Be the change if you’re not seeing the change you want – #JRW16

Anne Moss Rogers, speaker presenter mental illness, suicide and social media
Melissa Scott Sinclair on the left, me on the right. By Lisa Mistry

Thank you Lisa Mistra for this illustration. Love it! Melissa Scott Sinclair was the moderator, a talented author and writer for Richmond magazine and Style Weekly and I am the presenter on the topic of personal branding.

If you are an aspiring author in Richmond, Virginia, James River Writers is the group for you. Such a gracious, interesting, supportive and engaged group. I thoroughly enjoyed presenting to this group. And that’s saying something since I had been in a serious grief relapse.

The topic was personal branding and social media and I used some examples from this site, annemoss.com. It was interesting combining my professional knowledge as a digital marketing firm owner with my personal blog. What you don’t always know when you are speaking in a theatre since the audience is darkened is who is in the audience.

I knew Charles’ 8th grade English teacher, Katherine Herndon, was there since she is now Executive Director of this nonprofit.

So I’m chatting at the end of my talk and I see Charles’ doctor from the time he was 9 months until his last visit for a cold at 19. Dr. Jackson was with his two daughters, 13 and 17, both writers. One of them already has a blog!

As you can imagine, it was an emotional moment.

He hadn’t heard about Charles’ suicide until that night during my intro. It did feel good to connect. And I was surprised in finding out Charles’ doctor was also an author.

Reaching out and connecting with people in my grief journey has been important to my emotional healing. I don’t shy away from presenting examples of social media marketing that include content about suicide, addiction or mental illness because it’s real. And I refuse to carry on the tradition of shame tied to these subjects.

Melissa Scott Sinclair summed it up well and author member, Shawna C tweeted it out.

tweet-bethechange-katherine-herndon

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Anne Moss Rogers

I am an emotionally naked TEDx speaker, and author of the Book, Diary of a Broken Mind. I raised two boys, Richard and Charles, and lost my youngest son, Charles to substance use disorder and suicide June 5, 2015. I help people foster a culture of connection to prevent suicide, reduce substance misuse and find life after loss. My motivational, training and workshop topics include suicide prevention, addiction, mental illness, and grief. As talented and funny as Charles was, letting other people know they matter was his greatest gift. And now the legacy I try and carry forward in my son's memory. Professional Speaker Website. Trained in ASIST and trainer for the evidence-based 4-hour training for everyone called safeTALK.

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