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Free eBook: Tips for a better back-to-school transition

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What does this 4-page eBook deliver?

  • How to get kids to open up
  • Reduce student anxiety, build resilience, and decrease behavioral issues 
  • Set expectations 
  • Maintaining rituals and routines that inspire comfort
  • Sample anonymous student survey for teachers

Get these bonus eBooks & the crisis text poster with your Tips for Better Back-to-School Transitions download

Build Resilience
teen activator game for educators and youth leaders
Fishbowl game
Short activator games
Crisis Text Poster

We know transitions are vulnerable times for students and their mental health. That means it’s a time of heightened risk … Read more...

Recovery School opens in Central Virginia!

by Kerri Rhodes Jenkins

Three of the foursome who went to the General Assembly to testify for this program in 2020 pictured here in 2022.
hb 928 recovery school
Pictured from January of 2020: Left to right-Taylor Rhodes, Kerry Rhodes, Del. Carrie Coyner, Anne Moss Rogers

There are three paths from addiction: Recovery, Jail, or Death.

After we lost Taylor in 2018, I promised I would find a way to be part of making a dent in how we treat addiction and help create programs that would have helped him in this fight. Delegate Carrie Coyner, Anne Moss Rogers, and I took HB 928Read more...

One can never predict the future. Or change the past.

by Liza Sierra

Trigger Warning: Strong emotional content and suicide method mentioned. If you are in crisis, text “help” to 741-741 or call 988

John Michael Carrington, 12/27/1984 – 05/07/2018

At 17, I enjoyed loud music, hanging with friends, and like any other teenager, online chatrooms. One day I got a message from a guy who was 19, single, and from the U.K! I was completely fascinated by him, being that I’m from Texas.

We exchanged pictures, and phone numbers and we both got into so much trouble for running up our parent’s phone bills back then. (Sorry Mom). It … Read more...

How do I help my loved one to stop drinking or doing drugs?

I get this question daily. How can I stop my child/spouse/sibling from doing drugs, drinking too much, and even watching too much porn or gambling? Families feel they have tried everything and the helplessness of watching their loved one self-destruct is overwhelming. Not to mention how it affects the rest of the family and those relationships.

You can affect change. It’s not fast, it’s not guaranteed but you can improve your situation and create an environment for change. It’s important to understand how the person using a substance thinks and feels and how your actions play into their use. Empathy … Read more...

USA Suicide and Crisis Lifeline is now 988

Also known as the 911 for mental health crises, the new 988 rolled out Saturday, July 16, 2022. The crisis text line, a separate service, is still 741-741.

Those struggling with an emotional crisis including substance misuse or addiction, or a person with a loved one in an emotional health crisis, can call or text the 988 number.

At this writing, 988 Text and chat is available in English only but 988 voice calls are can be answered in Spanish or English. Language Line Solutions provides translation services for over 250 additional languages.

Congress designated the new 988 dialing code … Read more...

A special audience

#griefheart Musical heart #8
Musical heart- Originally part of the #griefheart project which is here

I can’t tell you where it was but I can tell you how it felt.

I had been nervous that morning prior to this panel event. But a brisk walk to burn out my nervous energy did the trick. Backstage we put on our mics and prepped for our entrance–the moderator, me, and my two fellow panelists all of whom I admire a great deal. We took our seats.

By this time I was surrealistically calm. Excited, but no longer nervous. I had asked Charles to be with me … Read more...

Did Charles’s sleep disorder lead to his depression?

sleep deprivation and depression
Image source: Sleeping Fix

Charles’s sleep issues started when he was a baby. He rarely napped and if he did it was a 15-minute catnap in the car. If I took him out of the seat, he’d wake up and be done with that sleeping stuff. By a year old, I was struggling for personal time because Charles was a demanding child insisting on sleepovers and playdates 24/7. He’d keep them up all night and as a result us, too.

When one kid left, he expected another to come right after and he was relentless with those spend-the-night requests. … Read more...

Is your negative self-talk deflating your self-esteem?

“They said I’d be a failure
and collect dust on the shelf
I’ll show the world I’m something else
Twist their words and make somethin’ of myself.”
—Out of Reach by Charles Aubrey Rogers

Cognitive Distortions to Cognitive Restructuring

Many of us default to cognitive distortions. That means we look at things from a point of view that is more critical and often results in our saying things to ourselves like, “You are so stupid!” Or “I should be through all this by now. Why can’t I get back to normal?”

When you struggle with self-defeating remarks, it can … Read more...

10 Steps to Finding Your Purpose

Click the yellow title to get your 2-page ebook.

10 Steps to Finding Your Purpose

Length: Two pages (maybe the spiral notebook look is overkill)

Finding purpose is how you add meaning to your life. It can be a business venture, passion project, or social justice pursuit. It doesn’t have to be grand and international. It can be simply promoting a cause in a meaningful way. These are the steps I took to find my purpose and I hope these steps help you find yours.

Read more...

ManTherapy.org – Sometimes life’s dog takes a dump on your lawn

A friend of mine and top researcher in suicide prevention, Dr. Sally Spencer Thomas, wanted to figure out how to reach men who might be struggling with some kind of mental health event or condition. A lot of her work centers around the corporate world and the construction industry, the latter having the highest rate of suicide. She is also a suicide loss survivor, having lost her brother, Carson, decades ago.

She ended up working with an ad agency to execute a way to reach men using humor. The site is ManTherapy.org. There is a lot more to the … Read more...

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