In the days and weeks after Johnny died, several of his friends came to our house to visit. They expressed their love for Johnny and shared memories with us. They showed us such kindness by taking the time to talk with us.… Read the rest
Continuing our Mental Health Month theme, I’m introducing a four-part series (this is part 1) on how to talk to your kids about drugs and why drugs are so bad for them from a mental health perspective.
You’ve probably seen this topic addressed before—maybe even a lot.… Read the rest
May is Mental Health Month, which gives parents and grandparents an excellent opportunity to talk to your teens about how smoking marijuana and dabbing (inhaling the vapors of high-THC marijuana extracts) affects their mental health.
People like to joke about stoners still living in their mom’s basement at age 29, but the effects of marijuana go way beyond the classic stoner stereotypes.… Read the rest
I’m delighted to announce that through your contributions to our new nonprofit, Johnny’s Ambassadors, JOHNNY has come to life as a cartoon and is ready to do something important in this world! Our mission is to educate parents and teens about the dangers of adolescent substance abuse and help parents have conversations with their children.… Read the rest
I woke with a start. It was 1:03 AM on Thursday, November 20, 2019. I reached over to pick up the phone, fully expecting to see Johnny’s name on the screen again, and instead, it said Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.… Read the rest
Our forever 19-year-old son, Johnny, died by suicide three months ago today. He would have been 20 on Feb. 7. We still miss him terribly but are putting one foot in front of the other. Thank you to those who continue to check on us and offer support and comfort.… Read the rest
These have been the saddest days of my life, so it’s going to be difficult to share with you, but that fact that you are all here makes it less difficult. I’m probably going to cry and may not get through this quickly, but since you are our loved ones, I know you will understand.… Read the rest