Exude a new attitude

I knew a young man
Who taught dogs to dance
and could hypnotize frogs
to go into a trance

Some days he would feel
So blue and so sad
Then the very next day
Stay up all night to play

He was a creative soul
Who was misunderstood
He suffered bipolar
Which is a brain disorder

People called him weak
The hurt was deep
One sorry sorry night
He tried to take his life

People called it selfish
They even got mad
They just didn’t get
He was very, very sad

Then one day a boy said,
“I’ll be your … Read more...

Book offers

Laying out the offers for those on my subscriber list. My book will be out in October 2019 and you could win! Some of these offers are repeats but I finally firmed them up for my deserving tribe.

  1. A free, signed advance copy of my book before it’s released to the public for sale (one will be given away)
  2. free, signed copy of the book once it comes out (one will be given away)
  3. Book Club by Zoom. If you have a book club, I will visit by zoom (for those out of town.) For a local book
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An 11-year-old writes a letter after her father’s suicide

To Suicide

You have torn my family apart
Leaving all with broken hearts
Our hearts still missing pieces and parts.
Tears flows as days go by

I still don’t understand why
I really try not to be sad
I am still feeling bad inside.

This poem was written by an 11-year-old girl who lost her father to suicide. Sara Gaer, a suicide prevention advocate who focuses on first responders and preventing men’s suicide, shared this with me and it’s posted with permission from the 11-year-old’s mother.

Please stop, listen to that gut feeling that something doesn’t sound right. Then ask … Read more...

Integration of Youth Suicide Screening into Pediatric Practice

Turning Research into Real World Practice: Detecting and Managing Suicide Risk in Medical and School Settings

Media Contact:  Anne Moss Rogers FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  

Baltimore, MD, Month, date- In 2017, 6,769 youth ages 10-24 died by suicide, positioning suicide as the second leading cause of death among this age group for the eighth consecutive year. Previous research has identified that many youths who die by suicide visited a healthcare setting just weeks preceding their death, but were not detected. In response to the rising suicide rates, The Joint Commission (TJC) has recommended that all medical patients be screened for … Read more...

I inspire people to break up with mental health stigma

That starts with education through storytelling. With suicide being the number two cause of death on college campuses, I’m going to start there.

So in the fall, I will be targeting colleges, mostly Virginia and North Carolina to start. However, if any of you have a college connection outside of that area, I’m open to it. If any of you have connections locally, please send it. Here is my contact form. That doesn’t mean I am not going to do conferences or other offers that come my way. It just means I’m

Most colleges have a student activities fund … Read more...

What did I say to myself to keep going?

After my son died by suicide, I kept telling myself I would survive.

I took deep breaths and repeated it to myself several times a day at first. I had no idea how, or when, or what that journey looked like. I honestly didn’t even know if it was true but invested in blind faith that I would. Others had. Why couldn’t I?

That simple phrase was the single most important thing I told myself.

It was a way to offer myself hope at a time when my future looked like it was paved with broken glass and razor wire. … Read more...

My son is ‘not the type’ to kill himself

I wish I could tell you that those who suffer those thoughts always wear green shirts and orange and white striped socks, that they have a particular color hair or a certain shaped nose.

But they don’t.

Given that suicide has increased by 25% for the general population and 70% for youth, we have to know those signs–just in case. Because anyone our circle of friends could be at risk.

If you had told me Charles suffered from thoughts of suicide, I’m not sure I would have believed he “was the type.” I would have thought, “No, he loves us … Read more...

Social media and suicide

by Jody Betty

We are consumed with technology. It surrounds us at every corner. We not only cannot tear ourselves away from our cell phones, but simply being away from them causes us stress. After all, most of our lives are stored on that tiny device, from our banking information to the ability to lock your car or front door.

We avoid talking on the phone like it is the plague, I mean after all, why speak when you can communicate via text, so much easier right?

Social media is much the same, once we jump in, it tends to … Read more...

Living in Fear of the next Crisis

by Allison Whitley

She wakes up before 9:00 am and comes out of her room. She eats breakfast. She takes her medication on her own. She engages in conversation. Most importantly, she smiles and laughs. Today is a good day. So why am I fearful this won’t last?

My daughter suffers from mental illness. She is diagnosed with major depressive disorder, anxiety, and PTSD. She also has a secondary diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder. She returned home from her first semester in college and everything fell apart; the illness took over.

After she shared wanting to kill herself, she spent … Read more...