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Grief Reiki® Returns To Loss To Profound During Suicide Prevention Month

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Grief Reiki® returned as guest on the Loss To Profound TV hosted by Val Uchendu.  This episode, filmed at the start of Suicide Prevention Month, was specifically dedicated to Removing the Stigma on Suicide. The primary guest was Chris Bright, Senior Education Manager from The Trevor Project.  Toward the end of the show I spoke about my two loved ones who died by suicide and how Reiki can help bring relaxation and stress reduction to those with mental health issues. Watch Now

VAL UCHENDU BIO

Val emigrated from Nigeria to United States to pursue his dream, but took a detour when he volunteered at a local hospital. He spent the next few years, pursing a benevolent career, earned a Bachelor degree in Nursing, and ongoing Master’s Degree in Anesthesia and worked in various areas in the healthcare from inpatient care such as Cardiothoracic Intensive care, postoperative care, and emergency to out-patient care and case management. As a Registered Nurse, Val also became a community advocate for mental health, became a field Ambassador for American Foundation for Suicide Prevention as a field Ambassador and currently Co-Chairperson for the Out of Darkness Pasadena Walk, he will be coordinating 10 different committees for a 600+ person yearly walk to promote suicide prevention and mental health awareness. As natural talent Val enjoyed the privilege of being creative, thanks to his parents who fostered his natural talents; he became an avid lover of all things Music, TV, Film and Theatre. Val knew his dream was to connect with people in a different manner, a manner most natural to him, whether it was with his patients at the hospital or his audience on stage or behind the screen it was the same deep human connection that hears, sees and empathizes with whatever and whoever he’s in contact with.

Val took a detour, but he never lost sight of his dream, a dream that has become a commitment to himself, his late brother, family, patient, audience and community. Val founded Lostandprofoundtv LLC, an entertainment network and brand where people who have learned how turn their loss into something profound will share with others how they did it. The goal is to entertain, educate, engage, enlighten and empower others. Lostandprofoundtv is the home of Val’s Show on You Tube called, “In the Loop with Val” and his UBN radio show, “Loss to Profound.” It will also be the home for Val’s upcoming Motivational and Inspirational books, Movies, TV-shows. Val believes in living life and becoming a solution through giving and love. As the last child in a successful and educated family of six, now five; lostandprofoundtv was inspired by the death his late brother who shared Val’s dream of coming to America, but died in a car accident a month before his departure.

GUEST CHRIS BRIGHT, THE TREVOR PROJECT

The primary guest on this Episode was Chris Bright, Senior Education Manager from The Trevor Project. Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR. The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.

The Trevor Project offers accredited life-saving, life-affirming programs and services to LGBTQ youth that create safe, accepting and inclusive environments over the phone, online and through text.

CRISIS INTERVENTIONS

Trevor Lifeline – The only national 24/7 crisis intervention and suicide prevention lifeline for LGBTQ young people (ages 13-24), available at 1-866-488-7386.

TrevorChat – A free, confidential, secure instant messaging service for LGBTQ youth that provides live help from trained volunteer counselors, open daily from 3–10pm ET / Noon–7pm PT.

TrevorText – A free, confidential, secure service in which LGBTQ young people can text a trained Trevor counselor for support and crisis intervention, available Monday–Friday from 3–10pm ET / Noon–7pm PT at 202-304-1200.

TALK RADIO/LIVE BROADCAST INFORMATION

Loss to Profound TV can be found on many different platforms such as: You Tube, iTunes, and iHeart Radio.

Here are the direct links:

YOU TUBE

ITUNES

IHEART RADIO

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National Suicide Prevention Week 2017

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September 10th through 16th is National Suicide Prevention Week. As many of you already know I lost two loved ones to suicide. It is a heartache that will never go away for those who are left behind.

ABOUT SUICIDE

There’s no single cause for suicide. Suicide most often occurs when stressors exceed current coping abilities of someone suffering from a mental health condition. Depression is the most common condition associated with suicide, and it is often undiagnosed or untreated. Conditions like depression, anxiety and substance problems, especially when unaddressed, increase risk for suicide. Yet it’s important to note that most people who actively manage their mental health conditions lead fulfilling lives.

WARNING SIGNS

Something to look out for when concerned that a person may be suicidal is a change in behavior or the presence of entirely new behaviors. This is of sharpest concern if the new or changed behavior is related to a painful event, loss, or change. Most people who take their lives exhibit one or more warning signs, either through what they say or what they do.

*If a person talks about: Being a burden to others; feeling trapped; experiencing unbearable pain; having no reason to live; or killing themselves.

*Specific things to look out for include: Increased use of alcohol or drugs; looking for a way to kill themselves, such as searching online for materials or means; acting recklessly; withdrawing from activities; isolating from family and friends; sleeping too much or too little; visiting or calling people to say goodbye; giving away prized possessions; or aggression.

*People who are considering suicide often display one or more of the following moods: Depression; loss of interest; rage; irritability; humiliation; or anxiety.

SUICIDE PREVENTION RESOURCES

If you or someone you know is in an emergency, call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or call 911 immediately.

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New Book

Award-Winning Author’s Experience with Suicide Resulted in Life Passion and New Book

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LOS ANGELES – Dec. 21, 2016 – PRLog — AlyBlue Media announced the release today of Grief Reiki by the award-winning author Sharon Ehlers.

Delving from her personal experience through the suicide of her best friend in 2009, and former fiancé in 2012, Ehlers combined her training as a Reiki Master and Certified Grief Recovery Specialist with her experience to create Grief Reiki, LLC, near Los Angeles.

Desiring to help others heal and recover from the grief she knows all too well, the 3-time award-winning author’s newest title, “Grief Reiki,” is a comprehensive handbook that leads the bereaved through easy to understand practical tips, meditations, activities, and more, and provides readers with a safe, compassionate, and healing environment for their own grief journey.

Grief Reiki is wonderfully written. Sharon’s thorough knowledge of the subject matter, her encouragement and her compassion go into creating a masterpiece that will touch the lives of many,” said Sandy Evans Pullin, a Reiki master and teacher who wrote the book’s foreword.

According to PsychCentral, Reiki is seen as an effective and cost-reducing method to improve health. Scientific validation of Reiki’s effectiveness has helped hospitals and medical clinics bring the healing touch method mainstream where it is able to aid patients in all realms, including grief.

Ehlers is a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, Reiki Master and teacher who offers Reiki sessions, classes, and circles from her business near Los Angeles. She has earned 3 literary awards for her book, Grief Diaries: Surviving Loss by Suicide. The book Grief Reiki is available now on Amazon and will soon be available in over 40,000 retail outlets around the world. Learn more at grief-reiki.com.

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