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Resilience, Crisis & Safety Planning Activity for Students

This is not to take the place of a suicide assessment, or professionally-developed suicide safety plan

Get the Resilience & Safety Planning Activity Download

We are calling this activity, Resilience, and Safety Planning for Students. Access to the pdf and editable PowerPoint are below. In short, this is a simple activity you do as part of a lesson that students can take with them when they meet an emotional crisis such as parental divorce, a romantic breakup, or the loss of a loved one.

It’s probably most suitable 7th grade and up.

How this works, why it works

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Young Adults, I have been in your shoes

By Tammy Ozolins, Middle School Teacher

It is such a cliché I know; your world feels like it is crashing down, you have no energy. You even feel like your world is getting darker and darker and all you want is to see a little glimmer of hope. Your days are long, and you are tired of it all. The walls are closing in on you and you cannot breathe.

Does this sound familiar at all?

That is exactly how I felt when I was at my lowest point of depression (I manage and cope with Bipolar Disorder-which was not … Read more...

Taking Back My Life, Bipolar Won’t Win!

by Ashlee Fleming

Ashlee Fleming- I have a daily routine that I stick to even when I’m down, I make sure I show up.”

I remember ever so vividly in middle school, I didn’t feel like myself anymore. 

Something was wrong and I had no clue what it was. I was extremely sad for no reason whatsoever, and it wasn’t the sadness that I was used to. I was having crying spells, I couldn’t understand what was happening to me. I had no one to turn to because no one understood and couldn’t possibly know what I was going … Read more...

Mental Illness Happy Hour: Losing A Child – Anne Moss Rogers

Mental Illness Happy Hour | Listen Notes

MentalPod Website with this episode and show notes.

Paul Gilmartin’s Episode #565 of the Mental Illness Happy Hour. Talking about perfection, finding a support network, and an interview with Anne Moss Rogers

If you want to support Paul with a Patreon donation, go here. As little as $1-$5 a month helps! Paypal and other ways to donate are on the show notes page.

This is from a photo in 2019
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What does Mania look like for me?

by Tammy Ozolins

In case you were not aware of what Bipolar was, the medical terminology is called manic depressive disorder. This means the person can experience mania (extreme highs) and depression (extreme lows). Now, everyone varies on the extreme, and keep in mind some may also only have manias or depressive episodes.

What do I experience? I experience mixed episodes

So, for me what happens is sometimes I will experience mania symptoms then later that same day I will experience symptoms of depression. Other times it will be one or the other.

I have mentioned before after accepting the … Read more...

Anne Moss Rogers on Al Levin’s Depression Files Podcast

Al Interviews Anne Moss Rogers | Certified Suicide Prevention Trainer, Public Speaker, Award-Winning Author & Mother of a Son (Charles) Who Died by Suicide

Show Notes

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Your friends just don’t understand

As a result, you feel dismissed, ignored, unsupported. How could they do this to you when you need them the most?

Let’s say your child is struggling with substance use disorder and every time you bring up the subject it dies like embers in a fire in a thunderstorm. It could be after you’ve lost someone to suicide or lost a child to any cause of death, everyone seems to disappear. It could be you are simply having a very difficult time and no one has noticed or reached out despite your current state of mind which is very uncharacteristic … Read more...

You Learn, You Turn Podcast

Real talk about suicide prevention in young adults

You Turn is the world’s largest library of therapist-led, evidence-backed mental health and substance misuse educational and training content available, designed to meet people where they are, delivered in simple, short videos in an easy-to-use, quick-to-consume format.

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I’m the mother of a transgender child

by Patti Hornstra

Other than that, my life is now and has always been, wonderful yet largely unremarkable. My story, my journey, started four years ago. My ‘normal’ life was suddenly a whirlwind of tension, research, confusion, and therapy; none of which proved productive for me.

About two years ago I realized that I had things bottled up inside that needed to be said. So, I started to write down my thoughts, my memories, my feelings. And then, one day—voila!—I had written a book.

My book, When He Was Anna: A Mom’s Journey Into the Transgender World, is a … Read more...

Virtual Coping Strategies Awareness Workshop

Students in Mississauga, Canada. Student Coping Strategies Workshop.

Above are the student leaders with whom I practiced prior taking this workshop online with this group of high school students in Mississauga, Canada. They helped me work through the kinks and test the tools.

25 participants in this one. My largest was in-person group of 100.

All presentations start with the prevention lifeline, crisis text line, and a trigger warning that you can leave or take a break. One student is tasked with getting together the resources for that school and the immediate area. So one of the leaders of the … Read more...

Tammy’s coping skills for bipolar disorder

This is one of the last videos in our series from Tammy for mental health month. This one focuses on how she copes with bipolar disorder.

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Tammy on accepting her bipolar diagnosis

For mental health awareness month, Tammy discusses how she accepted her diagnosis of bipolar. Or rather, how she denied it at first and what it took for her to accept it and the self care it takes to maintain her good health.

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Tammy: Fighting the Stigma of Mental Health- Video 1

by Tammy Ozolins, for Mental Health Awareness Month

Tammy will be doing at least three (maybe four) more videos for mental health awareness month.

Transcript- “Hello my name is Tammy and may is mental health awareness month and I’m here to share my story and I’m also here to help fight the stigma against mental health because we should be very open about it and we need to talk about it especially nowadays we need … Read more...

Talking About Suicide With Our Patients: Get Comfortable Being Uncomfortable

Lia Gaggino MD and I met when I was the keynote speaker at the AAP, AFSP, NIMH Youth Summit on Suicide Prevention. Dr. Gaggino is a pediatrician who is passionate about youth mental health and this episode of her podcast focuses on preventing youth suicide in honor of mental health month. Take us on your walk today.

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I am in charge of my recovery from bipolar disorder

by Tammy Ozolins

Tammy is a middle school teacher who contributes regularly to this blog on subjects related to mental health

Being diagnosed with a mental condition called Bipolar Disorder (I do not call it an illness anymore, because my brain is not sick, it is just different) has been challenging at times but it has made me such a stronger person in so many ways.

When I was first getting medical treatment I would go into the psychiatrist’s office and just nod my head, yes, and say Uhm, and not say much, even if I felt like the medicine … Read more...