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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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.
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.
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.