May 2019 Mental Health Month

May is mental health month. So let’s share some education! The posts listed below are some suggestions but choose any one of your favorites and let’s make some noise.

My niece, meanwhile, started a mental health club and is working with Active Minds to have speakers come in this week and planned her own panel of speakers from the school last month. All of this, while she applied for colleges and took AP classes. She told me the group and the camaraderie created there has been so important to her this year. I am so proud of her. We are … Read more...

’13 Reasons Why’ associated with increase in suicide rates

Authors of the study with the exception of me who is second from the left. All the rest are real researchers with the degrees to go with that. Jeff Bridge PhD, John Campo MD, Lisa Horowitz PhD

The Netflix show “13 Reasons Why” was associated with a 28.9% increase in suicide rates among U.S. youth ages 10-17 in the month (April 2017) following the shows release, after accounting for ongoing trends in suicide rates, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

The study estimated that 195 more suicides occurred … Read more...

Presentation team at pediatric conference

L to R: Mary Tipton, Fellow, NIH;, Anne Moss Rogers, Emotionally
Naked LLC; John Campo, MD, WVU Rockefeller Neuroscience
Institute; Jeff Bridge PhD, Center for Suicide Prevention & Research, Nationwide Children’s Hospital & the Ohio State University; Lisa Horowitz, PhD, MPH, Staff Scientist at the NIMH

I was so honored to be a presenter among this distinguished panel of youth suicide prevention researchers and doctors at PAS 2019 (Pediatric Academic Societies). I wasn’t so sure how my presentation would be received in such a strict academic environment. But judging from standing ovation after my talk which shocked me, I’d say … Read more...

What podcasts do you like?

So I’m trying to figure out my podcast strategy for promoting the book and my cause of suicide prevention and the issues surrounding that cause of death, mental illness, addiction etc. And grief.

But I want to go on shows that my market, you all, like to listen to.

So tell me your favorite podcasts because I want to grow our tribe here on Emotionally Naked.

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YWCA 2019 Pat Asch Fellowship Winner is…

Someone has faith in my cause. They didn’t reject it because it was a taboo subject or turn away because I lost a son to addiction and suicide. I’m so honored to win this fellowship towards coaching, classes, conferences and more to help push forward my cause of social justice–youth suicide prevention.

I look forward to connecting with past winners and forging new relationships. Say goodbye to mental health stigma.

Not only will I be working on building my professional speaking business including a special focus on area colleges, I will continue to implement Preventure, a life skills training for … Read more...

Happy Birthday Charles

Charles Aubrey Rogers

Today my boy would be 24 years old. What would he look like? How would he have changed or not changed?

He’ll never get wrinkles, have arthritis, worry about getting a cancer diagnosis. He’ll never graduate from college, get married or have my grandchildren.

Instead, he is forever frozen at the age of 20 in pictures and memories. Forever young. Forever tragic due to his addiction to heroin and death by suicide. Charles was supposed to be famous by now. He was supposed to be making me laugh.

I crack morbid jokes sometimes which make me laugh … Read more...

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome–the suicide disease

by Chris Skinner

I was a popular student until the fourth grade when my dad became disabled and was in and out of the hospital up to 180 days out of the year.  I cried constantly, became withdrawn, my grades dropped some, and I lost most all of my friends that weren’t cousins.

Did I talk about it?

No, men are strong and are not supposed to show emotions in public.

Through the court system, my brother asked to be removed from our household. After it took place, he became more involved with drugs, a story for another day.

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Is your mailman a drug dealer?

Typically your mail carrier is not a drug dealer by choice.

Comic genius, Mitch Hedberg had a joke in his set about how his UPS guy was unknowingly a drug dealer. Mitch died from a drug-related death the night I went to go see his show in Richmond, VA at the Funny Bone. They had a substitute on stage that night who had been inserted last minute and it wasn’t until the next day we found out Hedberg had died that day. It was the first time I had heard that you could order illegal drugs from the internet.

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Thank you Midlothian Lifestyle Magazine

The May 2019 issue of the Midlothian Lifestyle Magazine features a number of outstanding women of Midlothian and I’m honored to have been named as one of them.

In this photo on the left, you’ll see the lovely Amanda Moore, of Richmond Mom Prom, an event which raises significant funds for youth programs in the Richmond, Virginia area. Once the electronic version is posted, I will share it with you so you can read about all the outstanding women and what they are doing to improve our community.

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Withdrawal triggers thoughts of suicide

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I’m writing this because I didn’t know it and remember telling someone in recovery who said, “We talk about that in our groups all the time. I thought this was common knowledge.”

I didn’t know it. And while I’m not trying to panic parents who have a child in active addiction going into recovery, it wasn’t on my radar and here’s why it should be on yours.

We get sucked into phrases like “rock bottom” and “tough love” but no one ever defines them. They are all left up to our own interpretation. Tough love for one family might mean … Read more...