TEARS (Together we Educate About the Realities of Suicide)

TEARS (Together we Educate About the Realities of Suicide) Suicide Awareness was established to support individuals and families who have lost a loved one to suicide and also to provide important education in hopes of preventing suicide in our Grand Forks community and surrounding region.

TEARS Annual Fundraiser

Our annual fundraiser helps to bring suicide awareness and education to our local communities, as well as providing support to suicide loss survivors through our support group and grief care kits. This year’s registration fee will allow us to increase our educational opportunities for our community members as well as our regional community members!

Walk to Remember, Walk to Support | Sunday, September 9

  • Check-in begins at 1 p.m.
  • UND Wellness Center, 801 Princeton Street. Plenty of free parking will be available. The walk will start at the Wellness Center and follow the bike path through campus. (If there is inclement weather, the walk will take place inside the Wellness Center.)
  • Guest Speaker: Dick Beardsley, inspirational speaker, marathon record holder and survivor of suicide loss
  • Remembrance ceremony for survivors of suicide loss including balloon release. This year we will have a memorial wall for those who wish to bring a photo or small item to place on the wall to remember their loved ones. Please take your photo with you at the end of the walk.

New This Year:


Pre-registration is available online here.

  • $20 per individual
  • $10 per student
  • Children 10 and under free

Fee pays to join the walk and receive an event t-shirt.

*Parents, when registering your children, it will ask for an email address. You may use your email address multiple times.

To ensure you receive your desired t-shirt size (child 2T - Adult 3XL), please pre-register online. Registration is available the day of the event.


Would you like to form a team? This year's top three team fundraisers will receive a prize!

When you pre-register here, it will allow you to form a team fundraising page.

For more information about the walk, contact Moriah Opp at 701.780.1828.

For sponsorship opportunities, contact Randy Schoenborn at 701.780.5618

Signs & Symptoms


If a person talks about:

  • Killing themselves
  • Feeling hopeless
  • Having no reason to live
  • Being a burden to others
  • Feeling trapped
  • Unbearable pain


Behaviors that may signal risk, especially if related to a painful event, loss or change:

  • Increased use of alcohol or drugs
  • Looking for a way to end their lives, such as searching online for materials or means
  • Withdrawing from activities
  • Isolating from family and friends
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Visiting or calling people to say goodbye
  • Giving away prized possessions
  • Aggression
  • Fatigue


People who are considering suicide often display one or more of the following moods:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Loss of interest
  • Irritability
  • Humiliation
  • Agitation
  • Rage

Suicide Risk Factors

Risk factors are characteristics or conditions that increase the chance that a person may try to take their life.

Health Factors

  • Mental health conditions
    • Depression
    • Substance use problems
    • Bipolar disorder
    • Schizophrenia
    • Personality traits of aggression, mood changes and poor relationships
    • Conduct disorder
    • Anxiety disorders
  • Serious or chronic health conditions and/or pain
  • Traumatic brain injury

Environmental Factors

  • Access to lethal means including firearms and drugs
  • Prolonged stress, such as harassment, bullying, relationship problems or unemployment
  • Stressful life events, which may include a death, divorce or job loss
  • Exposure to another person’s suicide, or to graphic or sensationalized accounts of suicide

Historical Factors

  • Previous suicide attempts
  • Family history of suicide
  • Childhood abuse, neglect or trauma

Suicide Prevention Resources

Suicide Prevention Blog Posts