Teen heart— #griefheart number 222

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Teen heart

I spoke to the Swift Creek YMCA leader’s club last night. This was my second visit. A few of these members were in the now famous video by Cosby High School student Alex Chaffee.

We talked about Charles, suicide, mental illness and addiction. We reviewed the contrast of Charles’ tweets when he was feeling good with those tweets that were posted towards the end of his life so they know what to look for in friends as well his social media posts that illustrate wanting to die–posts we often dismiss as a joke.

Then we read some scripts. Each person had one line and we had a blast making a group video that was not Hollywood quality but it was fun and we learned a little along the way. It is the teens and young adults that will change stigma. Hard to hear at some points but this is from Suess-ing of Suicide. Love these leaders!

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.

Suicide is not an act of selfishness

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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.

2 thoughts on “Teen heart— #griefheart number 222”

  1. I have been wondering what I could do to share Tyler’s story of mental illness, addiction & subsequent suicide. Reading this post made me think of contacting our local Boys & Girls Club; perfect target age group & many without a stable home environment. This is a large, active group; I think it would probably be welcomed by the kids & leadership. I am planning to retire in the next few months & this would a perfect volunteer opportunity. Thanks for inspiring me with your post Anne Moss!

    1. You are welcome. You could also share your story here if you wanted to write something. You are a regular after all, a part of the village. Let me know if you are interested.

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