Let’s Normalize Mental Health


Last week our community suffered a terrible loss of a wonderful young man in his 20s. He was a classmate of my son and he was known as “H”. Tragically he took his life. It has weighed heavy on my heart and on our entire community.

A conversation with Summer Kirby – Community Liaison, Cameron K. Gallagher Foundation

I am the Community Liaison at the Cameron K. Gallagher Foundation and am also pursuing a Master of Education in School Counseling at Liberty University. Additionally, I am the current Miss Virginia Collegiate America and my platform is mental health awareness...

ECT Saved My Life

It was July, and the weather outside my window was sunny—but inside, it was a different story. At the beginning of the summer I’d been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. I myself thought that I suffered from major depressive disorder...

Finding Hope

Here is a speech I gave at International Survivors of Suicide Day in Richmond, Virginia.

Sibling Loss

It is important to know that you can find joy again and the memories of your siblings will sustain you.

Teen Gifted $10,000 by Rapper Drake to Use Funds for Suicide Prevention

By now, you may have seen the media attention a local Richmonder is getting after being gifted $10,000 by rap superstar Drake in a restaurant in Turks and Caicos over spring break...

Full Circle

Full Circle's mission is to provide comprehensive, professional bereavement support to children, families, and the community. This important work, directly related to the physical and mental health of our community, is an imperative service not comparably offered anywhere else in our area....

Conversation with NAMI Virginia

Talking Mindfulness with Fraser Davis

Diving deeper into the idea of mindfulness today by talking to my friend and mindfulness teacher Fraser Davis.

Shut Up and Sit - How to Get Mindful

Friends - Do I have a treat in store for you today! Are you familiar with mindfulness? Do you want to live more in the present moment and not be so caught up in the past or worried about the future? If so, then you must read Yedda Stancil’s fantastic book Shut Up and Sit...

Dr. Robert Brooks Talks Resilience in Kids

What is Try to Matter?

Welcome to Trytomatter.com. I am so glad you have found us! It has been a few years since I have blogged here so I thought it might be useful for me to introduce myself and my vision.

Middle-aged Men Need Our Help

The pastor at my church this past Sunday mentioned a very startling statistic in his sermon. White middle-class men are dying by suicide at an increasing rate...

Suicide Warning Signs

From AFSP - People who kill themselves exhibit one or more warning signs, either through what they say or what they do...

Helping After A Loss

Blessings & Lessons

People come into your life as a blessing or a lesson...