Are you ready to be emotionally naked in public?

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 read more

Viewing parties TEDxGraceStreetWomen Dec 8, 2018

Didn’t get a ticket to TEDxGraceStreetWomen? Here are several viewing parties around Richmond, Virginia.

TEDx Viewing Parties

On December 8, 2018, you can see the event live streaming at TEDxGraceStreetWomen.com.

How to host a viewing party!

TEDxGraceStreetWomen sold out very quickly!  We have had several inquiries about our Viewing Parties. read more

Why did I ignore the one thing that was working for me?

When Charles admitted he had an addiction to an opiate, my attendance at support group had lapsed.

Because the house was going on the market in the spring, every minute was needed to get the house in shape to sell.  Chaos had moved back into our lives and my instincts were telling me we’d read more

Supporting a Loved One’s Recovery During the Holidays

by Tom Bannard, CADC, MBA

As Thanksgiving approaches, we in the recovery community have so much to be grateful for, but this season can also be challenging for many in recovery and their families. Twelve years ago, my family choose to cancel their holiday celebrations to visit me in a rehab facility. read more

News publicity for the cause of suicide and mental illness

Speaker in suicide prevention

Nice publicity for the cause. This is regarding a presentation for Mental Health America in Staunton, Virginia.

And my TEDx is not until December 8 but they saw I had been selected as one of the speakers.  Read the news story here

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Setting expectations for the holidays after the death of a child

The first Christmas after Charles died by suicide, I expected it to be hard. All those firsts are hard–first birthday, mother’s day, father’s day etc. Hell, Arbor Day was hard.

For the second Christmas after Charles’ suicide, I was sure the holidays would be better. After all, read more

Numbness is nature’s prescription for pain

When I got the news my son, Charles, had been found dead of suicide, my first instinct was to find the escape route. I wanted to get the f–k away from that agony and slide into another life that was shiny and happy.

The news the police officer was sharing kept bumping up against a roadblock read more

Suicide Loss Survivor Day

American Foundation of Suicide Prevention (AFSP) has Suicide Loss Survivor Days all over the United States. It’s is a day of support and healing. (See video below with Shirley Ramsey and Kevin Skellett)

There are some in other areas outside the US, too: Canada, Australia, Guatemala plus read more