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.
Coaching Suicide Awareness 3rd Annual eSummit
Sunday, September 10, 2023 4:00 - 7:00 PM EST
Monday, September 11, 2023 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM EST
No cost, this event is FREE
Coaching Suicide Awareness is hosting their 3nd Annual Virtual eSummit.
The emphasis this year is on helping those affected by suicide and learning practical
skills and strategies for responding to people in crisis.
Go to the website to see the speaker's topics and schedule, and to register for the eSummit:
Register at: http://coachingsuicideawareness.com/esummit-2023/
Coaches can receive up to 8 ICF approved Continuing Coach Education credits (one for
each session attended live). Feel free to share this email with other professionals
who might be interested in growing in suicide awareness.
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
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/
FREE - Healing After Suicide Loss: From Suicide Loss To Purpose
5-Day Interview Series: May 8 - 12, 2023
Do you feel like you’re moving in the right direction on your suicide grief journey, and now you’re wondering…
what’s next? You may know you want to find your purpose but need more motivation. Or perhaps you feel lost
without your loved one, stuck in your grief, and don’t know where to start. I understand - when you lose your
loved one to suicide, you don’t have the time or energy to scour the internet to search for support and advice to
help you find your inner peace. That’s why I am eager to tell you about my friend Caro Brookings’ upcoming
interview series. She has brought together 25+ top experts, authors, and support providers from the suicide grief
and loss space who will share how YOU can rewire your brain and discover your purpose. Our founder, Sara J. Cobb,
is so grateful to be part of this FREE 5-day interview series, and can’t wait to share her wisdom with you!
From Suicide Loss To Purpose starts on May 8. Don’t miss out!
Sign up to save your seat at: https://signup.fromsuicidelosstopurpose.com/sara
American Association for Suicidology's Healing After Suicide Loss Summit
Wednesday, April 19th, from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm PST
American Association for Suicidology (AAS) is excited to announce its Healing After Suicide Loss Summit,
which will be live-streamed and in-person for registered attendees on Wednesday, April 19th, from 1:00 pm
to 6:00 pm PST. The Healing After Suicide Loss Summit precedes AAS23, their 56th Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon, from April 19–22! The Summit sets out to offer hope, a sense of community, and tangible tools for those impacted by suicide loss, as well for care providers who work within this community. Suicide loss survivors are welcome to join in person or online through live stream to take part in the day. There is a $50 registration fee.
A collective of fellow loss survivors, professionals in the field, and those with lived expertise are planning to provide a healing, hopeful day that intends to assist anyone at any point in their loss journey.
Register at www.theeventregistration.com/aas23/2650799
Kevin’s Song 7th Annual Conference on Suicide: Building Roads to a Better Tomorrow - Jan 26 - 28, 2023Read Now
Kevin’s Song 7th Annual Conference on Suicide: Building Roads to a Better Tomorrow
Michigan’s largest conference on suicide — the Kevin’s Song 7th Annual Conference on Suicide: Building Roads to a Better Tomorrow — announced that registration is now open for the widely respected event that features a prestigious roster of leading experts in the field of suicide. Presented by The Dolores and Paul Lavins Foundation, The Children’s Foundation and the Joseph J. Laurencelle Memorial Foundation, the conference will be produced by Detroit Public Television and returns to an in-person format January 26 – 28, 2023 at the St. John’s Resort located at 44045 Five Mile Rd. in Plymouth, MI. The three-day conference will bring together more than 400 educators, mental health professionals, professional trainees and students, business and community leaders as well as members of the public, survivors of suicide loss, and attempt survivors. It will address suicide as a public health crisis to better understand and prevent suicide while helping to build pathways to better models of prevention and treatment in order to save lives. A prestigious roster of leading mental health professionals, educators, and experts in the field of suicide will participate in this three-day summit to offer explore new and innovative approaches to suicide prevention. Early bird pricing through January 15, 2023. Online Registration CLOSES January 20, 2023.
After January 20th, registration will be available ONLY at the door on conference days.
Learn more at the link in bio @kevins_song or at https://kevinssong.org/conference/
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
Survivors of Suicide Loss Support Group
NAMI Wood River Valley is offering a virtual Survivors of Suicide Loss Support Group on the
First Tuesday Every Month, 5:30 - 6:30 PM MST.
Zoom Code: 831 8174 7084
The Survivors of Suicide Loss Support Group is a judgment-free, safe space for those who are mourning
the loss of a loved one to suicide. Participants have the opportunity to meet and engage with other
Survivors, share their stories, and integrate grief as part of their daily life.
For more info, visit: www.namiwrv.org
Healing Through the Holidays After Suicide Loss Series
November 7 - 11, 2022
Have you lost your loved one to suicide, and are you anxious about the upcoming holidays? Do you
miss your loved one terribly and think about how you won’t be able to make new memories with
them? Or maybe it’ll be your first festive period without them, and you don’t know where to start
or what to expect. When you lose a loved one to suicide, you don’t have the time or energy to scour the
internet to search for support and advice which will help you on your suicide bereavement journey.
My Grief Connection founder, Sara J. Cobb, is eager to share about her friend Caro Brookings’ upcoming
interview series. Caro has brought together 20+ top experts, authors, and support providers from the
suicide grief and loss space who will share how YOU can get through the holidays with peace and joy
whilst remembering and honoring your loved one. My Grief Connection so grateful to be part of this
FREE 5-day interview series, and Sara can’t wait to share her insights and wisdom with you!
Healing Through the Holidays After Suicide Loss starts on November 7th. Don’t miss out!
Save your FREE seat at: https://www.healingaftersuicideloss.org/sara
Healing After Suicide Loss: Sparking Hope Through Connection
Saturday, November 19, 2022, from 4:00 - 8:00 PM
Opportunity Presbyterian Church - 202 N Pines Rd, Spokane Valley, WA 99206
This FREE Event for suicide loss survivors of any age.
The event is organized by Hope Haven Counseling & Journey Thru Grief with Guest Speaker/Suicide Loss Survivor, Kimberly Starr. In 2015, Kimberly's son Tom died by suicide. She has since started StarrBright Suicide Prevention Presentations, and is passionate about suicide prevention and healing for suicide loss survivors.
To register scan the QR code in the graphic or visit: https://tinyurl.com/SparkingHope
Survivors of Suicide Loss Groups - Kevin's Song
Kevin's Song is hosting both in-person and virtual Survivors of Suicide Loss Support Groups that offer
peer-based, non-clinical support to help those impacted by suicide loss cope with their complex grief.
The virtual meeting is on the first Wednesday of the month from 7:00 to 8:30 PM EST.
Contact Amanda@kevinssong.org to receive a Zoom link to join. The in-person group will met on the third Thursday of the month at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church (16 Lake Shore Drive, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236). For additional information email Amanda@kevinssong.org or call 313-236-7109.
Oregon Suicide Prevention Conference (OSPC)
Tuesday, October 11th through Thursday, October 13th, 2022
Ashland Hills Hotel Conference Center in Ashland, Oregon
Lines for Life, Oregon Health Authority, and other dedicated community partners invite you to join us at the
Oregon Suicide Prevention Conference (OSPC). Attendees will encounter plentiful opportunities to learn, connect, and heal and will leave with relevant networks, skills, and training, along with to-do lists for improving suicide prevention and mental health promotion efforts in their communities. OSPC 2022 – Reconnecting to Hope: Growing Responsive Communities – focuses on rebuilding and growing connections between individuals, providers, local and state resources, advocates, and prevention leaders. These connections strengthen community support networks and create systems that can respond with compassion and care to address individuals' unique needs, lifting Oregonians to reconnect to hope when they are struggling. OSPC 2022 will be held Tuesday, October 11th through Thursday, October 13th, 2022, at Ashland Hills Hotel Conference Center in Ashland, Oregon. Pre-conference trainings will be
on Monday, October 10th. This conference is an in-person event, so the guidance of local and federal health authorities concerning COVID-19 risk and precautions will be followed.
To find out more or to register, visit https://web.cvent.com/event/051c16dc-efc4-49d9-8c3b-020a49f4e9ff/websitePage:0b50957b-305a-43b0-8bc4-622f42b7d68d
National Physician Suicide Awareness Day
Saturday, September 17, 2022
While physician suicide was a crisis long before COVID-19, the demands of the pandemic have created a
sense of urgency to better support physicians’ mental health and well-being. 6 in 10 physicians have
feelings of anger, tearfulness, or anxiety. About one-third feel hopeless. Nearly half of doctors say
they’ve withdrawn from family, friends, and co-workers. These feelings may lead to depression, anxiety,
and post-traumatic stress disorder when left untreated. All of that can lead to suicidal thoughts for
physicians. Doctors have one of the highest suicide rates of any profession. National Physician Suicide Awareness Day is a reminder and call to action. Every day we can make time to talk – and to act – so physicians’ struggles don’t become mental health emergencies. We can help prevent physician suicide by learning the signs, starting the conversations, understanding the underlying barriers, and sharing the resources to help those in distress seek mental health care. Physician Support Line is a national, free, and confidential support line service of 600+ volunteer psychiatrists to provide peer support for physician colleagues and American medical students.
Call 1-888-409-0141 or visit www.physiciansupportline.com. The hotline is open 8:00 AM to 1:00 AM every day;
no appointment is necessary. For an abundance of resources to share with colleagues or have for yourself,
please visit www.npsaday.org for dedicated NPSA Day content and resources.
3 Proven Ways To Let Go Of Your Guilt After Suicide Loss
September 10, 2022 at 11:00 AM PDT / 2:00 EDT / 7:00 PM BST
Do you wonder if your feelings of guilt will ever go away?
Are you constantly ruminating about the “should haves” and “could haves”?
Do you feel guilty for wanting to heal and move forward?
If you wonder if your guilt will ever go away - are you constantly ruminating about the “should haves” and
“could haves”- feel guilty for wanting to heal and move forward... I have good news for you.
Our friend Carolin Brookings at @suicidebereavementcoaching has developed a 3-part framework to
let go of your guilt after suicide loss and explains it in detail in a FREE 60-minute live masterclass called
3 Proven Ways To Let Go Of Your Guilt After Suicide Loss on September 10th (World Suicide Prevention Day)
at 11:00 AM PDT / 2:00 EDT / 7:00 PM BST
Inside, you’ll find out how to release your feelings of guilt so you, too, can find inner peace and joy –
no matter how long you have been bereaved by suicide.
This free live masterclass could change your life! Attend with an open mind, a notepad, and a desire
to TAKE ACTION because… time alone doesn’t heal all wounds.
Everyone who shows up live will receive a FREE surprise GIFT.
To sign up, visit: www.support.suicidebereavementcoaching.com/masterclass
Break the Silence 5K Walk/Run
Saturday, September 10, 2022, Walk Begins at 10:00 AM
1805 Tilford Lane, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho,
SPAN of North Idaho is holding its annual in-person Break the Silence 5K walk, run, skip, (or however you roll) this Saturday, September 10, 2022! This walk is in remembrance of those lost to the completion of suicide and an effort to raise suicide awareness and prevention. On-site registration and check-in will open at 8:30 AM on the morning of the walk at the pavilion, and the walk will begin at 10:00 AM.
The annual "Break the Silence" Walk begins at the beautiful Riverstone Park (1805 Tilford Lane),
nestled in the Village at Riverstone in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Walkers will start at Riverstone Park/Centennial Trail junction and travel along the beautiful Centennial Trail connecting to the Prairie Trail. The "Break the Silence Loop" sign at the halfway point of the walk will signify it is time to return
to Riverstone Park, where light snacks & entertainment will be waiting. A water station will also be available at the halfway point. Enjoy the music provided by local DJ Alejandro, and visit the park's
many community resource provider tables. (Lots of free swag!!) Suicide survivor resource information
and crisis intervention information will be available.
All proceeds and donations from this event go to further suicide prevention efforts and provide
community resources, education, training, and suicide loss support within the community.
Register to walk at: https://tinyurl.com/SPANBreakSilence
Men's Only Grief Support Group
Healing to The Max is offering a special Healing Together Group beginning October.
An evening of connection, support and sharing helpful healing strategies, designed for men, and
facilitator-lead by men! Upcoming dates are, Tuesdays, October 4th, October 18th, & November 8th, 2022
at 7:00 PM Sask Time / 8:00 PM CST. There is no cost to participate and it's open to all types of survivors
AGES 18+. This Group will meet on Zoom. Topics will be discussed around the unique experiences that
male survivors of a traumatic loss by suicide face.
Contact Jill Cowan at 1-306-955-7306 for more information and to secure your space
in this compassionate community!
Coaching Suicide Awareness 2nd Annual FREE eSummit: Coaching Those Affected by Suicide - 10 Sept 2022Read Now
Coaching Suicide Awareness 2nd Annual FREE eSummit: Coaching Those Affected by Suicide
The nonprofit organization Coaching Suicide Awareness (CSA) is on a mission to provide networking
and resources to people affected by suicide. Their work involves prevention, intervention, and
postvention, and what to do in the aftermath of death to suicide.
In support of World Suicide Prevention Day, CSA will hold their 2nd annual FREE eSummit,
"Coaching Those Affected by Suicide," on September 10, 2022, starting at 9:00 AM EST.
The summit is focused mainly on postvention and the grief that accompanies a death by suicide, but there are sessions on prevention and intervention as well. This year's emphasis will be on helping people affected by suicide.
The event is FREE to all and offers coaches 7 CCEUs for ICF and CCNI continued education.
Participants will have the opportunity to learn:
- Skills needed to help survivors after a tragedy or suicide.
- How to approach complexities of mental health and resilience factors for those in marginalized groups.
- How to foster and practice empathy and compassion for employees in the workplace.
Register the link in stories or at: https://coachingsuicideawareness.com/esummit-2022/
Coaching Suicide Awareness eSummit 2022
September 10, 2022
Coaching Those Affected By Suicide
In support of the World Suicide Prevention Day, Coaching Suicide Awareness (CSA) will hold their
2nd annual eSummit on September 10, 2022. This year’s emphasis will be on helping people who have been affected by suicide. The event is free to all and offers coaches 7 CCEUs for ICF and CCNI continued education.
Register at: https://coachingsuicideawareness.com/esummit-2022/
FREE 3-Day Healing After Suicide Challenge
August 22nd - 24th 2022
Have you ever told yourself, “I’m not ready?” Or have you asked yourself, “Will this pain ever go away?”
Perhaps you are taking care of little kids, so finding time to add “grieving” to the never-ending
“to-do” list seems impossible. But what if you could take the mountain that we call “grief” and climb it with
baby steps instead of feeling like you had to “move on” as quickly as possible? What if you could find the
support you knew deep down inside you want and need? How would that help your grieving process?
This is an excellent opportunity to find out! You are invited to take baby steps in your healing after
suicide loss by joining my friend Crystal Partney, founder of Scattering Hope & Owl and Thistle,
for the Healing After Suicide Challenge this month from August 22nd - 24th 2022.
Join the FREE 3-Day Healing After Suicide Challenge Today! Hope and healing await you!
Register for FREE at: https://bit.ly/3SuDJcY
4th Annual Ride for Jared
High Desert Harley Davidson, 2310 East Cinema Drive, Meridian, ID 83642
September 17, 2022 at 11:00 AM
Registration Starts at 9:00 AM
All Vehicles Welcome!
For additional information please contact Tina at 208-996-9601 or firstname.lastname@example.org
50% of proceeds will be donated to a fund for Jared's daughter, Kaylie. All other proceeds will benefit the American Foundation For Suicide Prevention and the Idaho Crisis and Suicide Hotline.
To make a donation and/or to register, visit: https://rideforjared.com/
Healing After Suicide Summit: Finding Hope After Losing Someone to Suicide
July 11th through the 24th at 8:00 AM MTN / 7:00 AM PST
Save-the-dates: July 11th - 24th, because my friend Crystal Partney is hosting the Healing After Suicide Summit!
Crystal is going to offer:
* What you can do today to begin healing
* Guides who’s been in your shoes
* Someone to walk alongside you throughout your journey toward healing
Here's what you can expect in your inbox each day throughout the summit:
* Learn how to begin the healing process
* Know that you are not alone in your healing path
* Find tools and resources that will help you begin healing today
My guess is that it would be worth your while to block out time to listen to the speaker sessions
for this summit. Don’t worry, each session is only about 20 minutes long.
I know I won't miss it. I’ll see you there!
Register for FREE at: https://scatteringhope1.clickfunnels.com/opt-in1636216980107
Let Go Of Your Guilt After Suicide Loss FREE 5 Day Support Series
Starting Monday, June 20, host Caro Brookings will be diving into her 3-part framework, where she combine
all of her knowledge and experience, which she has used to support hundreds of other suicide loss survivors
to release their guilt and find joy again. This isn’t a typical support series, where you just get some fluff
and information about what might work. Everything she shares with you is proven to work through scientific research and even brain scans. Remember that time doesn’t heal all wounds. If you stay with her for the
entire 5 days, you WILL take action as we go along, and you will walk away with your own personalized
plan of what you can do to find peace beyond our 5 days together. You will discover the #1 reason you
haven’t found inner peace. You will learn Caro's exact steps that helped her to let go of her guilt after
losing her Mum to suicide, and how to live a joyful life and not just survive.
Register at https://support.suicidebereavementcoaching.com/supportseries
Survivors of Suicide Loss Support Group - Boise, Idaho
2nd Thursday of the month from 7:00 to 9:00 PM MDT
717 N. 11th Street, Boise, Idaho 83702
The group meets continuously throughout the year at First United Methodist Church
(Cathedral of the Rockies), in the Bishop's Lounge at 717 N. 11th Street, Boise, Idaho 83702.
Meetings are held in person on the 2nd Thursday of the month from 7:00 to 9:00 PM MST.
Next meeting is on June 9, 2022.
Group Facilitators: Kirby or Susan Orme, (208) 342-2139, email@example.com
Sara J. Cobb
Founder, My Grief Connection
Note: The website contains some affiliate links, which means that if you purchase something through one of these links we may receive a small commission
– at no extra cost to you. I only promote things I have have either personally tried or strongly believe are beneficial. Any commissions earned helps keep this
website going. Thank you for using our affiliate links to help My Grief Connection to continue helping grievers find help & hope.
Not responsible for the content, claims or representations of the linked sites, videos, movies, podcasts, groups, events, books, articles, etc.
This site provides links and general grief support information and is not intended to serve as or replace professional counseling, guidance or treatment.
If you are thinking about hurting yourself or someone else, please contact 911 or the suicide hotline at 988.
For any type of crisis situation you can text CONNECT to 741741 to chat with a Crisis Text Line counselor.
Updated 11 September 2023
© 2019-2023 My Grief Connection