Foundation 2 provides ongoing emotional assistance through family counseling and our support groups. Our support groups focus on the area of supporting youth and adults who have lost a loved one to suicide and supporting adults with depression and anxiety.
Counseling and Support
Counseling and Support
Please contact Foundation 2 at 319-362-2174 for the most up-to-date information about support groups as social distancing requirements may impact current schedules.
Suicide Survivors Bereavement
When you lose someone to suicide, you may find that it is the kind of death, and grief, that most people are very uncomfortable talking about. This group at Foundation 2 will help you put aside that discomfort to get the help you need.
The group is open to spouses, brothers or sisters, parents, adult children, or friends of suicide victims. Survivors at any stage of their grieving process are welcome.
The group meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month, 6-7:30 p.m.
There are no fees to attend the group. Free-will donations are appreciated.
Before attending for the first time, we ask that you please call our facilitator, Nancy Oehlert, at 319-362-2174 for the most up-to-date information on meeting times and more.
Families/Friends of Suicide Loss Support Group
This group offers a safe, confidential support group to family/friends or ANYONE who has lost someone to suicide. The church is the facility that hosts this group and its only role is to provide the building – all persons of every faith and non-faith are welcome. Cost is free. This group is open to individuals ages 18 and up.
St. Paul Lutheran Church
2136 Brady Street
Davenport, IA 52803
1st Monday of the month from 6:30pm – 7:30pm
This support group is facilitated by persons who have been through the loss of a loved one to suicide.
Suicide Attempt Survivors
If you struggle with current or recent thoughts of suicide, this structured group will connect you to others and provide you with skills and tools to stay safe.
The group’s facilitators are a licensed therapist, and a suicide attempt survivor with training in group facilitation. Prospective group members need to complete an intake interview with the therapist to see if the group goals and format are a good fit for them.
The first weeks of this group are spent in creating a safe place for people with similar experience to share their thoughts and experience about their suicide attempt. Once the safe environment has been established, the remaining weeks of the group are spent in developing skills and tools to stay safe from any future suicide attempt.
This is a small (6-8) person group that meets once a week for 8 weeks on Wednesday evenings.
Once an eight week session has started, it is closed to new members.
Additional information will be provided at the time of the intake interview.
In order to make an appointment for the intake interview, please call Dennis Dozier at 319-261-0976 and leave a message or email at email@example.com.
What are support groups all about?
- Listening: Share feelings and explore painful questions in a supportive environment. Members also share coping techniques.
- Reassurance: Know you are not suffering alone, and that your reactions, thoughts and feelings are not unusual.
- Opportunity: Reaching out, even in the midst of your own pain, to help others in a similar situation can be a healing experience in itself.
- Information: Learn the facts about suicide, grief and depression.
Are My Feelings Normal?
To be at peace with the deceased, survivors must grieve. Aside from the typical aspects of grief, as a suicide survivor, you may be experiencing:
- Stigma: Other people—sometimes even your relatives and friends—may avoid you or even blame you for the death. You might feel ashamed that such a thing happened in your family.
- Guilt: Because suicide has been called “the preventable death,” you may think you could have kept it from happening.
- Rejection: You may feel abandoned, reasoning that, because your loved one chose death, he or she chose not to live with you.
- Anger: Your pain can take the form of anger toward the deceased, toward professionals for not preventing it, toward yourself, or even toward God.
- Questioning: Survivors can be overwhelmed wondering why the person took his or her life. You may wonder what you could have done to prevent it.
It is hard for anyone to really understand a loss from suicide, but talking with others who have been through the same experience can help you begin adjusting to the death.
Foundation 2 offers immediate crisis counseling for youth, individuals and families in the Cedar Rapids area.
The Foundation 2 Family Counseling program provides individual and family counseling on an out-client basis. Counseling is provided on a sliding fee scale, based on income and the ability to pay.
Mobile Crisis Outreach provides on-site crisis intervention to individuals in Linn County 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Family Counseling is available at the Foundation 2 Youth Shelter. Long-term counseling is provided on a sliding fee scale, based on income and ability to pay. Contact 319-366-8797 to schedule an appointment.
They focus on preventing runaway behavior, suicide attempts, child abuse, family breakup, school failure, or the placement of a runaway or homeless youth.
Referrals are accepted from parents/guardians, law enforcement officials, social workers, and other human service professionals. Contact the Foundation 2 Youth Shelter at 319-366-8797.
Shelter and family counseling services are designed to:
- Restore appropriate parent-child roles
- Clarify strengths, values, and needs
- Aid in listening and understanding
- Explore solutions to troubling issues
- Build skills in order to prevent or resolve future conflicts