Depression turns your brain against you

by Paige Long 

Paige Long

This time last year was one of the darkest parts of my life.

At the time, I was in Newport News, having landed an on-campus internship for the summer. I was learning a lot and I caught on quickly. One month earlier, I had finished my favorite college class, Mental Health Stigma and Advocacy, read more

After loss, your capacity for love grows

I would have never thought this was possible. Especially in the early days. when my heart hurt so much I thought I would implode. But when people came by the house, helped me plan the service, helped me pack and move when I could barely put one foot in front of the other, I felt it then. That read more

Something odd in the contents of Charles’ backpack

Before we got the brown bag with the clothing Charles was wearing when he killed himself, we got the backpack you see above. I think we got it about 5 or 6 days after he died. I remember my family was still there.

Inside, there was a list of the contents. I didn’t laugh then but I laughed read more

Send your selfies!

Model your Emotionally Naked T-shirt so I can add it to my gallery. I want to make some quick videos with the tribe! Like the one below.

Seventeen seconds.

I didn’t get all of you in this round. But I will be making more of these! I’ve been playing with this new toy, Adobe Spark.

Charles read more

Have you shut off your feeling faucet?

Plutchik’s Wheel of Emotions

Being emotionally vacant is a defense mechanism. A child who lives in a family where both parents suffer from addiction, for example, can seem emotionally vacant which is also referred to as detachment.

I’ve met adults who are like this, too. They seem to have no feelings or they seem to skate read more

Nar-anon saved my sanity

by Jenny Derr

In June of 2014 I wrote an email to a blogger friend, who had a pretty wide network. We had just taken Billy to another treatment facility and I was feeling pretty alone and sad.

Here is an excerpt of the letter I sent:

“I have really been thinking of your Widen the Circle post, read more

Richmond Family Magazine: Talk to your kids about suicide

My latest article in Richmond Family Magazine.  Includes recommendations on Season Two of 13 Reasons Why. Please Share!

Richmond Family Magazine

Talking about suicide saves lives. Comprehensive studies by the Centers for Disease Control and the National Institutes of Health have been conducted addressing that point read more

Limitless genius

YouTube video of the above song

I am writing this book and trying to decide which of Charles’ songs to include. That means some have to be left out. Which is really the hard part.

I’ve decided which ones. I think. And almost done with draft three but it’s been hard. So much emotion read more