6th annual Conference on Suicide: Equity and Equality in Suicide Prevention –
Expanding the Conversation and Offering Solutions
January 27 - 29, 2002
This three day conference will explore solutions to the challenges that contribute to inequities and inequalities in our systems and in ourselves. The 2022 conference will dig deep to look for solutions to increases in suicide and suicidal attempts in diverse communities with a focus on what prevention models, evidence-based training programs and treatment modalities are working to make a difference and save lives.
The first day of the conference is the annual School Summit, presented by The Children’s Foundation, with sessions and speakers focused on education and youth. The second day of the conference, presented by the Dolores and
Paul Lavins Foundation, features expanded conversations and solutions to the increased suicide risk in marginalized communities. The final day of the conference is dedicated to survivors and the elimination of stigma and is presented by the Joseph J. Laurencelle Memorial Foundation. Saturday’s survivor program will be FREE and available as part of all conference registrations as well as being live streamed on Facebook in conjunction with Detroit Public Television: Kevin Fischer of NAMI MI, Jordan Burnham, Barb Smith and a survivor panel moderated
by Amelia Lehto. On Thursday and Friday, there will be 10 breakout sessions covering a variety of subjects of interest to educators, mental health professionals and suicide prevention advocates.
Registration for the conference will be $150 to attend the three-day conference and $100 for the
3rd Annual School Summit only. The Saturday Program is FREE of charge, but you must register in advance.
Student rates are available.
Register for the conference at: https://kevinssong.org/conference/
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/
Long-Term Survivors of Suicide Loss Summit
July 21 - 24, 2022
The Long-Term Survivors of Suicide Loss Summit, taking place July 21 - 24, 2022 in
Cleveland, Ohio, provides those who have lost a loved one to suicide several years in the
past or more a unique opportunity to share their experiences, and benefit from constructive
new insights on how to healthily continue their grief journey over time. Those whose loss is
less recent (typically five or more years ago) are encouraged to attend, as the summit will
offer a different perspective than for those whose grief is more recent.
Through workshops, expert-led discussions, and social activities,
participants will engage with topics including:
• the different stages of grief • how to break the silence within families • using art, writing, and physical activity to process feelings over time • the intersection of trauma and long-term suicide loss • the positive aspects of volunteering • suicide and military culture • the relation of spirituality to suicide loss • sharing about suicide loss in the digital age • facilitating support groups for the newly bereaved • turning pain into purpose • the need for self-compassion • coping with long-term grief and depression • and more
The Long-Term Survivors of Suicide Loss Summit is the only conference of its kind, and one that promises to offer participants invaluable strategies to reflect, grow, and continue to heal.
Register at: https://afsp.org/long-term-survivors-of-suicide-loss-summit
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.
Dealing with Grief During the Holidays
December 10-11, 2021
Do you say yes to invites when you want to say no?
Do you struggle with saying your loved one died by suicide?
Does the death of your loved one make you feel powerless?
Do you struggle with seeing holiday decorations?
The holidays are just around the corner, and this can be a challenging time for many;
especially for those who have lost a loved one to suicide. Peggy Green has created a powerful and timely virtual event that is FREE for all to attend. Dealing with Grief During the Holidays
is a free, two-day virtual summit designed with you in mind. On December 10-11, you'll
receive the tools and strategies that you need to cope with the pain of the loss of your loved
one throughout the holidays. This summit is a blueprint for dealing with grief during
the holidays and how to survive your suicide loss.
This will allow you to say no instead of yes.
You will no longer struggle with accepting how your loved one died.
You will take back your power.
You will understand the importance of memories of your loved one.
To gather more information and to register please visit: https://www.theegriefspecialist.com/summit
Watch a preview video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=teO2Co7xIR
It was such an honor and joy for our founder, Sara Cobb, to be a recent guest on the
"The Resilience of Grieving Podcast" with host Melo Garcia of After Chloe
Melo and Sara had a heartfelt conversation about grief, faith, family, and love. Sara shared about the
traumatic losses of her two older brothers and how her grief drove her to launch My Grief Connection and
the only known support group specifically for murder-suicide loss survivors in the US.
The episode is now live and available to listen to on Apple Podcasts and Spotify,
in time for the end of Suicide Prevention & Awareness month.
They spoke about some sensitive topics include the death of a child, murder-suicide loss,
and trauma, so please use your discretion about whether or not to listen.
Follow After Chloe on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/AfterChloe
Visit the After Chloe website at: https://afterchloe.com/
Healing After Suicide Challenge From Scattering Hope
September 20 - 24, 2021
Begin healing after suicide in as little as 5 days together! Join Crystal Partney from Scattering Hope,
Monday- Friday, September 20th-24th, for the Healing After Suicide Challenge.
What you will learn in the Healing After Suicide Challenge:
- Healing takes time and you are on no one else's timeline but your own when it comes to
deciding that your ready to begin healing.
- Explore how taking baby steps in your healing can give you daily wins and how
transformative these tiny celebrations can become.
- Learn about the power of connection.
Sign-up at: https://challenge.scatteringhope.com/
My Ascension Documentary FREE Virtual Screening
Tuesday, September 14, 2021 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM MST
This FREE virtual screening of the feature length documentary "My Ascension," chronicles Emma Benoit's inspiring journey and quest to walk again after a suicide attempt paralyzed her. Emma became propelled by a mission to use her painful experience to help others find hope, and shine more light on the fact that 20 young people die every day by suicide in the United States. The film also highlights the stories of two remarkable young people who tragically did not survive their attempts, and we learn first-hand from their families, friends, school officials and suicide prevention experts about the devastating effects of suicide and what can
be done to prevent it. Magellan Healthcare, The Speedy Foundation,
Idaho Federation of Families, Recovery in Motion and Hope Squad present
thisspecial screening of the film "My Ascension," available to stream for FREE on
Tuesday, September 14, 2021 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM MST.
The screening will be followed by an important dialogue related to youth suicide prevention. Speakers include: Emma Benoit, Shannon Decker, founder of The Speedy Foundation,
Dr. Greg Hudnall, founder of Hope Squad and filmmaker Greg Dicharry.
Register now for this FREE event at: http://watch.showandtell.film/watch/idaho
If you or someone you know needs help - call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-800-273-8255 or text the Crisis Text Line - Text - HELLO to 741741
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.
Download the poster HERE, print copies and post around town to help spread the word!
3rd Annual Strength 2 Thrive Suicide Prevention Walkathon & Community Event
September 11, 2021 at 8:00 PM MDT to September 12, 2021 at 8:00 AM MDT
We'll be walking the track at Columbia High School, 301 S. Happy Valley Road, Nampa, Idaho 83687.
Strength 2 Thrive is a walkathon, concert, and gathering to raise awareness about suicide and build a community
of support. Money raised from the event will be donated to the Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline.
The walkathon will kick off promptly at 8:00 PM but general event festivities will begin at 7:00 PM.
It's an overnight walk-a-thon that will take place during the hours suicide rates are at their highest.
Live local music, speakers, a remembrance garden & food trucks. All ages welcome!
Follow @strength2thrive_walk on Instagram and Like the Strength 2 Thrive Facebook Page for updates.
For more information or to register, visit: https://strength2thrive.org/
Donate to the My Grief Connection team at: https://strength2thrive.org/donations/sara-cobb/
Sara J. Cobb
Founder, My Grief Connection
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