Educating a child with mental health issues is a challenge

Those of you who have a child with special needs, mental health issues, learning or physical disabilities know how hard it is for that child to earn a high school degree. There are countless road blocks, problems, run ins with teachers over homework etc. Providing Charles with the support to finish read more

What to say to someone who has lost a child

I know so many don’t know what to say to those who’ve suffered a loss, particularly that of a child and in the case of suicide.

Unfortunately, I can check both those boxes.

Suggestions on what to say

I made a pact to welcome any and all comments and never pass judgement on what someone has asked or said because it read more

Please do not avoid the subject of my son who died

Probably one of the toughest things about having a child that died, especially one that died by suicide, is that many people avoid you and say nothing. And yes, we notice. In fact, we are hyper sensitive to it.

It’s isolating and devastating enough without the added stress of someone obviously read more

Signs of depression in teens. Not the same as adults

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Signs of depression are different for teens than they are for adults. Some teens can look so happy and well adjusted. Charles always did in front of us. But he was also moody, sullen sometimes but actually hypersocial– always needed to be surrounded by people.

And he always got sick. He caught absolutely everything.

I never knew it until recently read more

Do you really know the signs of heroin use?

Updated August 15, 2016

I didn’t. There is something called the “nod” where someone using heroin will nod off.

Sometimes an addict will sleep 24 hours straight due to heroin being laced with Xanax. In many areas now, they lace heroin with ( read more