Burning Inside: Suicidal Thoughts Flares and Flames

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From Anne Moss: The anonymous author of this post suffers from the numbered items below. I’m so amazed at what he has overcome. He has gotten and kept a job and is now reaching out to help others. 

1) Sleep disorder (Birth, 1991)
2) Learning disabilities: learning receptive read more

#URockProject heart— #griefheart number 258

#URockProject for Team Charles 2017

There is a project in Richmond, VA intended to spread joy in the darkness of struggle or loss called the #URockProject. Anyone who finds one of these rocks and is touched by the message can take it home to keep.

To everyone out there fighting the stigma of mental illness or adjusting to life after read more

Despite my bipolar disorder, I’ve been able to hold down a job

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Tammy and Anne Moss at the Trees of Hope fundraiser for Beacon Tree Foundation

by Tammy Ozolins

For 14 years now I have been able to hold down a job. When you suffer from mental illness, that is a big deal.

When I was first diagnosed with bipolar 2, I was working a full-time job and it was very hard to keep it. The depression made it very challenging. I did not want to go to work. read more

Virginia is for lovers— #griefheart number 258

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Virginia is for lovers

This is my husband’s first #griefheart donation. He saw it while walking the dog in the neighborhood. This one resonates because Charles loved Richmond, Virginia.

When we had to send him away for therapeutic boarding school, he was homesick. He wanted to come home to Richmond.

When we sent him read more

Alcohol is not the antidote for grief

alcohol is not the antidote to grief

I’m talking about purposely looking for relief from the pain of grief with a substance, the most common of which is alcohol. I’m talking about unhealthy self medication.

I’m not talking about those who have lost a loved one and are suffering suicidal ideation, have reached out read more

My alter ego soothes my fear of fading memories

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Me: Some days I feel like his memory will fade and I will not remember all that I want to remember

Alter Ego: You won’t forget the really important things

Me: But I want to remember everything

Alter Ego: Even with the ones who are living, you forget read more

Why did he kill himself? Contributing factors to Charles’ suicide

charles and mom

While I have visited this topic before, I now have the perspective of a couple of years and a lot more education, training and experience. I also know a bit more of the story although there are still missing read more