Counseling and Support
Counseling and Support
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.
Foundation 2 hosts several support groups. Click on any of them listed below for more information.
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