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    7 Tell Tale Signs Your Teen is at Risk for Suicide

    My phone rings again. Another mother with a child in crisis. This time a head on collision with a tree. Thankfully the young man is alive and getting the help he needs. Many times that isn’t the case. Many times we are too late, and their pain had been too much for them to bare. Since sharing our families story about our son’s battle with depression, PTSD and his subsequent suicide attempt in 2012 (learn more at DASIUM) these types of phone calls and emails are becoming more frequent. Is it the times? Is it the environment? I’m not sure, but what I do know is that we as parents need…

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    Why Us? Because Suicide, Depression and Addiction Aren’t Selective…

      Last week was a highlight for me. It marked a milestone for a journey that I hadn’t asked to be on. In fact it was a military mental health nightmare that I’m happy to wake up from. I’ve written about my son’s suicide attempts, addiction to prescription meds and alcohol and his struggles with PTSD, Depression and Anxiety. But until last week I hadn’t seen the “reason” behind our families experience. I couldn’t get past the why us. Why Us? Why did we have to almost lose our son to understand that military life (and life in general)  had become too much for him to handle. Why our son, our…

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    Military Family: Teens at Risk for Suicide

    For most of my adult life I have been a motivational speaker. I have trained and helped people from every age group, socio-economic background – military and civilian alike. I am a story teller. And the stories I share most often come from the pages of my life. Who knew that when we began our military life that our experiences would fuel the passion and fire I have for speaking and sharing the strategies I use to tackle the challenges. Ever since we became a military family I have seen the importance of shared experiences and how it helps others know that they aren’t alone. I believe it’s important to be authentic when your…

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    Military Dependent Depression: A short video

      Every day I am reminded of the sacrifices and stresses that the military community goes through and how it affects our families. There is a rising number of spouses and dependent family members that are dealing with varying degrees of depression and military dependent depression is a serious issue. In fact I even wrote about it in Are You Almost Depressed.  And while we have our battle buddies and support networks, the reality is that sometimes these sacrifices affect us in ways that are to much for us to handle on our own.  Please watch, share and comment on this quick video I recorded the other day that talks about…

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    Are you Almost Depressed?

    In an average day I can’t tell you how often military mental health is brought up or the number of times I hear people say they just feel “off”.  They are tired, anxious, fed up and well just not themselves – some may even describe it as – a little depressed.  As military spouses you’ve probably said the same thing a time or two.  I know I have. What I didn’t know is that when you feel this way for a period of a month or so, you need to be aware that if you don’t take action, things won’t get better. So when I ran across this blog post written by Dr.…

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    Why So Much Negativity? It’s Time To Play Nice!

    I’ve been debating whether or not to write this post, as it will be filled with my opinions on negativity and there may even be a heavy dose of my thoughts about how people “should” behave. But as with all my pieces, I write from my experiences and well I HAVE something to say about a topic and I’m just gonna put it out there exactly as I feel it! I welcome your thoughts and input and can’t wait to hear your opinions…. The other day I wrote about the value of being nice and ever since then I have been very “tuned in” to how people act and react towards one…