This podcast features, Anne Moss Rogers. Following her son Charles’s tragic suicide on June 5, 2015, she sold her digital marketing business to speak on the topics of mental health and suicide prevention with a focus on helping educators build a climate and culture of student wellness.
Her second book, Emotionally Naked: A Teacher’s Guide to Preventing Suicide and Recognizing Students at Risk written with co-writer Kim O’Brien, PhD, licensed clinical social worker, was published in August 2021 through Jossey Bass.
I posted the following on LinkedIn. Below are some of the lovely quotes from that post.
What grieving parents want you to know….
You are still important to us. We still want to be asked, invited, and included. We might not go. And then again we may.
We still want to talk about our child who died. Days, months, and even years later. Our greatest fear is that our child will be forgotten. We hope you will listen and be there for us, asking us on holidays how we might be coping. And understanding that certain times of year … Read more...
I remember ever so vividly in middle school, I didn’t feel like myself anymore.
Something was wrong and I had no clue what it was. I was extremely sad for no reason whatsoever, and it wasn’t the sadness that I was used to. I was having crying spells, I couldn’t understand what was happening to me. I had no one to turn to because no one understood and couldn’t possibly know what I was going … Read more...
In case you were not aware of what Bipolar was, the medical terminology is called manic depressive disorder. This means the person can experience mania (extreme highs) and depression (extreme lows). Now, everyone varies on the extreme, and keep in mind some may also only have manias or depressive episodes.
What do I experience? I experience mixed episodes
So, for me what happens is sometimes I will experience mania symptoms then later that same day I will experience symptoms of depression. Other times it will be one or the other.
A school counselor in my Arizona workshop, The Emotionally Naked Truth About Student Suicide, told me she had a student in the office who shared her thoughts of suicide and when she called the parent they yelled at her and then forbade the child to speak to her.
The parents were ashamed and outraged with their child for talking about such things with a counselor.
You might default to thinking that the parents are terrible people and while they might be, it is usually a cultural issue or simply ignorance regarding mental … Read more...
This is the 100 episodes, Andy Levine has pulled together 6 key takeaways on second acts:
1. Find What Feeds You 2. For Inspiration, Look Back To Your Childhood 3. Expect Barriers – Lots of Them 4. Trauma Often Triggers A Second Act 5. There Are Leapers And There Are Planners 6. You’re Never Too Old To Make A Change
The term “postvention” describes an intervention initiated after a traumatic event and for the purposes of this post, the term refers specifically to an intervention following a death by suicide on a school campus. An effective response includes communication, connection, healthy grieving, commemoration, stabilization, coping skills and resilience development, and advocacy.
Good postvention is good prevention
The knee-jerk reaction by schools and colleges is to cancel everything. But the opposite is recommended. Furthermore, the administration usually tries to contain it by being hush-hush which further exacerbates an emotional crisis and stigmatizes a suicide death.