This website is part of MentalHealthAwarenessEducation.com and was started in 2016 as a blog of over 2k blog posts of my grief journey after losing my son, Charles, to suicide.
This page is a guide for those who want to find specific information for themselves, a friend, or a loved one since there is so much here and hard to find.
Use this menu to jump to the right section:
For those who want to help:
- They said they are thinking of suicide, what now?
- To those who think they are not qualified to talk to someone who is suicidal
- Should I tell someone my friend is thinking of suicide?
- ‘My son has admitted he is suicidal. What do I do now?’
- Your child said he is suicidal: Say this, not that
- Two scripts on how a parent can ask a child about suicide (one with high school student and parent, one with college student and parent)
- So why do kids not tell parents they are suicidal? Quotes from real kids.
- How a Teen Described his Suicidal Episode (with a picture of a graph to illustrate a suicidal event)
- eBook: My child is suicidal. What do I do now?
For those struggling with suicidal thoughts:
AnneMoss’s Journey after losing her son Charles to suicide:
- The final 48 hours
- The Day After
- Forgiving myself (The absolute, single most difficult post I’ve ever written.)
- For two years, I was invisible
For those struggling with grief
- Start by believing you will survive it
- 5 things to help you find hope after tragedy
- I wish our love could keep someone else alive (suicide loss)
- Evolution of my grief after Charles’ suicide (suicide loss of a child)
- Surviving my son’s suicide with depression by Gray Maher
- Numbness is nature’s prescription for pain (loss of a child)
- Transforming pain after your child dies by Tamara Harvey Braswell
- How to use DBT skills to manage the pain of grief
- Did my child die because I lacked faith? by Karla Helbert
- Where was God when my child died? by Tamara Harvey Braswell and Lloyd Braswell
- A Husband’s View: Sex and intimacy after loss of a child by Gary
- Cleaning out the room of your child after death
- Dear Charles. My letter to heaven
For those who want to understand how to help someone who is grieving:
For those who love someone with addiction:
- Should you kick your addicted child out of the house?
- It’s not just their recovery. It’s yours, too
- Does marijuana use increase teen suicide risk? by Laura Stack
- Dear Addiction
- Don’t revoke belonging
- #MythBusting Mondays If your child is addicted, it’s because you didn’t put your foot down
- How do I help my loved one to stop drinking or doing drugs?
- How did I smile through the client lunch when my son was in jail?
- There is nothing you can do until they ‘hit bottom’ #MythBustingMondays by Teresa McBean
- If my loved one stops doing X and starts doing Y, all will be well by Teresa McBean
For those struggling with addiction or recovery:
For those who love someone with a mental health condition:
For those who live with a mental health condition:
- I am in charge of my recovery from bipolar disorder by Tammy Ozolins
- Tips for checking into the psych hospital. Checking yourself in or someone else by Tammy Ozolins