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Overdose heart 2017— #griefheart number 260

Overdose heart 2017
Overdose heart 2017

From top right and around: Chaney Corley, died by suicide from overdose; Joshua Hasnas, overdose (possible suicide), Garret Holman; overdose, Billy Derr, overdose; John Henry Watkins, overdose; Marshall Colglazier, overdose; Dawson Pettit, overdose; Josh Kaski, overdose. Center: My first cousin’s second-born, Reece Haigh; overdose, and a friend of Charles’s, Blake Pearce; overdose.

Not pictured as I did this heart in 2017: Mike Stewart; drug-related accident or possible suicide, and DJ Viglis; suicide by overdose.

August 31 is Overdose Awareness Day and this #griefheart is in memory of those who have died from an overdose.

These are people I know of–some of whom are written about on this website– Blake Pearce, Bill Derr, Dawson Pettit, Garrett Holman, Chaney Corley, Thomas Farmer. The guy with the blue bandana is my first cousin’s oldest son, Reese Haigh who died three years prior to Charles’s death. Charles was addicted and going through withdrawal when he took his own life. But his death was not an overdose.

To the families of those teens and young adults, and the rest of you, I’m thinking of all of you today and I’m wearing my Overdose Awareness pin.

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 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.

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