First live event since February was very special.

The Speak Up Reach Out (SURO) event in Edward, Colorado was the first live event I’ve done since February. COVID-19 shut down most live events. However, they did this one outside within guidelines as people sat on lawn chairs spaced apart. Although it doesn’t appear to be so, attendance was great with some 80 people attending this outdoor walk event.

Earlier that week, air quality was unbreathable due to fires. Then it snowed and was stormy. But Saturday, September 12, 2020 in Edward, Colorado? It was gorgeous.

The SURO organization is really amazing and I love how they work together … Read more...

Novel at Home: Authors Margaret Thomson & Anne Moss Rogers

A book chat with me, author of, Diary of a Broken Mind, who lost my son, Charles, to suicide, and Margaret Thomson author of The World Looks Different Now and lost her son, Kieran, to suicide. Margaret’s son was active military.

Thank you to Novel Bookstore in Memphis, Tennessee, for hosting the event for suicide prevention month.

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7 steps to divorcing guilt

When I refer to guilt, I’m talking about instances where you think it’s all your fault.

In my case, I struggled with guilt and regret after my son’s suicide. All the regrets and coulda woulda shouldas played in my head on repeat for months and even years. Maybe you have guilt from substance use disorder or a suicide attempt.

You can’t hold yourself hostage for past mistakes you probably had little control over or ones influenced by trauma, crisis, or mental illness forever. Carrying that weight won’t benefit you, your loved ones. At some point to move forward and live … Read more...

Free eBook: The Emotionally Naked Bereavement Provider

Don’t know exactly what to say to someone who is struggling with a loss by suicide? What does it feel like to the bereaved? How can you help?

Whether you are a bereavement counselor, a bereavement group facilitator, an LCSW, or a friend, this guide offers you answers to common questions and ways to help those struggling with this brand of loss.

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Emotionally Naked with Kari Schwear: Gray Area Drinking

If you or someone you know is drinking a lot and you wonder if it’s too much. It doesn’t appear they are physically addicted but could they be emotionally addicted? Not sure? You can always take the 7-day D.E.C.I.D.E.

Here are the gray area drinking points she covers:

1. What is gray area drinking?
2. What are the stressors that drive the behavior?
3. What are the limiting beliefs?
4. Questioning the Drink
5. Thoughts and Emotions
6. How to think Through the Drink
7. What happens when you want to address your own gray area drinking but your … Read more...

News and support my team?

NAMI walks. Register your team!

Support the Emotionally Naked Team or Join the Emotionally Naked Team (link below). You can walk wherever you are with family and friends and if you are in Richmond, you can join us in a location I have not yet decided.

Join the team or donate to my NAMI team.

NAMI Virginia Board members:

Lynda J. Hyatt, Ph.D.
President

Sandy Mottesheard
2nd Vice President

Randy Sherrod
Treasurer

Kim Curtis
At-Large Member

Steven Dixon
At-Large Member

Directors

Julia Torres Barden
Sonnya Brown
Damien Cabezas
Donald Edwards
Kristy Edwards
Tanya Francis
Cristy Gallagher
Leslie Harrop
Rob … Read more...

September is Suicide Prevention month

While other diseases have flattened in terms of mortality, conditions like heart disease and stroke, suicide rates are climbing. Recent CDC statistics reveal that 25.5% of respondents 18-24 years old reported having seriously considered suicide during the COVID pandemic. In late June, 40% of USA adults reported struggling with mental health or substance misuse.

Your stories are important so keep talking. Keep telling them. Support mental health candidates this fall, give to behavioral health organizations. Thank you for being part of this tribe.

Study from CDC

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Reimagine: Live, Love & Loss Virtual Event with Gail Rubin

This was a moving interview and discussion with Gail Rubin and a group of men and women including parents who have lost a child to suicide. We had a frank discussion and I so enjoyed being with many of you all virtually at least.

Transcript:

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Gail Rubin: Hey, welcome everyone to today’s reimagine

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Gail Rubin: Life love and loss event. I hope you are muted and will stay muted at the moment until we open this up for Q & A

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Gail Rubin: We are recording this session, … Read more...

Facebook Live 11 am EDT, Mon, Aug 31, 2020

Add to Calendar 08/31/2020 11:00 AM 08/31/2020 11:30 AM America/New_York Facebook Live with Charles Gates Interviewing Anne Moss Rogers About Suicide Prevention Charles Gates Local Legislature LLC Go to- https://www.facebook.com/LocalLegislatureLLC/ 90

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...