SpeakUp heart – #griefheart number 143

SpeakUp heart
SpeakUp heart

The SpeakUp5k is an event intended to inspire conversation about mental illness. I went alone and right before it started, a young lady named Bethany came up and introduced herself and we ran together. She knew Charles and she was also friends Cal Riley who died by suicide almost 2 years to the read more

Don’t talk me out of my tears


I am a grieving mother. Even though it’s been over a year, I have moments of sadness when I want, need, to cry. Not a wail fest followed by a flood of tears. Just a tearful moment.

I don’t always need to be distracted, or talked out of my tears. I need to release them, have you understand read more

Hole in my heart – #griefheart number 142

Hole in my heart
Hole in my heart

This “hole in my heart” from Ellen who lost her son from an overdose and as a result she and her husband have become advocates and facilitate peer support and outreach to those who have lost a loved one to an overdose.

This is not just suicide awareness month but recovery month as read more

Empty heart – #griefheart number 141

Empty heart
Empty heart

Somedays you feel like an empty shell–the grief so heavy your heart hurts. I miss my boy every day. And some days it’s so much harder. Today was one of those days.

I loved how Charles would ask me to lunch, give me hugs and come seek me out to talk to me. He’d remind Richard to get read more

A story of hope: I never thought I would be alive to see graduation

by Carly Stansfield

Carly Stansfield 18 years old
Carly Stansfield 18 years old

If I had to describe myself in one word, it would be fighter. Throughout my whole journey I have had to fight day in and day out to find happiness. I have had to fight for the one thing I have always wanted the most, full recovery.

For those who don’t know me, here is my story

I’ve always had insecurities and struggles–the read more

Comforting heart – #griefheart number 140


This one came from Trinidad and Tobago from my friend Virginia. Kitty cats are soft and cuddly. And comforting. Charles found comfort in animals. His preference might have been dogs but he loved all animals as long as they had fur. They loved him.

He’d walk in as a stranger and if that household read more

Facebook LIVE: Coming back to life after a suicide attempt

This live event is recorded and you can find it here

Join me with guest Summer DeCoste as she tells her story about coming back to life after a suicide attempt. What’s recovery like? Medication? How has stigma affected recovery? Submit questions! This is Summer’s first time speaking out on this subject.

Sunday, September 11, 2016
6:30-7pm on my Facebook page

A recording will be posted on the read more

Suicide awareness heart – #griefheart number 139

Suicide awareness heart
Suicide awareness heart

September is suicide awareness month. Tomorrow, 117 people will die by suicide. Moms, dads, brothers or sisters will walk into a room and realize their worst nightmare. Survivors of suicide loss will grieve and wonder why.

Many of these deaths are preventable. If only read more

My owner died by suicide. Will you walk with us in his honor?

Andy Rogers
Andy Rogers

Hi, my name is Andy Rogers and I am going to walk with my family in the AFSP Out of the Darkness walk in Richmond, VA for suicide awareness and prevention. I would love for you to be on Team Charles with me or donate to Andy Rogers’ page if you cannot be there to walk.

Charles used to throw read more