. Be sure to bookmark the rally webpage to stay up to date on new
information regarding this event at https://www.peerwellnesscenter.org/recoveryrally23
*If your agency provides programs, products, or services that support Recovery in our community,
it's not too late to sign up for a FREE Vendor Table.
If you have questions, call 208-991-8361 or email email@example.com
Touchstone Grief and Loss Group: A Program for Grieving Children & Adolescents
The Touchstone program is operated by the Children’s Home Society of Idaho’s Warm Springs
Counseling Center. Touchstone Grief and Loss Group was established to support the special needs
of grieving children and adolescents ages 5- 18. Meetings begin with a potluck meal followed by
participants being separated into peer groups for discussion and activities focused on grief and
coping skills. The next group starts on September 11, 2023, and runs for eight weeks, every
other week, on Mondays from 6:30 - 8:30 PM MST at their downtown Boise Center.
Empowers children and teens to:
- Identify their feelings.
- Recognize underlying emotions that trigger problem behavior.
- Develop coping skills by understanding death & grief.
- Share feelings & improve family communication.
- Interact with peers who have also experienced a death in the family.
- Sessions facilitated by clinicians & professionals trained in the grief process.
- A supportive peer environment.
- Children's activities during sessions; group discussions, crafts & games designed to explore grief.
- Parental/guardian group sessions focusing on coping skills & supporting children through the grieving process.
Meetings begin with a potluck meal followed by participants being separated into peer groups for
discussion and activities focused on grief and coping skills. Attendees do not need to be a WSCC client.
Groups are covered by most insurances, including Medicaid. A sliding scale program is available.
To register or learn more, call 208-343-7797 or visit https://www.childrenshomesociety.com/peer-groups
Because Kids Grieve 9th Annual Fall Bereavement Conference
Because Kids Grieve is presenting their 9th Annual Fall Bereavement Conference on Thursday,
September 21, 2023 in the Treasure Valley area (Boise, Idaho) and Friday, September 22, 2023
in Twin Falls, Idaho. Their mission with this community education event is to provide attendees
with the opportunity to understand how grief in children differs from adult grief, and to
build skills for meeting the needs of bereaved children and youth.
They offer CEUs for Social Workers, Counselors and Morticians, but anyone in the community is invited.
Learn more or register at: https://becausekidsgrieve.org/2022-fall-bereavement-conference/
Exploring Spirituality in Grief FREE Community Event
Wednesday, August 30, 2023, from 7:00 - 9:00 PM MST
True North Yoga - 1512 N. 10th Street, Boise, Idaho
You are invited to join Good Grief Boise for a workshop Exploring Spirituality in Grief FREE community event
on Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2023, from 7:00 - 9:00 PM, at True North Yoga, near Hyde Park. Learn how to connect deeper to the spiritual realm and give yourself permission to lean into your own intuition, and explore various healing modalities that can be helpful following the loss of someone you love. These modalities will include a group reiki meditation session, tarot & oracle cards, intuitive impressions, and a discussion on how to utilize
these techniques in your daily life. Good Grief group facilitators Amanda and Angelina have created this
special community offering from their own life experiences in grief and loss after losing a dear friend. They
both are certified Psychic & Mediumship Development practitioners and Holy Fire Reiki Masters certified.
Amanda and Angelina are heart centered teachers who hope to offer a space for those experiencing grief of
any kind an oasis of hope and healing. All grievers are welcome to join them, and is event is FREE to
celebrate True North Yoga winning Best of Boise 2023!
Find peace of mind and good health through yoga and meditation at True North Yoga.
To learn more, visit www.truenorthyoga.co/workshops/
SPAN of Benewah County/North Idaho 4th Annual "Be The Light" Suicide Prevention Walk
Saturday, September 16, 2023
On-site registration and check-in opens at 8:30 AM MST.
The guest speaker will start around 10:00 AM MST with the walk starting shortly after.
SPAN of North Idaho is holding its 4th annual in-person suicide prevention "Be The Light" walk on Saturday, September 16, 2023! Walk, run, or jog, through downtown St. Maries, Idaho, in remembrance of those lost
to the completion of suicide. The "Be The Light" walk begins at the Cormana Building where the Soccer Field
will mark the start/finish line of the 3K walk. Walkers will walk around the baseball fields, up 15th Avenue,
along College Ave. The turnaround point will be at the Loggers Memorial where the walk will turn
around and come down through town on Main Street, returning back at the Cormana Building.
The "Be The Light" trail will clearly be marked so you won't get lost!
Registrations that include the purchase of a 2023 Be The Light t-shirt or sweatshirt must be processed by
August 31, 2023 but if you register after August 31st and you realize you really need a 2023 Be The Light
t-shirt or sweatshirt, you can still order online and there will be order forms available the day of the event!
They just won't be ready for pickup until AFTER the walk. Online Registration closes on Friday, September 15th
at 5:00 PM MST. Suicide survivor resource information and crisis intervention information will be available.
All proceeds benefit Benewah County Suicide Prevention Action Network, Idaho to further suicide prevention
efforts and provide community resources, education, training, and suicide loss support within the community.
Register to walk at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/4th-annual-be-the-light-suicide-awareness-prevention-walk-tickets-617412235617?fbclid=IwAR2cRv-qIxPFEcdYk8O0c3ve0c0QDte3FXuxL5I83ecmG0_117KXza1Tp8E
Boise Hive Survivors of Suicide (S.O.S.) Group
Starting on August 15, 2023, from 6:15 - 8:00 PM MST
The Boise Hive at 3907 W Custer Drive, Boise, Idaho 83705
The Boise Hive is excited to launch its Survivors of Suicide (S.O.S.) group. This group will focus on helping
those who have lost a loved one to suicide find support, closure, and peace. If you have lost someone
to suicide, join them on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month, starting on August 15, 2023, from
6:15 - 8:00 PM MST to see what it's all about at.
For additional information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.boisehive.org
8th Annual Semicolon Tattoo Fundraiser Event
Saturday, September 2, 2023, from 12:00 – 9:00 PM MDT
At Resurrected Tattoo, 610 N Orchard St, Boise, ID 83706
You are invited to join the Idaho Crisis & Suicide Hotline at Resurrected Tattoo for their
8th Annual Semicolon Tattoo Event, on Saturday, September 2, 2023, from 12:00 – 9:00 PM MDT.
The Semicolon symbolizes "The Decision to Continue our Story." Get a "';" tattoo for only $50 to support
a great cause, raise awareness, and meet some great people in the process! Idaho Crisis & Suicide Hotline
is the only statewide 24/7 crisis intervention and suicide prevention hotline in Idaho.
ICSH is a resource for anyone in Idaho experiencing a suicidal or other type of crisis. They accept calls, texts,
or chat communications without regard to age, disability, gender identity, race, religion, sexual orientation,
or national origin. Please share this post with your friends and family and invite everyone to participate. If you
or a loved one need to talk, call ICSH now. You don't have to be suicidal to call. Someone is always here for
you on the other end of the line.
Call or text 988, or visit www.idahocrisis.org to chat online.
5th Annual Ride For Jared
September 16, 2023 at 11:00 AM MST.
Registration Starts at 9:00 AM MST.
High Desert Harley Davidson (2310 East Cinema Drive, Meridian, ID 83642)
One way you can help with suicide prevention and awareness is to participate in a local or national event.
Those in the Treasure Valley of Idaho will have several opportunities to participate in different
prevention and awareness events that we will share on MGC. One great event is the 5th Annual
Ride for Jared, to remember the spirit of Jared Spero, who died by suicide in November 2017.
All vehicles and riders are welcome to attend the ride on September 16, 2023 at 11:00 AM MST.
The ride will begin at High Desert Harley Davidson. All other proceeds will benefit the American Foundation For Suicide Prevention and the Idaho Crisis and Suicide Hotline.
50% of proceeds will be donated to a fund for Jared's daughter, Kaylie.
For additional information please contact Tina at 208-996-9601 or email@example.com
To make a donation and/or to register, visit: https://rideforjared.com/
Hustle Hope Not Dope: 2nd Annual Event
Hosted by Caldwell Recovery Center LLC
Saturday, July 22, 2023, from 12:00 - 5:00 PM MT
Indian Creek Plaza, Caldwell, Idaho
What is Hustle Hope Not Dope, you ask? It's an event to bring awareness about addiction to
our community, to bring resources and make the available for people to learn about them, to
have a sober event, a family event and to show others that no matter what you dream is,
it is absolutely achievable to turn it into you full time job and something you love.
Learn more at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1679831825779762/
or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Monika at 208-880-3303
or Katarina at 208-599-6794.
Death Café Boise
Dry Creek Cemetery, 9600 Hill Rd, Boise, ID 83714
Enter off Old Hill Road and park by the cemetery office
Wednesday, July 12, 2023 from 7:00 - 8:30 PM MT
Join the Death Café Boise for their next gathering outside in the evening at Dry Creek Cemetery
(9600 Hill Rd, Boise, ID 83714) from 7:00 - 8:30 PM MT on Wednesday, July 12, 2023. The Death Café
provides an opportunity for an open conversation about death. Facilitators will guide the process.
Join the conversation, and please bring your curiosity, your interest, and your experiences. All are
welcome and invited to participate! Free to attend, and no registration is required. Bring a camp
chair and a water bottle to join us under the giant oak tree in the oldest portion of the cemetery!
For more info on the international Death Café movement, visit www.deathcafe.com
Visit https://www.facebook.com/boisedeathcafe to learn more, or for specific questions for the
facilitators of this event in Boise, email email@example.com
Good Grief Presents: Exploring Spirituality in Grief
Friday, July 28, 2023 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM MT
True North Yoga, 1512 N. 10th Street, Boise, Idaho
Learn how to connect deeper to the spiritual realm and give yourself permission to lean into your
own intuition, and explore various healing modalities that can be helpful following the loss of
someone you love. These modalities will include a group reiki meditation session, tarot and oracle
cards, intuitive impressions and a discussion on how to utilize these techniques in your daily life.
A guest is welcome to accompany you with your paid registration for additional support.
The cost is $33. Enroll now at www.truenorthyoga.co/workshops
(MGC is not an affiliate.)
Luther Heights Bible Camp: GRIEF + REFLECTION RETREAT
August 11-13, 2023
Luther Heights Bible Camp in beautiful Ketchum, Idaho, offers a GRIEF + REFLECTION RETREAT from
August 11-13, 2023. No matter where you are on your grief journey, this weekend retreat will provide
time and space to process personal grief (whether from the loss of a loved one or divorce or life transitions)
in the community of others and space to process individually. With guided meditation, time for personal
reflection, and support from others, facilitators Pastor Barb Condon, Grief & Bereavement Practitioner, and
Tami McLaughlin will help lead a meaningful weekend. Experience the beauty of God's creation in the
Sawtooth Mountains of Idaho, connect with a positive community, and participate in new adventures.
This retreat is for those 18+ years old. The cost for the weekend is $140, including all meals. Luther Heights
offers many retreat opportunities for campers of all ages to grow in faith, reconnect, and rejuvenate.
If you have questions about retreats or camps, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Register at www.lutherheights.org/retreats
(Deadline for all registration is 30 days before the start of the retreat.)
KYMfest (Kind Your Mind) 2023
Saturday, June 10, 2023, at Lakeview Park in Nampa, Idaho from 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
KYMfest 2023 the KindYourMind festival is a FREE Community Festival bringing awareness to the
impact of violence and trauma and increasing access to and awareness of healing resources.
The festival offers vendors and entertainment, and encourages ways to 'kind your mind.'
Come out to KYMfest on Saturday, June 10th at Lakeview Park in Nampa, Idaho, from 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM!
Some of the vendors that will be onsite for KYMfest:
Memories by Fete
Treasure Valley Transit
Nuestra Gente Wellness
The crafting hustle
Mountain Sky Arts
The Witchy Kitten
Barbara Rose's Sparks of the Divine
And so many more!!
Learn more at: https://kymfest.com/
NAMI Walks Idaho
Saturday, May 20, 2023, at 12:00 PM at Ann Morrison Park, in Boise, Idaho.
Participate in NAMI Walks and support the mental health movement in Idaho!
NAMI Walks is a free 5k(ish), run/walk/stroll on the beautiful Boise Greenbelt, with an opportunity for fellowship and advocacy in support of a great cause
- Register for free, gather your team, and earn NAMI swag with each level of fundraising.
- Represent your organization. Dress up, bring your signs, and help us de-stigmatize mental illness!
- Honor and support your friends and family dealing with mental health issues.
- Support NAMI programs and services in YOUR community. Every penny raised stays in Idaho!
Join them on Saturday, May 20, 2023, at 12:00 PM (Noon) at Ann Morrison Park, in Boise, Idaho.
Register today at www.tinyurl.com/NamiWalksID2023
7th Annual Pink and Blue Fun Run
Saturday, June 17, 2023, from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM MT
Lakeview Park - 1304 7th Street North, Nampa, Idaho, 83687
7th Annual Pink and Blue Fun Run to support David's Hope Pregnancy and Infant Loss Ministry is coming
up on Saturday, Jun 17, 2023, from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM MT at Lakeview Park in Nampa, Idaho.
Come dressed in creative pink and blue, and join us as we commemorate the lives lives of babies gone too soon.
The event will benefit David's Hope Pregnancy Loss Ministry, a non-profit organization based in Nampa, Idaho, that helps families coping with pregnancy loss, miscarriage, stillbirth, and early infant death.
There will be vendors and live music, as well as plenty of fun and prizes!
Register now at www.pinkandbluerun.com
Good Grief's Live Your Grief Workshop
Saturday, April 29, 2023 from 1:00 - 3:00 PM MST
True North Yoga - 1512 N. 10th Street, Boise, ID 83702
Join Good Grief in navigating the different dimensions of grief through holistic modalities, mindfulness
techniques, connection with community and a relaxing group meditation Reiki session.
A guest is included with registration for additional support.
Register at https://www.truenorthyoga.co/workshops/
Connection is the Cure - FREE Concert
All are invited to Connection is the Cure at the Ford Idaho Center in Nampa Idaho on January 15 , 2023.
Doors & resource booths open at 5:00 PM and the onstage event is from 6:30 - 8:30 PM.
Get ready for a night of healing, connection and hope as Ben Fuller and several outstanding speakers share
their passion, their experiences and ignite a fire of hope and resiliency in all of us. While you may not personally struggle with addiction or mental illness, chances are someone close to you does. Connection Is the Cure has set
out to create a concert that will focus on prevention and equip you with tools to overcome obstacles but also
offer hope to those that suffer. Connection Is the Cure aims to normalize and encourage ongoing conversations about mental health, addiction recovery and suicide awareness.
This is a FREE concert for youth and adults. No ticket required!
Help spread the word by sharing this post! Invite your friends and family.
Follow @connection_isthe_cure on Instagram for updates!
Learn more or volunteer to help at www.connectionisthecureidaho.org
Boise Death Café
January 10, 2023, at 6:00 PM MST
Boise Public Library in Collister Center (4724 W State St, Boise, ID 83703)
The Boise Death Café provides an opportunity for an open conversation about death. Facilitators will guide
the process. You are invited to join the conversation and bring your curiosity, your interest, and your experiences. All are welcome and invited to participate! Free to attend and no registration required. Cookies
and tea will be served! The next meeting of the Boise Death Cafe will be on January 10, 2023, at 6:00 PM
at the Boise Public Library in Collister Center (4724 W State St, Boise, ID 83703).
For more in the international Death Cafe movement visit www.deathcafe.com
For specific questions for the facilitators of this event in Boise email email@example.com
The Longest Night Service
Tree City Church, 3852 N. Eagle Rd., Boise, ID 83713
Wednesday, December 21, 2022, at 7:00 PM MST
The constant refrains we see about the holiday season's happiness, and getting together with family and
friends, remind many people of what they have lost. So often, the glow of Christmas lights, holiday cheer, and Advent candles can feel unreachable to those surrounded by loss or grief. The death of a loved one can make us
feel alone amid the celebration and joy. We need the space and time to acknowledge our sadness; we need to
know that we are not alone.If you haven't heard of it before, Blue Christmas is sometimes called The Longest
Night in the Western Christian tradition. This service is traditionally held on or near the longest night of the
year, December 21st, the Winter Solstice. It honors people who have lost loved ones and are experiencing grief
or loss of any kind. Usually, it includes opportunities for expressing grief, pain, and lament, as well as a
chance to focus on the promise of hope. This service is a safe space for those who are struggling to feel the joy
and light of this holiday season due to the loss of any kind. This service is not intended to be a healing service,
but an acknowledgment of the hole grief leaves in one's heart while simultaneously remembering that we
worship a God who is with us, even in the darkest of times and longest of nights. For those in the Boise, Idaho
area, you are invited to join Tree City Church (3852 N. Eagle Rd., Boise, ID 83713) for their Longest Night
service on December 21, 2022, at 7:00 PM MST. Kids ministry will be available for ages birth thru grade 4.
Learn more here: https://treecitychurch.churchcenter.com/registrations/events/1503744
Kids2Kids Boise December Meeting
Join Because Kids Grieve for their Kids2Kids Boise December Meeting on the topic of "Surprise, Shock,
and Denial," on December 20, 2022, from 6:00 - 8:00 PM at A New Beginning Adoption Agency
(8660 W. Emerald St., Suite 142, Boise, Idaho 83704).
This FREE evening includes a dinner, guardian/parent break out group & children/teen break
out group, both involving theme related activities and interactions.
To register visit www.becausekidsgrieve.org.
For more info about the program, please contact April Lopas at 208-318-8359 or Cheryl Haney 208-409-6680.
Christmas Remembrance Luminary
December 1, 2022 at 7:00 PM
Cloverdale Event Center, 1200 North Cloverdale Road, Boise, Idaho 83713
Please join Cloverdale Funeral Home, Cemetery and Cremation, for a candlelight service remembering
all those that have gone before us. All are welcome to attend with family friendly, FREE event.
The candlelight service will be followed by a light dessert reception.
Learn more at: https://www.facebook.com/events/469136981919043/?ref=newsfeed
Tree of Remembrance
Thursday, December 1, 2022 from 6:30-8:30 PM
Meridian Public Library, 1326 West Cherry Lane, Meridian, Idaho
Those in the Treasure Valley Idaho are welcome to join Because Kids Grieve for this year's Tree of Remembrance event on Thursday, December 1, 2022, at the Meridian Public Library, 6:30-8:30 PM. Join them for a fun night
of making ornaments in remembrance of your loved ones that will be displayed at the library through the
month of December. Light refreshments will be served. This event is free to everyone!
For details visit www.becausekidsgrieve.org
Kids2Kids Boise November Meeting
November 22, 2022, from 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Join Because Kids Grieve for their Kids2Kids Boise November Meeting on the topic of "Surprise, Shock,
and Denial," on November 22, 2022, from 6:00 - 8:00 PM, at A New Beginning Adoption Agency
(8660 W. Emerald St., Suite 142, Boise, Idaho 83704). This FREE evening includes a dinner, guardian/
parent break outgroup & children/teen break out group, both involving theme related activities
and interactions. To register visit www.becausekidsgrieve.org. For more info about the program,
please contact April Lopas at 208-318-8359 or Cheryl Haney 208-409-6680.
Sara J. Cobb
Founder, My Grief Connection
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