Camp Helps Children Affected by Suicide Cope with Loss

Camp Kita was created for kids who have lost a loved one to suicide. Campers fish, kayak, do yoga, sing, and make new friends; but they also get support in their grieving process. Dr. Ali Mattu, a senior psychologist at Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CUCARD), likes the idea and thinks the therapeutic camp experience is great for the kids. “Just being able to go to a place that doesn’t feel like therapy, that feels like something every kid does during the summer (is) so important! It de-stigmatizes (and normalizes) it.”