Updated: Oct 9, 2019

Since tragedy touched her family, Concept Rehab’s Charlene Bohlender has been a passionate advocate for mental health awareness and suicide prevention.

Charlene Bohlender has been a dedicated COTA for Concept Rehab since 1997. She is now the newest board member of Free the Mind, Anchor the Soul—a local nonprofit organization focused on bringing awareness to mental health disorders and helping to break the stigma attached to mental health in West Milton, Ohio and the surrounding communities.

Her Story

Charlene is a survivor of suicide loss.

On August 23, 2015, Charlene’s family changed forever when her 16-year-old grandson, Bryce, took his life. Charlene’s daughter had just dropped Bryce’s sister off at college when they came home to a parent’s worst nightmare. Without consulting his family, Bryce had stopped taking his anti-anxiety medication, which caused him to quickly cycle into depression and he took his life the day before school started.

That day the family knew their lives had been changed forever.