Blog Birthday heart — #griefheart number 212

Happy birthday blog heart

One year ago today, I just started writing. I had just finished writing this article and realized how much it had helped me deal with the most devastating loss of my life, my youngest son’s death by suicide.

But then someone asked, “How can I subscribe?” So I added a sign up form. More of you kept sharing, and we reached more people. And then more and more. My first goal was 10k by the end of one year. But by the end of February, that goal had been met. I had no idea what it would become and decided to let you help me shape it and make it yours as much as mine.

You came and you shared and you commented and in so doing you reached others who were hurting. Thanks to your sharing, many sought help for their addiction, their mental illness and suicidal thoughts. Many others felt the companionship of other grieving parents. That in turn helped me.

I couldn’t have done that alone. It was this village of influence.

I have written 436 posts, you’ve commented 1067 times on this blog, probably triple that on social media. You are sharers on steroids! Over 40k times in social media. You shared posts about suicide, depression, eating disorders, addiction and grief. On your Facebook pages. Had you told me that was going to happen, I would have told you you were out of your mind.

You have helped spark conversation and dialogue. And I am so honored to be in your company and to have you in my village. I know you will help spread the word when I release my social media program in a couple of weeks. I don’t have to worry because you are warriors.

We are not ever, ever going to suffer in silence again. And we are not going to ever sweep the issue of mental illness under the rug. We will just get louder and louder until it changes. And it will. This year. Thank you. Love you with all my #griefheart.

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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