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/
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.
If you missed my interview with Carolin Brookings on the Healing After Suicide Loss series, you can now watch it
on my YouTube Channel! While you are there, be sure to subscribe to be alerted when new videos are added!
I'd love to know what your main takeaways from the interview are. Drop them in the comments below!
2021 Healing After Suicide Loss Interview Series, hosted by Carolin Brookings, with Sara J. Cobb
Sara J. Cobb – founder of My Grief Connection and murder-suicide loss survivor. Sara’s passion and advocacy
for grief and mental health education grew from a combination of her interests, strengths, and life experiences.
She was called to connect fellow grievers with resources for healing after her own trauma of loss, following
the tragic deaths of her two older brothers, 43 years apart – one by a freak accident and one in a murder-suicide.
She finds meaning by sharing her story of mending from the wounds of sibling and suicide bereavement
and guiding others toward tools and resources that offer hope and healing after loss.
Here’s what you can expect from Sara’s interview…Supporting Survivors After Murder-Suicide Loss.
- Sara shares what it was like to lose her brother in a murder-suicide
- Find out about the ways in which murder-suicide loss survivors can get support
- Sara talks about the support group for murder-suicide loss survivors that she is co-leading
To learn more about Sara and My Grief Connection, visit www.mygriefconnection.org.
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/
Meet-Up for Survivors of Murder-Suicide Loss
You are not alone. After murder-suicide loss survivors may feel isolated and stigmatized. This peer-led group was founded to provide hope and collectively support each other through this rare type of loss which, unfortunately, is an everyday occurrence in the United States. They welcome
all survivors of murder-suicide loss, regardless of their relationship to those
who died. They emphasize welcoming all kinds of survivors of this type of loss
as they understand, for many people, you cannot “choose sides.” The loss of multiple people after this type of suicide loss is incredibly complex to navigate. Survivors include, but are not limited to, the following circumstances: sibling and/or step-sibling loss, parental and/or step-parental loss, child or step-child loss, spouse, ex-spouse, partner or ex-partner loss, in-law loss, friend loss, witnesses of murder-suicide with or without direct connections to the victim and/or perpetrator, and attempted murder-suicide survivors. This peer led
group is a hybrid traditional support group and action group.
They welcome those interested in either, or both. Their 90 minute format
is conveniently divided to accommodate attendees with interests in
traditional support and/or advocacy.
Brittany Noble McCarthy and Sara Cobb are survivors of murder-suicide loss and the co-founders of this unique support network which launched in 2020 and today has connected survivors across the country.
The group meets every other Friday via Zoom at 5:00 PM PST/8:00 PM EST.
Contact Brittany at email@example.com or
Sara at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like more information. They ask all attendees to complete an initial phone or video
call with one of the group leaders to ensure the environment is a good fit
and to ensure the safety and privacy of all group members.
Prerequisites for group participation:
- Must be 18 years of age or older
- Must be currently in professional counseling/therapy, actively
seeking professional counseling/therapy, or have a willingness to
professional counseling/therapy in the future
- Must be willing to share contact information with the group leads
for emergency use only
Check out the group profile at: https://grief.com/grief-support-group-directory/
Understanding Your Grief: Support Group for Fathers
Grieving dads, you are invited to join Eric's House for their virtual
Understanding Your Grief: Support Group for Fathers. Men who have lost a
child or stepchild of any age to substance abuse, suicide, or sudden trauma
are welcome to join. Sessions run for 9 weeks on a weekly basis. They begin
on Tuesday, August 17 and end on October 12, 2021. Eric's House makes all
groups affordable. As a non-profit dedicated to healing broken hearts, they ensure that everyone who needs support gets support. The fee for all
groups is 45, which covers materials and expenses only. If you simply don’t
have the resources to cover their fee, they will help.
Please call 855-896-5658 or visit www.ericshouse.org for more
information, and follow @ericshouse88 on Instagram.
You DO NOT have to live in Arizona to join this group!
FREE Suicide Prevention Training - QPR (Question, Persuade and Refer)
In partnership with Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, the Idaho State Department of Education is offering free online QPR (Question, Persuade and Refer) Gatekeeper Training for Suicide Prevention!
This training is available to Idaho educators and any member of a school's community (this includes
parents, grandparents, school staff, staff at youth organizations, coaches; anyone who interacts with
students at home or at school). The training takes about 1-2 hours to complete. They want as many caring
adults as possible prepared and trained to connect students with support and resources! Thank you for
taking the time to complete this course which will help you protect and support our youth.
Get started here: https://form.jotform.com/200843987115156
FREE Healing After Suicide Loss Masterclass Series
July 26 - August 8, 2021
If you want to finally heal after losing your loved one to suicide and move forward with your life, then you
should sign up for the Healing After Suicide Loss interview series. My friend Caro Brookings handpicked 25+
top experts, authors and support providers from the suicide grief and loss space for this free interview series
on how to find peace, make life liveable again and move forward one day at a time. I am so grateful to be part
of this FREE 14-day interview series, and I can’t wait to share my wisdom with you!
Healing After Suicide Loss starts on July 26. Don’t miss out!
Register to save your seat at: https://interviewseries.healingaftersuicideloss.org/sara
33rd Annual Healing After Suicide Loss Conference
Saturday, June 12, 2021 from 1:00 - 4:00 PM EST
Registration Fee: $20
The 33rd Annual Healing After Suicide Loss Conference, hosted by the
American Association for Suicidology, will be held virtually on Saturday,
June 12, 2021 from 1:00 - 4:00 PM EST. AAS hopes to create a space for
sharing, learning, and healing for loss survivors. The conference will include
workshops, sharing sessions, and a presentation from AAS' 2021 Loss
Survivor Award winner, Lena Heilmann.
For full schedule and presentation descriptions, and to register please visit https://www.aasconference.org/haslc
Attendees will receive more information including access links in their confirmation email after registration.
Coping With Guilt When You're Grieving Webinar
March 16, 2021 from 12:00 - 1:00 PM EST
Guilt is one of the most common emotions to experience after loss, but it can be the result of good people being much too hard on themselves. Although sometimes there really is something worth feeling guilty about, guilt can also result from good people being much too hard on themselves. We can sometimes expect way too much of ourselves and beat ourselves up when we don’t fulfill those expectations. It’s important to notice this kind of thinking when it occurs, because it can stand in our way of healthy grieving. In this webinar, Dr. David Feldman
will discuss common ways we can be way too hard on ourselves after a loss, along with tips about how to be kinder to ourselves. Presented by the TAPS Institute for Hope and Healing®, this webinar is free
and open to the public. Continuing education credit is not available.
Register at https://www.taps.org/webinar/2021/grief-and-guilt
Learn more about all that T.A.P.S. offers by visiting www.taps.org and/or email Institute@taps.org
or call at 800-959-8277 (TAPS) with any questions.
International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day
Saturday, November 21, 2020
International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day is a special time when survivors of suicide loss can come
together to find compassion, connection, and hope through their shared experience. The day was created
in 1999 when Senator Harry Reid, who lost his father to suicide, introduced a resolution to the
United States Senate. Also known as Survivor Day, it was designated by the US Congress as a day on
which those affected by suicide loss intentionally join together for a time support and healing.
Survivor Day always lands on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, as the fall and winter holidays are
often a challenging and emotion time for suicide loss survivors. The American Foundation for
Suicide Prevention supports hundreds Survivor Day events all over the world.
Find out more information and locate and register for your local Survivor Day events at: https://afsp.org/international-survivors-of-suicide-loss-day
The Treasure Valley Idaho's Survivor Day event will be on November 21, 2020 from 11am - 1pm (MST)
This event is for Survivors of Suicide Loss only.
Register to attend at: https://isosld.afsp.org/idaho/
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