It’s so hard to see your child in an altered state of mind

teen suicide
This is one of the last photos of Charles before he died

I came downstairs and walked into the den and Charles was lying on the floor at weird angles. My heart panicked then dropped to the floor. I thought he was dead and immediately checked his pulse.

He was alive but had been so drunk he passed out on the floor. He was fifteen and had actually been angry with me about something it this was his rebellious reaction to our argument. We had a conversation later and I told him that it did hurt me but “vindictive drinking” … Read more...

Just Listen

If you want to prevent someone from killing themselves? Just listen.

If you want to help someone in recovery? Just listen.

If you want to help your friend who has suffered the death of a child? Just listen.

It’s something this extreme extrovert had to work at and a support group helped me find that organ called the ear. I learned that I got more out of the group if I used my ears more than my mouth.

In my presentations, I emphasize listening. Afterwards, people tell me their stories because that’s what they do once they hear mine. My … Read more...

Divorce your toxic friends

by Danny Gautama

As a man who continues to write for mental health organizations, a big part of my consistency and my drive to help others is having the greatest group of people who encourage and inspire me. I am always excited and passionate to send my articles to help others.

My group is always optimistic, they are the best at what they do, they don’t project any negativity on me, and they are supporting, kind and have my best interest at heart. It’s a no brainer as to why I surround myself with these people.

I am also blessed … Read more...

15-year-old with anxiety and low self esteem

by Hali

Note from Anne Moss: You all know I have posts out there for the express purpose of showing up on Google. That means I write them so when people go to search and type in certain phrases, posts from here show up near the top on page one and thanks to your sharing, they do. This one from Hali on this post who gave me permission to post this.

You’re a very kind person, Anne. It’s very sweet of you to take the time to try and keep people from making the mistake and ending their lives. But … Read more...

My anxiety and panic disorder

by Chris Skinner

I have lived with anxiety disorder and panic disorder at various times in my life.  When I get scared, this stimulates my fight or flight response giving my body a temporary adrenaline rush to either defend myself or run away.  

Anxiety can cause tension, feelings of extreme worry, and physical sensations such an increase in blood pressure. Anxiety disorders are characterized by recurring intrusive thoughts/concerns. Some people avoid situations, which cause physical changes like sweating, trembling, feeling dizzy, or an increased heart rate.

Panic disorder feels like I’m having a heart attack

It comes with vertigo, and a … Read more...

People are finding guest posts through Google

What you see on this page are screen shots of my statistics that show people’s searches from google and on which guest post they landed. If you are using a mobile phone you might have to turn your phone landscape to see them.

These stats illustrate how important your stories are and that they help others when they are hurting or looking for answers. The one above is someone searching for God after a child died. Where was God when my child died?

Someone came from Google and landed on Jill Cichowicz’ story about her twin brother, Scott Neal Zeobrowski, Read more...

How Can Hypnotherapy Help with Depression?

by Adina Silvestri, EdD LPC

Adina Sylvestri

Depression, as you know is a serious mental illness. According to the  National Survey on Drug Use & Health (NSDUH) depression affects 17.3 million people.

Now you may be wondering, what does hypnotherapy have to do with depression? And can something as simple as hypnotherapy really offer relief for depression? To answer these questions, let’s dive a little deeper into the subconscious mind.

Depression & The Subconscious: Mind The Simplified Version

Many of our beliefs, emotions, and memories are held in the subconscious mind. And everything we experience gets filtered through this … Read more...

May 2019 Mental Health Month

May is mental health month. So let’s share some education! The posts listed below are some suggestions but choose any one of your favorites and let’s make some noise.

My niece, meanwhile, started a mental health club and is working with Active Minds to have speakers come in this week and planned her own panel of speakers from the school last month. All of this, while she applied for colleges and took AP classes. She told me the group and the camaraderie created there has been so important to her this year. I am so proud of her. We are … Read more...

Thank you Midlothian Lifestyle Magazine

The May 2019 issue of the Midlothian Lifestyle Magazine features a number of outstanding women of Midlothian and I’m honored to have been named as one of them.

In this photo on the left, you’ll see the lovely Amanda Moore, of Richmond Mom Prom, an event which raises significant funds for youth programs in the Richmond, Virginia area. Once the electronic version is posted, I will share it with you so you can read about all the outstanding women and what they are doing to improve our community.

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Have you broken up with mental health stigma?

There are a number of things people say that indicate they hold onto mental health prejudices, many of which they are unaware of.

About four years ago, a friend of mine was talking about multiple psych hospitalizations. Then he realized he had not said it was about his daughter and quickly interjected, “I’m not talking about me, of course, it was my daughter who was in and out of the hospital.”

I responded, “And if it was you, we’d be OK with that because it would mean you had taken care of your mental health.” He froze for a second, … Read more...