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  • The Pain Only Few Have Ever Known

    Suddenly losing a sister. Written by Odessa Jayde. The day after Christmas, I lost my sister. She originally wasn’t supposed to live the first twenty-four hours. She lived to be ten years old. She was born with a lot of health issues (cerebral palsy, microcephaly and a few other issues I can’t remember). I remember the day she died like it was yesterday. It was my 12 year-old sister’s birthday and I was going up to my mom’s to spend the day with them and have dinner with them. I met up with my sister at a park that was in between my house and my mom’s house. We hit the corner to walk up the street when we heard the sirens, then we saw the ambulance and the police cars. We got closer to my mom’s house and that’s when my sister and I realized that the ambulance was at my moms house and we started to run. We hit the corner right across from her house and I heard “Those are my girls! Stop my girls!” I recognized the voice as my mom's. She was sitting on her front porch with an officer next to her to help her, while my sister was being carried to the ambulance. I had called my grandma when we heard the sirens and then I called her again to tell her what was going on. She then called my grandfather to come get me and my sister and bring us home. I sat in the truck while I watched my mom run to the cop car to get taken to the hospital. My grandfather took me and my sister home, my other grandfather called and said my sister had died, even though we weren’t a hundred percent sure. My other siblings were brought to the house. I sat there waiting for any new information on my sister, my grandma got a call from my mom saying she wanted my gramma to go to the hospital and sit with her. My grandma took me into my computer room and told me my sister died. My aunt and cousin came to sit with us while my grandpa took my grandma up to the hospital. I tried my best to not be hysterical but it was really hard not to fall apart. After my grandma came home, I left to go be with my boyfriend and his mom. I sat in his bed and cried for a long time and just talked to him about how I felt. After a few hours I went home. Five days after my siblings were removed from my mom and placed into foster care. January 2nd we had my sister’s funeral, I was in shock and couldn’t cry. I didn’t want to believe that my sister was gone, I blamed myself for the longest time. I thought “if I had gotten there sooner, I could’ve done something”. I felt like it was my fault that my sister died. I didn’t want to get out of bed. After all of this I was expected to go back to school and that was one of the hardest things in my life. After my sister was gone for a couple months, I made the decision to go see my sister’s teacher and see the classroom. It felt extremely hard but I did it. Odessa Jayde lost her sister the day after Christmas of 2020. She has decided to share her story online.

  • Introducing: Notes of Hope

    A shorter way to share your grief. Introducing the Notes of Hope page: A quick way to share your thoughts about grief and mental health. On the Notes page, you can view and share short submissions about anything related to grief and mental health. These can include advice, your story, a hopeful message, and more. To share a note or view others’, check out the Notes of Hope page here.

  • Student Grief Twitter Chat Highlights

    View the highlights of our April 20th Student Grief Twitter Chat. Last month, Teenage Grief Sucks hosted a Student Grief Twitter Chat, which was part of an essential ongoing conversation looking at how grieving students can support themselves and be supported by others, especially by their educators and peers. During the chat, many amazing people and organizations shared their insights on teenage grief, including To Write Love On Her Arms, The Grief Reality, the Rader Ward Foundation, YouAreLoved, and Families for Depression Awareness. We want to say a big thank you to these organizations, and all the others who participated, for helping us share the importance of being there for grieving students. If you're interested in checking out the highlights from the chat, click here to view the Twitter Moment.

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  • Teenage Grief Sucks | Teens Talking About Grief

    The Pain Only Few Have Ever Known by Odessa Jayde R E A D we're talking about teenage grief. read stories written by grieving teens and share your own. share your story SHARE YOUR GRIEF start here S T A R T read articles A R T I C L E S

  • Teen Mental Health | Teenage Grief Sucks

    resources for teen mental health . click on a website name to view it. Active Minds Active Minds is a nonprofit organization that supports mental health awareness and education for young adults. ​ American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) The AFSP is a voluntary health organization that's saving lives and bringing hope to people affected by suicide. ​ Break the Hold Break the Hold provides resources and educational programming regarding mental wellness. ​ Bring Change to Mind (BC2M) BC2M is trying to end the discrimination and stigma surrounding mental illness by creating multimedia campaigns, curating storytelling movements, and developing youth programs. ​ GLAAD GLAAD shares stories from the LGBTQ+ community that accelerate acceptance. ​ JED JED is a nonprofit organization that's preventing suicide and protecting the emotional health of teens and young adults. ​ Mental Health America (MHA) MHA is a community-based nonprofit that's dedicated to addressing the needs of people living with mental illness and promoting the mental health of all. ​ Mind Mind supports and gives advice to people experiencing mental health problems. ​ National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) NAMI is a grassroots mental health organization that's dedicated to building better lives for Americans who are affected by mental illness. ​ notOK App® The notOK App® allows help to just be one click away. When you're feeling "notOK," the app allows you to quickly contact your trusted friends and family. ​ Okay to Say Okay to Say is a public awareness campaign that's showing people that it's okay to talk openly about mental health. ​ Rader Ward Foundation After the death of their son, Rader Ward's parents started the Rader Ward Foundation, a nonprofit which offers mental health, suicide prevention, and grief support resources, and Montessori scholarships. ​ Stamp Out Stigma Stamp Out Stigma is a campaign that's working to reduce the stigma that surrounds mental illness and substance use disorders. ​ R U Ok? R U Ok? is trying to create a world where everyone is connected and protected from suicide. Their mission is to empower and inspire people to meaningfully connect with and support those who are struggling. ​ Teenager Therapy Podcast Teenager Therapy is a podcast that discusses what it's like being a teenager, hosted by five teens. ​ The Children's Society The Children's Society is a national charity that's fighting for the hope and happiness of young people facing abuse, neglect, and exploitation. They offer many resources on a wide variety of subjects. ​ The Lifeline The Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free, confidential emotional support to those in crisis or distress 24/7, and has many resources on their website. ​ The Mental Health Coalition The Mental Health Coalition is a group of leading mental health organizations, brands, and individuals who are working to destigmatize mental health conditions and change the way people talk about, and care for, their mental health. ​ Therapist Aid Therapist Aid provides free evidence-based education and therapy tools. ​ The Trevor Project The Trevor Project is a national organization that provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ+ youth under the age of 25. ​ This is My Brave® This Is My Brave® shares stories about mental illness and mental health through essay, comedy, poetry, and music. ​ To Write Love On Her Arms (TWLOHA) TWLOHA is a nonprofit that's dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, self-injury, addiction, and suicide. ​ Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) TAPS provides comfort, care, and resources for the families of America's fallen heroes. ​ YouAreLoved YouAreLoved is a nonprofit that's dedicated to spreading awareness, breaking the stigma, presenting hope, and being a beacon of love to those who are living with mental health conditions. ​ Young Minds Young Minds is a UK charity that's fighting for the mental health of children and young people. ​ Youth MOVE National Youth MOVE National is a youth-driven organization dedicated to unite the voices and causes of youth and raise awareness around youth issues.

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