My mom lost her battle with addiction and my world fell apart

by Miranda Booher

Every single day in the United States, 130 lives are lost to opioid overdoses. Children will never see their mommy or daddy again and go into foster care, parents will bury their adult children. Families will pick up the pieces. Partners will left behind to face the brutal realities of this world alone.

The dark day my mom overdosed on morphine

I was 12 years old when my mom started taking pain pills for her chronic back pain that was caused by an extra vertebra in her spine. It didn’t take long for her medication to become … Read more...

Is your comfort zone holding you hostage?

Nothing will make you feel more inspired than stepping outside of the usual and doing something you don’t ordinarily do.

It could be something as simple as finally going to that support group, doing something for yourself like salsa dancing, joining a historic preservation foundation or making that move to start your own business.

The point?

You won’t find excitement and adventure in your comfort zone because that area is surrounded with padded walls to protect you from any new ideas that might hatch. You gotta break out of there to find connection, peace, excitement, and joy.

We get in … Read more...

Helping Teenagers with the Death Of A Sibling-Children’s Grief Awareness Month

by Molly Senecal

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It’s November already. Almost one year since my youngest daughter died by suicide during her first semester away at college. Even as I write those words, I have to pause and let them wash over me as though they are new words, as if this is a new grief.

I don’t think these words will ever settle down like old words. Not only does November hold the day of Eve’s death, but it is also Children’s Grief Awareness Month. A time when we, the grown-ups, are asked to pause, and to turn to the children, who … Read more...

Virginia this Morning Video Plus More

What a day. It started off at WTVR channel 6 with an interview about the book, followed by a Philanthropy award luncheon, followed by a zoom call with Molly in Sacramento CA for a future speaking engagement, followed by book signing at Barnes & Noble (thank all for coming out) and ended the night with my best friend Martha, her husband and mine at “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me,” radio show on NPR. I’m too tired to eat.

Video link

diary of a broken mind
Love this shot of the book from WTVR. You can see Charles peeking out at the top on the bookmark
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Upcoming events

Just want to let all of you know what’s happening this week. So I’m not sitting at a table by myself.

MEDIA EVENT: Virginia This Morning
WTVR
3301 W Broad St, Richmond, VA , 23230
Thu, 11/14/2019
9:00 am-10:00 am

BOOK SIGNING: Barnes & Noble
Barnes & Noble
5501 West Broad Street , Richmond, VA , 23230
Thu, 11/14/2019
5:00 pm-7:00 pm

BOOK SIGNING: Book People Richmond VA
Book People
536 Granite Ave # A, Richmond , VA , 23226
Sat, 11/16/2019
1:00 pm-3:00 pm

Can’t come to any of these and have not gotten the book? You Read more...

Will my son go to hell because he killed himself?

Hell no.

Whether it’s a son, daughter, sister, brother, mother, father, girlfriend, boyfriend, husband or wife, God isn’t out there to punish you or your loved one for a cause of death even if it’s a suicide.

That goes for those of you who suffer from thoughts of suicide, too. Sometimes “praying on it” isn’t enough and you need help and compassion. I hope you don’t deny yourself the help you need because a group has shamed you out of it.

Someone with a heart condition isn’t told to “pray on it.”

Parishioners and congregations do shun families who’ve lost … Read more...

Looking for grief quotes and tips

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What inspires/inspired you in grief?

Can you help? If you have suffered a loss or loss of a child to any cause of death, I’m looking for quotes and tips that helped you through the grief process. I’m working on something I will share with you later but I think you will like it.

So please use the comment section below to tell me what inspired you in that journey.

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Review of the movie, Joker by a mental health advocate

The Joker is a film based on the infamous DC Comic character and stars Joaquin Phoenix as Author Fleck, a troubled comedian who lives on the fringe.

This deep and troubling story of the Batman villain goes into considerable social commentary about the treatment of the mentally ill. Much of this was spot on.

As his support system disintegrates, so does his mental health

The movie focuses on the Joker’s decent into mental illness as his thready and feeble state-supported mental health treatment ends abruptly. With no medication or support for his illness, his psychosis escalates and the line between … Read more...

Parenting Regrets and Guilt

When a child struggles, it has to be your fault. It’s probably because you bought regular sweet potatoes and not the organic ones. Or you yelled at them that time when you should not have, or didn’t give them a dog when they needed the unconditional love of a pet.

Maybe your child suffers from depression which comes from your side of the family, used medication you had in the cabinet and became addicted, or used it to attempt suicide. If one of your children was more challenging, maybe you weren’t able to give the siblings as much attention because … Read more...

For teachers who teach mental health and suicide prevention

Here in Virginia, teachers have been tasked with teaching suicide prevention, yet most of them have received no training nor have they received any recommendations as to what to present to students. This article focuses more on suicide prevention and than mental health teaching modules.

Some of our schools are doing SOS, Signs of Suicide. This is being taught in schools all over the US, including schools in Chesterfield County. While this is not a neat package of, “here’s the presentation you can use for your class,” but a web page that will get updated as we evolve in … Read more...