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To Orlando with Love – #griefheart number 65

To Orlando with love
To Orlando with love

I dedicate today’s #griefheart in honor of the families suffering insurmountable grief after the mass killing in a LBGT nightclub in Orlando. This, right after media attention was already focused on Orlando because of Friday night’s fatal shooting of Christina Grimmie. She was an up-and-coming singer who had appeared on NBC’s “The Voice.” Her shooter then killed himself.

The mass murderer’s x-wife said she thinks her ex was mentally ill. Only 3%-5% of violent acts can be attributed to individuals living with a serious mental illness.* In fact, people with severe mental illnesses are over 10 times more likely to be victims of violent crime and more likely to hurt themselves than those in the general population.

Those who do suffer psychosis are often told to kill themselves or others. Yet only 20% of those suffering mental illness in the US get treatment.

*Source: MentalHealth.gov, victims of the mass shooting

What is the #griefheart project?

I explain my #griefheart project here.

See all #griefhearts so far on pinterest or on this blog by#griefheart category.

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Anne Moss Rogers

I am an emotionally naked mental health speaker, and author of the Book, Diary of a Broken Mind and co-author with Kim O'Brien PhD, LICSW of Emotionally Naked: A Teacher's Guide to Preventing Suicide and Recognizing Students at Risk. I raised two boys, Richard and Charles, and lost my younger son, Charles to addiction and suicide on June 5, 2015. I help people foster a culture of connection to prevent suicide, reduce substance misuse and find life after loss. My motivational mental health keynotes, training and workshop topics include suicide prevention, addiction, mental illness, anxiety, coping strategies/resilience, and grief. As talented and funny as Charles was, letting other people know they matter was his greatest gift. And now the legacy I try and carry forward in my son's memory. Mental Health Speakers Website. Trained in ASIST and trainer for the evidence-based 4-hour training for everyone called safeTALK.

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