The HOPEwalk is an event to raise awareness and funds for suicide prevention through Honoring (those we have lost), Openness (to start the conversation to help eliminate the stigma associated with mental illness and suicide), Prevention, and Education.  The primary goal of the walk is to raise awareness.  Funds that are raised stay local to support suicide prevention programs and initiatives in and around Linn County that meet and support the goals and mission statement of the HOPEwalk.

Below are funded programs and partnerships from our past years. If you or an organization is interested in applying for grant funding through the HOPEwalk, please fill out the grant application available here. Completed forms can be mailed to the address in our footer below or emailed to cr.hopewalk@gmail.com.

2017
  • Continued to support a local support group for youth who have lost a loved one to suicide
  • Helped send four local crisis center workers to the annual American Association of Suicidology National Convention
  • Helped support the Symposium of Hope: Finding Your Role in Suicide Prevention in Cedar Rapids
  • Sponsored Unity Point’s Trends In Mental Health Conference and brought Tom Joyner to speak at the conference
  • Brought Marc Mero to Linn Mar schools to speak about bullying and suicide
  • Continue to supply packets of information for funeral homes to give to families who lost a loved one to suicide
2016
  • Continued to support a local support group for youth who have lost a loved one to suicide
  • Helped send four local crisis center workers to the 50th annual American Association of Suicidology National Convention
  • Helped support the Suicide & Youth: A Symposium for Hope seminar in Cedar Rapids
  • Helped send someone to the AFSP Our Journey Continues.  A conference for long term survivors of suicide loss.
  • Continue to supply packets of information for funeral homes to give to families who lost a loved one to suicide
  • Supported the National Survivors of Suicide Loss Day presentation

 

2015
  • Helped send four local crisis center workers to the American Association of Suicidology National Convention
  • Continue to supply packets of information for funeral homes to give to families who lost a loved one to suicide
  • Planning to support the 2016 Survivors of Suicide Loss Day Presentation
  • Supporting a local support group for youth who have lost a loved one to suicide

 

2014
  • Helped fund a support group for students who suffer with depression and suicidal thoughts on the Coe College campus
  • Paid registration costs for three local crisis prevention workers from Foundation2 to attend the American Association of Suicidology national convention in Atlanta
  • Helped with travel and registration costs for the director of ASAC to attend the American Association of Suicidology national convention in Atlanta where she attended Training for Facilitation of an Attempt Survivors Support Group (a support group for individuals who have attempted suicide will then be formed in the community)
  • Helped bring Franklin Cook to the area to offer training to ASAC on suicide intervention skill development for substance abuse counselors and Foundation2 and community professionals on the nature of suicide grief and theories related to helping the bereaved
  • Helped put together a folder of information for families who have lost a loved one to suicide that funeral homes can hand out

The HOPEwalk is always looking for ways to raise awareness and promote suicide prevention and education.  If you or an organization would like to partner with the HOPEwalk, please contact us or apply for funding through our grant application.

Please contact us at cr.hopewalk@gmail.com with any questions.