Deanna from the Realize Foundation and our interview focused on suicide prevention and also grief.… Read more...
Password protected page for those who have purchased the book, Emotionally Naked: A Teacher’s Guide to Preventing Suicide and Recognizing Students at Risk by Anne Moss Rogers and Kim O’Brien.
To download the pdf versions of the last two chapters (11 & 12) with clickable links to the resources mentioned in the book and printable pages of the worksheets, scripts, activities, surveys, and quizzes.
- Enter the password you see on page XXI of the book.
- Once you enter the password below, you will see a short form where you enter your first name and email address.
- Then the link
Pre-Order Offer For a Limited Time:
Once it goes on sale on August 24, 2021, these offers will only be for bulk orders! We know that transitions are triggers for suicidal behavior for adolescents and young adults, so why not use these tips for parents and teachers to help ease the transition? The mindfulness activities offer ideas on how to create connection in the classroom for a foundation of student wellness
- 25 Mindfulness & Discovery Activities for Classrooms
- Tips for a Better Back to School Transition: For parents and educators
NAMI stands for National Alliance of Mental Illness and I’m on the board for the Virginia chapter. We have our annual fundraising walk on Saturday, October 9, 2021, and my NAMI Virginia Team Charles is set up. It’s in memory of my son Charles who lived with depression and addiction.
You can be anywhere in the world and “walk” with us. So join the team, or donate! If you are local, we’ll probably walk together somewhere, most likely Bryant Park.… Read more...
by Lynda Harrison Hatcher
At 2:37pm on a Friday in February, an unknown number lit my mobile screen. “Are you kidding? I’m not answering that,” I said melodically, as I weeded through a storage bin stuffed with an assortment of photos, many of them stuck together from years of moisture. Most would be hurled into the dumpster I’d reserved for the next three days. Early spring cleaning.
Seconds later, a text from the same area code – “That’s weird,” I said, then scanned the words: “Lynda, it’s Lissie. Sam’s friend. Could you please … Read more...
Many of these tips are specific to suicide, however, most of them will work for any grief event.
Many schools will react to a death or suicide loss by bringing in outside counselors. And while that’s with the best intentions, the truth is, students are going to want to talk to you, the person they know, and not a stranger. Being together and connecting is an important part of the grieving process and school is one place, if not the only place, where this can happen consistently over a period of time.
The goal is not to make teachers grief … Read more...
My friend and fellow Virginian, Dustin Bogan PA-C of Pediatric and Adolescent Health Partners talks about suicide screening before and during COVID, the rise in results, and the lives saved. He has some amazing stories and it’s worth your time to listen.
This one also focuses on how his practice, the first in the country, uses the ASQ Suicide Screening Tool from NIMH, the results they’ve gotten.
Hear this episode on:
- During COVID-19 pandemic, there were 2-3 consults per day for depression and anxiety even with the limited patient visits and from there, at least
This video was originally shared with me by Tara’s mother, Catherine McMahon Miles who lost her daughter Tara Marie McMahon (12/18/98-2/21/21) to depression that was complicated by an Adderall addiction which led to her suicide. Tara had been off Adderall for a year but had self-medicated her depression with it previously and she had called Adderall her “death certificate.”
In Tara’s journals, she asked her family to share her story to help others and the video was created by her best friend in college, Amanda, and originally posted on Facebook to warn others who might be thinking that Adderall … Read more...
I’ve been meaning to mail you for a little while now. Last year, you really helped me when I hit a deep low with a very traumatic situation I was dealing with in my life. I was thinking about suicide because the mental and emotional pain I was in was so intense, and felt permanent like it was never going to ease or end.
I’ve learned a lot since then. Researched a lot about how I came to feel that way in the first place, and things I needed to do to recover. And slowly, very … Read more...
by Chano Itwaru
My tall and handsome 33-year-old son Kevin was smart, friendly, and charming. He was a biomedical engineer with a charismatic, dazzling smile, gentle personality. As a talented musician and artist he played the sitar, guitar, trumpet, piano, flute, Japanese Shakuhachi (flute), accordion, harmonium, Djembe (African drums), he produced many paintings. But Kevin had a secret. When he was 21 years old, he was diagnosed with clinical depression.
My son suffered in silence rather than face what he feared–the judgment and rejection of friends and family. He slowly isolated himself from lifelong friends. It was heartbreaking to watch … Read more...