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September on the Horizon

I’ve been jokingly referring to this week as my College Tour.

I trekked two hours, to Russellville, Arkansas to teach a safeTALK course to 20 Arkansas Tech University Career Center instructors. There I met an assortment of people and professions. We had hard discussions about how close to home this issue was for them, and the difficulties we face when trying to navigate the many situations we can have thrust upon us. The world seemed small when several in the room shared a single tragic encounter. No matter how small the world may feel, this problem is devastatingly large. When I left my new allies, I felt hopeful as we made plans to continue these conversations and expand our net of compassion and education. Tired but determined, I headed to my next stop.

An hour down the road, took me to Conway, Arkansas and the University of Central Arkansas early the next morning. We went in five allies deep to teach 150 resident advisors, peer coaches, and resident coordinators suicide prevention, the process of seeking mental health help, how to increase their knowledge of community resources, and last but not least resilience and coping skills.

I kicked off the day by sharing my story. It is all too often a shared story many know in a deeply personal way. The room was filled with tears, laughter, of course, my awkward jokes, and a sense of why it is vital that we encourage people to be educated around the issue of suicide.

Rainy mornings don’t make for the best settings, but we faced the day full of passion and purpose. By the end of it, we changed some minds, found new allies, and left many feeling less alone in this sometimes isolating world.

Days like this bring my heart solace. Maybe, just maybe, one person can be reached.


The conversation has begun.

#suicideprevention #speak #thankyou #uca #arkansas

Arkansas Tech University

University of Central Arkansas


Very Inspiring Blogger Award

I have been graciously nominated for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award by viktoryarch. This award is similar to the other awards that are floating around the blogosphere. It is a recognition given to a blogger by their peers. I would like to firstly Thank Viktoryarch for selecting me as one of their nominations. It is so nice to be considered when there are so many wonderful bloggers in the world. I truly appreciate this.

If you would like to find a new wonderful blog to follow I suggest heading on over to Viktoryarch’s page.

The rules are:
•The nominee shall display the Very Inspiring Blogger Award logo on her/his blog, and link to the blog they got nominated from.
•The nominee shall nominate fifteen (15) bloggers she/he admires, by linking to their blogs and informing them about it.
•Write three things about yourself.
•Write three things that inspired you the most this week.

15 bloggers that inspire me: I always hate to do this part because like I have said there are so many wonderful blogs out there. I am going to do my best though!

Three things about myself:
1: I have 3 children.
2: I love the tapping sound keys make on a keyboard.
3: I like the cool autumn days the most.

Three things that inspired me the most this week:
1: Speaking with my manager about my current book project.
2: Working on Organizing an American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Event in my community.
3: Watching my kids slowly grow up. I want to provide them with so much more and show them that anything is possible.