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Isolation forces you to feel

When there are fewer distractions, you have to face your issues. There’s nothing to hide behind or duck under. No way to minimize or justify it. There you are lying bare naked next to your pain.

As it gets bigger it threatens to consume you.

You might want to mask it with a flask. Or consume some Ben & Jerry’s double fudge chocolate ice cream. But does that solve anything?

Maybe it’s time to face it. To stop circling the wagons. Besides, all that circling takes so much more effort. And that much longer. Diving in and working through it, while painful, has so many rewards.

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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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