Karla Helbert, MS, LPC and I will be doing a Coping Strategies for Grief workshop at Ellwood Thompson locally in Richmond, VA in late February. Date to be announced soon. Checking on room availability and we will announce here and on our facebook pages.
Kendall Baker recently wrote an article that inspired questions about what an eating disorder is. It’s a difficult disorder to understand and challenging from the standpoint that with other “addiction” type mental illnesses because you can’t abstain from food. One has to eat to survive. Michelle posted a question and these two young ladies answered it.
My name is Carly and I’ve been in recovery from an eating disorder for almost 6 years now. I struggled with anorexia as well and still have a difficult time explaining it.
It’s almost as if there is another person in your … Read more...
The Evolutionary Advantages of Mental Illness | Frank King | TEDxRanneySchool
I always thought Charles’ talent was a gift that came with his mental illness. How many creative people suffer from depression, anxiety, addiction, or bipolar? This TEDx talk by Frank King makes you think about this premise.
I kissed the top of her head and walked toward the door. I paused. I knew this was it. I turned around to look at her and try to memorize her image, an image I barely recognized due to her physical state.
“I’ll see you later,” I said. “I will.”
Katie smiled a forced smile and nodded. She knew what I meant.
I let the door close behind me. I was twenty nine and she thirty, but I knew that was the last time I’d … Read more...
After Charles died, others didn’t seem to want to talk about him. Or let me talk about him. I kept wondering, “Why can’t I talk about my son?”
So two months after he died, I started writing an article for the newspaper about his death. We had just moved out of the house where he had grown up because it had sold four days before he stunned us by killing himself.
He died June 2015. I started writing August 2015. The first version was sloppy and pointless but I kept writing it, revising it, … Read more...
People search in google when they want information. Sometimes they type in, “my son died from overdose,” or “kill myself after my daughter’s suicide,” “my girlfriend killed herself,” “I relapsed and no one loves me,” “bipolar suicide attempt,” “my father killed himself,” “2 years clean” and so on.
Every day this happens. They search on Google, Facebook, Linkedin, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Yahoo, Bing, and even smaller search engines. All are in search of connection that you provide with your emotionally naked stories and wisdom.
People will sometimes search by your child’s name if they know that child has died. And … Read more...
As I’m writing this, I have tears falling down my face. I lost my best friend, Charles Rogers, to suicide while he was withdrawing from opiates. It’s been a little over three years since Charles died and it still eats me up inside till this day that I missed his call before he died by hanging.
We lost another good friend, one of Charles best friends, Mike Stewart, who also died. They pulled the plug after an unfortunate … Read more...