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Virtual Facebook Live Interview with Charles Gates of Local Legislature LLC

I am going to focus on suicide prevention in Virginia with Charles Gates Live Facebook Show on Monday, August 31 at 11 am EDT.  With recent CDC reports showing that 25% of US youth have “seriously considered suicide” during the pandemic, it is important to recognize the signs and know what we can do in our state to … Read more...

How a teen described his suicidal episode

After a stay in a psych hospital following suicidal thoughts with a plan, a 16-year-old high school student described his suicidal intensity as two peaks happening in a twenty-minute period.

He said as the emotional pain got worse (peaked), the more he wanted to end it.

Then it eased off and that was a period where he had more fear and wasn’t so sure he wanted to die (ambivalence about death). Then he said there was one more peak, more intense than the last, when he really felt worthless, that the world would be better off without him. After that, … Read more...

Let’s talk about death, grief, and suicide

It’s never the “right time.” So we need to talk about it all the time.

There are a lot of events happening soon. So I’m going to post the ones coming up fast. The calendar links will add it to your calendar together with a registration link so you won’t forget to sign up. Join me for one or all of these. And please share.

VIRTUAL: Reimagine- Life, Loss, & Love: The Emotionally Naked Truth about Suicide

DATE/TIME
Date(s) – Fri, 08/28/2020
2:00 pm-3:00 pm EDT

Add to Calendar 08/28/2020 02:00 PM 08/28/2020 03:00 PM America/New_York Reimagine: Life, Loss, &
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Does the guilt stalk you?

Having a child struggle with substance misuse made me feel like a failure. Hadn’t we talked about drug use? Hadn’t I been open about losing his cousin Reese to the substance use disorder?

People didn’t want me to talk about him. I think they thought steering the conversation to another subject would help me “forget” it. I felt like a dismal failure then, too.

Other people’s kids were doing normal kid things. My oldest was, too.

They were winning awards, doing well in sports, getting good grades. What were they doing that I was not? Comparison really is the thief … Read more...

Support a dad who is struggling

Hi Anne
I am the Graham who posted on your site on July 23. Thank you for taking the time and thought to respond to me, a complete stranger.

Since then, I have entered into a CBT program. I’m not sure if it is helping yet or will help, but it’s something. I have had some days where I feel almost normal. Not 100% normal, because something is always lurking in my thoughts, waiting to pounce, but nearly normal, and with great clarity of thought. On those days, any idea of suicide is completely alien to me. I don’t … Read more...

Pandemic is increasing suicidal thoughts in young people

A quarter of young adults ages 18-24 have seriously contemplated suicide during the pandemic according to new statistics from the CDC. The physical distancing and isolation, have seriously affected our mental health. And that stat is not the only sobering statistic.

We need to get back to as normal a life as possible. And science has proven that mask-wearing diminishes the viral load. That means that if you get it, you get less of the virus resulting in a weaker disease that is less life-threatening. That saves lives and allows us to to connect more. They are hot and uncomfortable. … Read more...

Reading from Diary of a Broken Mind on Richmond Mag’s IG Channel

This is a 10-minute reading of my book. Feel free to comment, share this or heart it on Instagram.

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Gratitude letter

Dear Charles,

I’m grateful you were part of my life. If I had known from the beginning about your suicide at ages 20, would I have chosen to have you as my child?

I’d like to think so. Knowing me, I would have thought I could have changed the course of destiny. Nevertheless, your life, as short as it was, transformed mine. And your death transformed it again. Everything is now categorized as before or after your death.

You helped me see outside of myself. You made me laugh and see the world through a whole different perspective. No one … Read more...

Suicide, Trauma, Foster Care, Adoption

by Carla A. Carlisle

Carla A. Carlisle

On March 22, 2010, my life was forever changed when I became a first-time foster parent to a beautiful premature 10-day-old, two-month baby boy.  I knew that becoming a foster parent would mean major lifestyle changes, I didn’t know that my connection to this child would change the essence of my being.  I was told that 99% of children taken at birth don’t go back to their birth parents, but this one fell in the 1%.  At six-months-old, this dear sweet baby boy was returned to his birth mother. In the six months, I had interacted … Read more...