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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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    The Military Family: A Crisis on the Horizon

    I’m out here in the trenches and I’m listening…and from what I see I think it’s time someone starts talking candidly about what’s really going on in our military community before it’s too late. There is a crisis on the horizon and we need someone to stand up and let the country know what’s happening with respect to military life. Perhaps one day this crisis will be over, but for now I’m just hoping that someone will listen. I know if I were to address the nation and every military family I surely wouldn’t start off by saying that the state of our military community is strong; because that would be a lie. I…

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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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    PTSD and It’s Effect on my Military Dependent

    Well as someone who believes that transparency is such an important part of blogging,  it is time for the Direction Diva to Bare it all… But while I will not bare my booty figuratively speaking, I will get “naked” with you by letting you see the reality of my life during what I have to say was the most difficult thing I have ever been through. You see up until a few months ago my son seemed like the typical healthy 19 year old attending college at Texas Tech University on various scholarships.  He had friends, enjoyed the freedom and seemed to be adjusting well. We were finally settling into the empty…