I had fun this past weekend

It’s the holidays and I had fun. I had no expectation that it would be.

After Charles’ suicide, I focused more on friends and family and less on stuff and decorations. It’s the connections that I need. Not more stuff. In fact, I can’t help but look around and want to purge some stuff .

It’s nice to be invited to things again. Our social life had dwindled when Charles struggled with drugs and alcohol and then it died when he did. Of course, it did. I didn’t want to spend quite that much time with myself, though.

I just wanted you to know it’s possible. That years later you can have fun and not hate being alive.

And the holidays are a time for me to reconnect with my support group. They are having a candlelight ceremony for our loved ones. Fellowship, food, some fun, and mourning (all in the same 1.5 hours.) If you are in Richmond, VA and you’ve lost someone to suicide, meet me there.

Here are some other grief resources if you need them. Whatever place you find yourself in this time of year, do connect. That could mean AA, NA, FA, Al-anon, mental health support group, ED support group and so on. Find your peeps. You might just find yourself having fun.

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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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