Recent data from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention reports 44,193 people in the United States die by suicide each year. In 2015, 433 of those people were Iowans. An increasing number of us know someone who is grieving the loss to suicide of a friend or family member or have experienced that loss directly. Suicide is a complex phenomenon and it can be hard to understand all the factors that lead to thoughts of suicide and suicide deaths. Both those who have contemplated suicide and suicide loss survivors may feel isolated in their struggle.
Foundation 2 and YouthPort, collaboration between Boys & Girls Club Cedar Rapids, Tanager Place and Young Parents Network are offering this symposium to shed some light on this challenging topic and o offer hope to the community that we can save lives. A Symposium of Hope: Finding your Role in Suicide Prevention will provide anyone concerned about suicide and mental health a chance to learn more about warning signs and how you can help someone who has thoughts of suicide. We believe that everyone plays a role in suicide prevention.
The free, half-day symposium will run from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on July 11 at the Cedar Rapids Marriott.
This year’s keynote speaker is Sue Klebold, the mother of Dylan Klebold who died by suicide after his role in the 1999 Columbine High School shooting. Sue is the author of A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy, which details her journey coming to understand the life and death of her son.
Foundation 2 and YouthPort are proud to partner with HOPEwalk, Dupaco, Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation and True North to make this symposium possible. Space is limited. Please register today to learn more about your role in preventing suicide in our community. Schedule, breakout topics and registration at www.tanagerplace.org.