10 Painful Lessons I Learned Too Late As An Adoptive Father

Lately I’ve been stumbling across various blog postings about things people have learned about [fill in the blank], things they want you to know about [fill in the blank], things you wish you could say to [fill in the blank.] They come from adoptive families, adopted people and others within and outside the adoption triad. I mean no disrespect, but I thought I should add my own painful lessons learned too late about adoption since my precious daughter Casey’s suicide. …

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#Adoption, #Attachment, #AttachmentParenting, #Suicide, #TeenSuicide

Olathe Suicide Reminder of Warning Signs

According to the Center for Disease Control, suicide is the third leading cause of death for people ages 12-18.  Every day in the United States, there are over 5,400 suicide attempts by young people in who are in grades 7-12.  What is important to note is that 4 out of 5 of those 5,400 youths give w ……

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#MentalHealth, #Olathe, #Suicide, #Teen, #TeenSuicide

Casey’s Story in The Marin Independent Journal Sunday Spotlight

Many thanks to the Marin Independent Journal and their reporter Mark Prado for featuring Casey’s story in their Sunday Spotlight profile. The IJ has been way out ahead of other Bay Area news outlets in their coverage of the Golden Gate Bridge suicide barrier and the plight of the families who’ve lost loved ones to the bridge….

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#Attachment, #InternationalAdoption, #MentalHealth, #TeenSuicide

Questions Middle-Schoolers Ask About Difficult Subjects

I lead a small group of Marin County high schoolers who make peer-to-peer presentations to kids and parents about mental health issues like depression and suicide. We’re called The Marin Teen Mental Health Board, a bit of a mouthful coined by the founders, two therapists who have since handed the group over to me.

I wouldn’t say suicide is rampant in Marin, but every death of a child at his or her own hand hits with the force of many more adult deaths because it’s completely out of order. Last year, an eighth grade boy at my local middle school took his life. This past August a girl – a senior at Redwood High School, just like Casey – jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge. In fact, August may well have been the deadliest month on record with ten suicides alone.

This past week our little group presented at the Peer Summit, which is an annual gathering of Marin County middle schoolers who are treated to presentations on a host of social issues – sex, substances, loneliness, stress, body image, among others. We were across the hall from Dating 101….

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#GoldenGateBridge, #MiddleSchool, #PeerSummit, #RedwoodHighSchool, #TeenSuicide

Another Teen Suicide: The Effects of Rape and Bullying

One has to wonder how continued violence against females; girls and women is acceptable. The more I read on the death of Canadian teenager Rehtaeh Parsons, the more upset I become at the social justice implications.
According to the Harold News , in November of 2011 her mother reports that,…