Author: Nina Bingham

When I Stand In Your Shoes: Open Letter from a Mom to a Teen

I’m going to say to you what I wish I’d gotten a chance to say to my daughter. In 2013 she took her own life at the age of 15 due to severe depression. Since I’ll never be able to say these things to her, as part of me getting better, I’ll say it to you instead (thanks for listening): Just because I don’t understand you, talk too much and don’t listen, think I know everything (which I definitely do not), can be demanding and harsh, expect too much of you, and don’t show an interest in what you are into, doesn’t mean I still don’t love you. I get so worried about how I’m going to pay the bills, buy the groceries, make the rent and car payments, buy you the things you need like new clothes and stuff for school that I lose sight of you as a person. I start thinking of you as one more responsibility that I have to take care of-and that’s when I turn into a dreaded parent. I stop being ME, and I take on this super-mom attitude, and then we’re reduced to the parent and child, which isn’t working anymore, because you’re not a child anymore. You’re becoming an adult-and it completely throws me off. Your friends have become the people you talk to now, and suddenly I’m the odd man...

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The Suicide Club

These days, a big part of any author’s job is the sales and marketing of their book. Not only do you have to pen an interesting and relevant literary work of art, but you also have to be equipped to peddle it on social media sites, and pitch it to more traditional media vendors such as radio, magazines, and TV. In short, you have to be willing to sell yourself. For me, because I was trained as a counselor where self-promotion is discouraged, even frowned upon by academia, it’s a concept I’ve resisted. It’s felt ingenious and even unprofessional to “toot my own horn.” Especially about such a sensitive and personal subject-my own daughter’s suicide. But the reality of the competitive book publishing business is that books don’t sell themselves anymore, so self-promotion is a necessary evil. In my effort to spread the word about my new book, “Once The Storm Is Over: From Grieving to Healing After the Suicide of My Daughter,” I’ve been contacting suicide prevention and mental health organizations. As I talk with people across the US and even in other countries, I’m astounded by how many people tell me their own stories of how their life was forever altered by the suicide of a child, a loved one, or a friend. Recently I was invited to be the monthly featured blog story for an international...

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