Take Little Steps Of Hope

Little Steps Of Hope Camp

Little Steps of Hope’s Vision Statement~We want to provide a safe and nurturing environment where children suicide loss survivors can connect with one another while learning constructive ways to deal with the often unspeakable and fierce emotion of losing a loved one to suicide.

By creating a space for children suicide loss survivors, we effectively ease the stigma around what it means to have lost a loved one to suicide.

The Little Steps of Hope Camp will be a camp where the children will have the opportunity to form deep, knowing bonds with others and thereby forging supportive connections that we hope will last a lifetime.

As a community of suicide loss survivors, our camp focus will be to provide and explore constructive forms of self-expression. We will practice self-awareness as a way of identifying feelings and communicating them in a focused way.  

Our focus on grief will dovetail with an equally significant focus on hope, and the power and purpose of piercing oneself together. Most importantly, we will empower campers to utilize the tools and resources we provide so that they may draw upon them throughout their lives.

During our dark times, we take small steps. There's no hurry. We might think that there is, but it's just a thought. We have the power to return our attention to living life with hope, day after day, and proceed step by step. Taking ​Little Steps of Hope helps us to be fully present in living our lives. Soon we are making quantum leaps. We want you to walk and take "Little Steps Of Hope" beside us! Read  Our Story"
​Little Steps of Hope  is dedicated to helping families living with the loss of a loved one to suicide. ​Little Steps of Hope's Founder and President, Rhonda Marglon, and her grandson Blake Bennett, were inspired to start a nonprofit organization to help children and families in their community because of the struggles they faced following the death of Rhonda’s daughter, and Blake’s mother, by suicide in 2008. (501c3 nonprofit status in process)

Blake Bennett is passionate about raising awareness to prevent suicide and starting a Little Steps of Hope Camp, a FREE, weekend long grief support camp designed to help children and teenagers ages 6 – 17, who have experienced a suicide death of a parent, sibling or someone close to them. If you'd like to volunteer to help at camp, be an advisor or board member, or be a part of the camp planning committee, please let Blake know.  ReddingLittleStepsOfHope@gmail.com

SUICIDE PREVENTION IS EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS

When it comes to suicide prevention, every day matters. A person dies by suicide about every 12.8 minutes in the United States. Every day, approximately 112 Americans take their own life, and every year in Shasta County, about 40 people die by suicide.  For every one of those deaths, there are hundreds of local people – family members, spouses, loved ones, colleagues and friends – who are left to suffer an unnatural grief and to pick up the pieces. I am one of them. I am one of Shasta County’s suicide loss survivors. 

You don't have to be a mental health professional - offering a friendly ear can save a life. Preventing suicide is within everyone's reach. Be alert for talk of hopelessness. Trust your instincts, and always take talk of suicide seriously - it's an invitation to talk. Learn more about suicide prevention here.