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Drained heart – #griefheart number 183

Drained heart
Drained heart

So for the last month, I have passed by this “heart” on the sidewalk when I run. Because I am not tied to anything electronic when I run, I have not had the phone to take a picture of it. But today walking the dog, I had it.

It looks like the heart was turned upside down and drained. That is so precisely how I feel some days. I think recent loss of a 15-year-old girl at James River High who died by suicide has left me feeling helpless and defeated. Which means tomorrow I will wake up to fight harder. You can count on it.

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Anne Moss Rogers

I am an emotionally naked TEDx 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 substance use disorder 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, training and workshop topics include suicide prevention, addiction, mental illness, 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. Professional Speaker Website. Trained in ASIST and trainer for the evidence-based 4-hour training for everyone called safeTALK.

One thought on “Drained heart – #griefheart number 183”

  1. Dear Anne,
    You are doing so much to get the sad topic of suicide discussed. Sometimes my heart also feels drained as I deal with a daily struggle to help my alcoholic mentally ill son. I am grateful that he is alive after several suicide attempts. His getting a DUI has forced him to attend daily AA meetings. But because my husband (his father) died by suicide, it is always a strong possibility for him. It is so difficult to help, but not enable. My heart and brain are in constant conflict with this issue.
    Ann

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