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.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and thank goodness for that!
Mental wellness is being challenged massively with the COVID-19 pandemic, the war in Ukraine, and the
climate crisis, on top of everyday stressors. Whether or not we have been diagnosed with a mental illness,
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
support. Let's #starttheconvo and work to #endthestigma so we can #bethereforeachother in ways that
are real and meaningful. If you are struggling please reach out for support.
Here are some resources to help:
The Crisis Textline 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 988 for support!
The Depression & Crisis Hotline, offers help at 1-800-784-2433.
Veterans Crisis Line is available at 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1 or Text 838255.
Emotional Health Relief Hotline has caregivers available 10am-10pm MST, 1-833-442-2211.
Idaho Crisis & Suicide Hotline is available 24/7, call 988 or 208-398-HELP (4357).
The Crisis Hotline, Serving Southern and Southeastern Idaho, 24/7, 208-788-3596.
For more mental health & crisis help resources visit: https://www.mygriefconnection.org/crisishelp.html
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
Construction Working Minds Summit: A Holistic Approach To Job-Site Safety
Register soon as the EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT ENDS on January 27th!
Pre-conference Sessions: Monday, March 27th, 2023
Summit: Tuesday-Wednesday, March 28-29, 2023
Kansas City, Missouri at the Westin Kansas City at Crown Center
Construction Working Minds Summit: A Holistic Approach To Job-Site Safety will be hosted
by the Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention & United Suicide Survivors International
from March 27-29, 2023 in Kansas City, Missouri.
The goals of the summit are:
1. To connect the dots among other wellbeing, health and safety priorities
and mental health (e.g., DEI, physical health, etc.)
2. To share lessons learned in building industry capacity and scaling implementation
3. To strengthen strategic alliances across the movement and establish collaborative partnerships
Who: All advocates for construction workers well-being
What: Speakers Roundtable Discussions, Case Studies, Best Practices, and more!
How Much: With Early Bird Discount - $100, After Early Bird - $150
Where: Westin Kansas City at Crown Center (downtown), 1 E Pershing Rd, Kansas City, MO 64108
For discounted rates, book by February 28th.
Register for the summit at: https://www.constructionworkingminds.org/summit
World Mental Health Day: Let's Make Mental Health & Well-being For All A Global Priority - 10 Oct 2022Read Now
World Mental Health Day: Let's Make Mental Health & Well-being For All A Global Priority
October 10, 2022
Did you know that:
- Close to 1 billion people have a mental health disorder
- 1 in 8 people around the globe live with mental health conditions
- The COVID-19 pandemic caused a 25% increase in the prevalence of anxiety and depression worldwide.
- A leading cause of illness & disability is depression
- 1 person dies every 40 seconds from suicide
- 3 million people die every year due to the harmful & excessive use of alcohol
- In some countries, people with mental health conditions are more likely to suffer severe human
rights violations, discrimination, and stigma
2022's World Mental Health Day comes at a very challenging time as we all emerge from the COVID-19
pandemic. No nations and most health systems were unprepared for the mental health crisis associated with
the pandemic. In addition to the pandemic, the world is also struggling to cope with the effects of the war in Ukraine, significant displacement, climate emergency, a cost-of-living crisis, and skyrocketing levels of grief and loss, all of which have consequences for the well-being of world citizens. The global rates of individuals having suicidal thoughts are increasing. Also, people experiencing mental health conditions and their families are dealing with governments failing to prioritize mental health or living where services for mental, neurological, and substance use disorders have been significantly disrupted. Funding and investment in mental health programs on all levels are more critical than ever. For these reasons and more, the goal of the World Mental Health Day 2022 campaign is to make mental health & well-being for all a global priority! Undoubtedly, the need for mental health and psychosocial care and support will significantly increase in the months and years to come. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on people's mental health. Some groups have been particularly affected, including health and other frontline workers, students, people living alone, the elderly,
and those with pre-existing mental health conditions. Let us honor all health and care professionals' daily
work, which often includes providing mental health care for others. We can all play our part in increasing awareness about what preventive mental health interventions work.
For more information about how you can help, please visit: https://www.who.int/
Managing Your Mental Health During the Holidays
Thursday, November 10, 2022 at 12:00 PM MT via Zoom
Join educators Dr. Lynn Bohecker & Monique Barber, MS, from The Counseling Center at
Tree City Church for the FREE webinar, Managing Your Mental Health During the Holidays,
on Thursday, November 10, 2022 at 12:00 PM MT via Zoom.
Register today at https://learnidaho.org/events/managing-your-mental-health-during-the-holidays/
Bend Not Break: Suicide Prevention Concert
Rescheduled to May 13, 2022 at Maverik Center in a West Valley City, Utah
Concert starts at 7:00 PM. Doors Open at 6:00 PM.
America's Got Talent Alumni Alex Boyé, known for his dynamic African-infused music that has gained over 1 billion views on YouTube is using his voice to shine a light on mental health and suicide prevention. Join Alex and friends on May 7th. at Maverik Center for Utah’s first ever Utah Suicide Prevention Concert. Utah has the 6th highest suicide rate in the U.S. On average, someone dies by suicide every 13 hours in the state of Utah. We can’t be silent anymore when it comes to mental health simply because it might be uncomfortable. The cost of silence is TOO HIGH. The concept is simple; to normalize and encourage ongoing conversations about mental health within schools, the workplace, churches and throughout the community. These concerts to help build connection with mental health experts, provide support and healing in our community. This will be an unforgettable night that
will feed your soul in ways you didn’t think you needed. This is not just a concert. It will be an experience.
THIS CONCERT IS FREE AND IS BEING DONATED VIA CORPORATE SPONSORS.
If you are your company would like to be a co-sponsor, contact 801-427-7439 for more information.
If you are a mental health organization or a therapist group/Individual and would like to set up a
booth at the event; contact Jackie at The Maverik Center at 801-988-8843.
For more info on Alex’s foundation and his purpose, go to: https://lnkd.in/gP5QXiuQ
Tickets will be Free Admission and will be available to the public starting Wednesday February 9th at 10AM. Limited seating available on a first come first serve basis. Grab your FREE tickets at: www.maverikcenter.com
The Mental Wellness Connection Online Summit
April 18 - 24, 2022
The Mental Wellness Connection is a FREE online summit taking place April 18th-24th
that aims to answer these questions and much more. It’s full of practical wisdom and
simple but powerful pathways to improving your mental health from a root cause
perspective and accelerate your healing potential on all fronts.
This transformative summit can help you:
- Identify and address the underlying causes of any mental health challenges you may be facing
- Harness the restorative and nourishing power of sleep
- Stabilize and boost your energy and motivation
- Understand the brain-gut connection
- Find natural solutions for depression, anxiety, and ADHD outside of outdated healthcare paradigms
- Implement diet, detox, and nutrition strategies into your daily routine
And much more!
This event is particularly special because it brings together a panel of the world’s most trusted mental health advocates including doctors, therapists, nutritionists, energy workers, and more. You won’t just learn valuable ways to improve your diet, exercise, and sleep hygiene—you’ll also discover the science behind how your gut, mitochondria, and more impact your mental health moment to moment. In other words, you’ll come away with a big picture understanding of WHY your body and mind are connected, as well as exactly HOW you can nurture this relationship to experience greater purpose, joy, and connection in life.
Register for the FREE at: https://mentalwellness.byhealthmeans.com/
Registration is now open for NAMICon 2022, taking place virtually June 14–16!
As one of the largest community gatherings of mental health advocates in the U.S., NAMICon provides an
incredible opportunity to bring awareness, resources and solutions to a wider audience of people affected by mental health conditions — both nationally and globally. The pandemic and global events of the past two years have had a profound effect on everyone’s mental health — individuals, youth, families, communities of color and frontline professionals. It’s more important than ever for us to join Together for Mental Health, a timely
and appropriate theme for NAMI's 2022 convention. Registration rates will remain low for 2022:
Only $10 for students and peers, $15 for NAMI members and $25 for non-members.
Register now at: https://www.nami.org/Get-Involved/Attend-the-NAMI-National-Convention
Connection Is The Cure
Wednesday, January 5, 2022
Ford Idaho Center Arena - 16114 N. Idaho Center Blvd., Nampa, ID 83687
FREE ADMISSION, No tickets required
Doors & resource booths open at 5:30 PM
On-stage event begins at 6:30 PM
All are welcome to attend this mental health awareness and suicide
prevention concert event featuring Alex Boyé: Connection Is The Cure on
Wednesday, January 5, 2022 at the Ford Idaho Center Arena.
For more information visit: https://www.connectionisthecureidaho.org/
Preventing a Crisis: Straight Talk on Youth Mental Health & Suicide
Wednesday, December 15, 2021 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM MST
Northwest Nazarene University Brandt Center Auditorium
623 S. University Blvd. Nampa, Idaho 83651
Due to recent deaths by suicide among our Canyon County students, we need to have a serious conversation
with parents and guardians about youth mental health including anxiety, depression, and suicide.
This adults-only conversation will highlight prevention and intervention resources and strategies.
It's Oct 10th, World Mental Health Day!
Mental Health Care For All: Let's Make It A Reality
Did you know that:
Close to 1 billion people have a mental health disorder
A leading cause of illness & disability is depression
1 person dies every 40 seconds from suicide
3 million people die every year due to harmful & excessive use of alcohol
2021's World Mental Health Day, comes at a very challenging time for us all when our day-to-day lives have been drastically altered due to the COVID-19 pandemic. There have been so many changes and so much instability. People, including those with mental health conditions, are experiencing even greater levels of social isolation than before the pandemic. And so many people are managing the grief of losing a loved one, often without being able to say goodbye or even hold proper funerals or memorial rituals.
No doubt the need for mental health and psychosocial care and support will continue to greatly increase in the months and years to come. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact on people’s mental health. Some groups, including health and other frontline workers, students, people living alone, and those with pre-existing mental health conditions, have been particularly affected. And services for mental, neurological, and substance use disorders have been significantly disrupted. Funding and investment in mental health programs on all levels is more critical than ever before. Let us honor the work that all health and care professionals do every day, which often includes providing mental health care for others. For this reason, the goal of the World Mental Health Day 2021 campaign is to make mental health care accessibility a reality for all!
For more information, please visit: https://www.who.int/
Our Future In Mind: Mental Health Summit
Streaming live Friday, November 5th, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM EST & Saturday, November 6th, 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM EST.
Mental Health America and I Don't Mind, in partnership with YouTube, as they present "Our Future In Mind:
Mental Health Summit," a live free two-day event November 5 & 6, 2021. The first of its kind, this event
will give you a front-row seat to the stories behind some of the biggest movements in mental health and
the tools you will need to be part of the change. Streaming live on YouTube, you’ll gain insight into how
they got started, and you’ll learn (and unlearn) from young mental health experts to help you find your
unique pathway into activism. Your voice matters. Your mind matters. It’s time to take action. Sessions will
cover a variety of topics like equity and disability in mental health, using social media for good, and
LGBTQ+ leadership and wellness. You’ll learn from open and honest conversations with a diverse group
of artists and actors, TikTokers, YouTubers, mental health experts, and more.
Register for FREE at: www.idontmind.com
How to Handle COVID-Related
Holistic Mental Health & Wellness Expo
February 20, 2020 from 5:00-9:00 pm
Lake Harbor Event Center
3250 N. Lakeharbor Lane, Boise 83703
Mental Health is awakened in Boise!
Join us for this FREE EVENT!
The Holistic Mental Health & Wellness Expo brought to you by the Natural Health Practitioners Network. This exclusive expo is designed to showcase a wide variety of holistic options and modalities available to our Treasure Valley community. Learn from practitioners and researchers who want to share the products and services they endorse. You will find a wealth of information available to help you determine the best possible resources to meet all your mental health needs.
We will have SWAG Bags available for the first 50 guests
and fun prizes and discounts throughout the evening. We'll have light refreshments and beverages available to enjoy
while you engage experts in discussions that will enrich your lives and heighten your awareness of the importance of
mental health in our society.
Register today for FREE tickets! bit.ly/MentalExpo
Know the 5 Signs
Nampa Public Library, 215 12th Ave S., Nampa, Idaho 83651
April 8, 2020 from 4:30-5:30 pm in Multipurpose Room A
Know the 5 Signs is a 45-minute presentation designed to
build the community’s understanding of the many ways that suicide impacts our friends, families, clients, co-workers,
Know the 5 Signs provides education on recognizing when someone is in emotional distress and how to reach out to help and connect them to resources. It also covers information about stigma, understanding mental health conditions, statistics,
self-care techniques, etc.
Join Erin Pfaeffle, LMSW of St. Luke's Wood River Valley for this potentially life-saving presentation for adults 18+ on April 8, 2020 from 4:30-5:30 pm in Multipurpose Room A.
There will be crafts, games coloring and other fun activities for kids in Multipurpose Room B at the same time so parents can attend while their kids are in the room next door.
Mental Health 101: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Thursday, February 6th, 2020 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Nampa Public Library, 215 12th Ave.
South, Nampa, Idaho 83651
Join licensed professional counselor, Rebekah Rene Stearns,
MA, LPC, of Nurturing Hope & Healing Counseling, LLC to
learn about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
on Thursday, February 6, 2019
from 6:30-8 pm in Multipurpose Room B.
Veterans, military families, and anyone impacted
by trauma of any type can benefit from learning
about this diagnosis. Know the symptoms, causes,
reactions, complications, and treatments. Gain the
knowledge and hope that you need to overcome
your past trauma(s).
This class is part of a 5-part monthly series on
Mental Health issues we will be hosting at
Nampa Public Library from Dec 2019 - Apr 2020.
Other sessions will include:
Thursday, March 5th, 2020
Mental Health 101: Breaking Addiction and
Thursday, April 2nd, 2020
Mental Health 101: Managing Stress, Anxiety & Panic
If I Could Fly - FREE drama production presented by ISWAG Theater
The Journey, 9105 W Overland Rd,
Boise, Idaho 83709, Boise
If I Could Fly is poignant play, written and directed by Greyson Snodgrass, dealing with the mental health struggles so prevalent in society today. The characters face their personal struggles with anxiety, depression
and suicide and find that, in the end, they are not alone. Despite how they feel, there is always hope. Admission to all performances is FREE, but
donations will be cheerfully accepted!
Dec 6th at 7pm, Dec 7th at 1pm & Dec 7th at 4pm.
Sara J. Cobb
Founder, My Grief Connection
All Saints' Day
American Association Of Suicidology
American Foundation For Suicide Prevention
Art Your Grief
A Sibling To Love
Beauty For Ashes
Because Kids Grieve
Bereaved Father's Day
Bereaved Mother's Day
Better With Betsy
Black Balloon Day
Boise Public Library
Break The Silence
Brittany Noble Mccarthy
Celebration Of Life
Cemetery And Cremation
Children's Grief Awareness
Children's Home Society Of Idaho
Chuck & Ashley Elliott
Clair Bidwell Smith
Claire M. Schwartz
Cloverdale Funeral Home
Connection Is The Cure
Construction Working Minds Summit
David's Hope Pregnancy Loss Minstry
Day Of Remembrance
Day Of The Dead
Discover Life Again
Dr. Alan Wolfelt
Dr. Betsy Guerra
Dr. Florie Wild
Dr. Jennifer R. Levin
El Día De Muertos
Faith & Grief Ministries
Finding Your Way
For You Network
From Grief To Grind
From Grief To Growth
Global Grief Conference
Good Grief Boise
Grief Guide Consultating
Grief Plus Hope
Grief Recovery Method
Grief Relief Nation
Healing To The Max
Highmark Caring Place
Hurt 2 Hope
Idaho Crisis And Suicide Hotline
Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline
International Widows Day
Jonathan's Giving Tree
Journey Thru Grief
Julia Davis Park
Kind Your Mind
Kind Your Mind Festival
KIVI Idaho News 6
Let's (NOT) Talk About It
Life After Loss
Loss Of A Child
Loss Of An Adult Child
Loss Of A Partner
Loss Of A Spourse
Loss Of A Spouse
Love And Loss
Luther Heights Bible Camp
Mental Health Awareness
My Grief Connection
Nampa Public Library
National Grief Awareness Day
National Physician Awareness Day
Northwest Nazarene University
Nurturing Hope & Healing Counseling
Open To Hope
Passed And Present
Persuade And Refer
Post Traumatic Growth
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Refuge In Grief
Rhythm And Grace Counseling
Ride For Jared
Safe Crossings Foundation
Salt Lake City
Sara J. Cobb
SPAN Of Benewah County
SPAN Of North Idaho
Speaking Of Grief
Strength 2 Thrive
Suicide Attempt Survivor
Survivors Of Murder Suicide Loss
Survivors Of Suicide
Tea With Tara
The Compassionate Friends
The Dougy Center
The Grave Woman
The Grief Guru
The Longest Night
The MISS Foundation
The Speedy Foundation
Tragedy Assistance Program For Survivors
Tree City Church
True North Yoga
Walk A Thon
Walking Through Grief
Wave Of Light
What's Your Grief
Women's Support Group
World Mental Health Day
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Updated 14 November 2023