KYMfest 2022 - This Saturday, August 6, 2022
We hope all you locals in the Treasure Valley can join us for the FREE 'KindYourMind' Festival is
Saturday, August 6th at Lakeview Park in Nampa, Idaho, from 11am-7pm.
Our founder Sara Cobb will be there representing My Grief Connection at our information booth.
Spread the word to your family and friends about this awesome community event, and stop by the
My Grief Connection booth to say hello!!!
All are welcome to join this community centered, free family event, KYMfest brings our community in and
human service resources together. KYMfest partners with those who view human beings as naturally kind
and connected and are working to shift toxic norms and create better ways of being. The festival hosts
workshops, demonstrations, speakers, music, performances, vendors, food and activities for all ages.
This event brings together family-oriented resources in the Treasure Valley that aim to reduce violence,
heal trauma, and support people through life transitions.
To keep up to date on information about this event, visit: https://kymfest.com/
and follow @kindyourmind on Instagram and For You Network on Facebook.
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.
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.
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**
Nampa Public Library Offers FREE Virtual Behavioral Health Counseling Services
Nampa Public Library members can now a sign up for secure and FREE virtual counseling with
Natalie Millett, LPC, NCC, from Treasure Valley Compassionate Therapy, LLC. This is for ages 18 and older.
The Be Well Nampa project is funded by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) through
the NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Award.
In order to fulfill grant requirements, this opportunity is for residents of Nampa, Idaho only.
For more information and to make an appointment visit: http://nampalibrary.org/counseling/
You can also call 208-391-3141 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to request an appointment.
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
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
Visit the Facebook Event at: https://tinyurl.com/strength2thrive2020
Sign Up to Walk with My Grief Connection's Team:
Mental Health 101: Managing Stress, Anxiety & Panic
Thursday, April 2nd, 2020 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Nampa Public Library, 215 12th Ave. S., Nampa, Idaho 83651
Come meet with licensed professional counselor, Rebekah Rene Stearns,
MA, LPC, of Nurturing Hope & Healing Counseling, LLC to learn about
Managing Stress, Anxiety & Panic on Thursday, April 2, 2020 from
6:30-8 pm in Multipurpose Room B at the Nampa Public Library.
We all face stressful & worrisome things in life. This FREE class will teach you how to reduce stress and anxiety as well as how to avoid or eliminate panic attacks so you can take control of your stress and live at peace.
Mental Health 101: Breaking Addiction and Codependency
Thursday, March 5, 2020 from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Nampa Public Library, 215 12th Ave. S., Nampa, Idaho 83651
Join licensed professional counselor, Rebekah Rene Stearns, MA, LPC, of Nurturing Hope & Healing Counseling, LLC
as she teaches us about Breaking Addiction and Codependency on Thursday, March 5th from 6:30-8 pm
in Multipurpose Room B at the Nampa Public Library
Learn to help the addict in your life without becoming codependent, enabling unwanted behavior(s) or being taken advantage.Learn to identify the characteristics of the codependent and how to truly help an addict.
For more info on this and other local mental health and/or grief related events, visit the
"Events" tab at www.mygriefconnection.org
Know the 5 Signs
April 8, 2020 from 4:30 - 5:30pm
Nampa Public Library, 215 12th Ave. South, Nampa, Idaho 83651
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, and neighbors. 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 at Nampa Public Library. 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.
Destination Wellness Health Fair 2020
My Grief Connection will have a booth at Nampa Public Library's Destination Wellness 2020 Health Fair. it is a
FREE community event on Saturday, February 1, 2020 from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm at the library. Come take advantage of FREE vital signs health screenings, dental screening and fluoride treatments, STI screenings,
hearing checks and more. There will be fun, interactive demonstrations on multiple topics, including healthy cooking, yoga, core strength and stabilization, ACT muscle testing and Fit & Fall Proof senior exercise classes.
There will be exciting activities for all ages including: a bean bag toss, spin art table,
"smoothi-cycle," doctor dress-up area, and coloring sheets as well as ongoing health and
wellness activities for kids in the Tween Zone from 10-2 pm and a Let's Move Together
Storytime at 12:00 pm for ages 3-6 in the Storytime Area.
Storytime Area: 11:15am – Yoga with 2CYoga
10:45am - Core Stabilization with Therapeutic Associates Physical Therapy
11:45am – Fit & Fall Proof Senior Exercise with Southwest District Health
12:30pm – Diabetes presentation & build-your-own trail-mix bar with
University of Idaho Extension
1:15pm – ART muscle testing with The Karlfeldt Center
Sara J. Cobb
Founder, My Grief Connection
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