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My owner died by suicide. Will you walk with us in his honor?

Andy Rogers
Andy Rogers

Hi, my name is Andy Rogers and I am going to walk with my family in the AFSP Out of the Darkness walk in Richmond, VA for suicide awareness and prevention. I would love for you to be on Team Charles with me or donate to Andy Rogers’ page if you cannot be there to walk.

Charles used to throw the ball with me all the time. And I used to sleep with him in his bed. He would sneak food to me when our mom was not looking. He took me on walks, laughed when I chased rabbits and even said I looked like one!

He hugged me, cried with me and I was always there for him. I was his first and only dog and we loved each like brothers.

He used to come in and yell for me in a funny squeaky voice that he only used when talking to me. I would run from wherever I was, my tail wagging! I really miss that. I knew more about Charles than our Mom and Dad. I wish I could have told them how depressed he was. And about his addiction. He always slept so poorly and it made me very anxious.

On June 5, his mother came home worried that something was the matter. We both felt like Charles had been at the house that day. We were confused and I kept running in circles because I felt like he was there. She did, too. Physically, he had not been but I felt something.

When our mom and dad found out later that night that Charles died by suicide, I fell to the floor with them in despair. In the weeks following his death, I was depressed and anxious. I still miss him.

Charles is gone now and I don’t want this to happen to your best friend because it hurts. So you can donate or you can walk with us, or both!

When: Sat, September 17, 8am – 1pm
Where: Deep Run Park, 9900 Ridgefield Pkwy, Richmond, VA 23233, USA

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Anne Moss Rogers

I am an emotionally naked mental health speaker, and author of the Book, Diary of a Broken Mind and co-author with Kim O'Brien PhD, LICSW of Emotionally Naked: A Teacher's Guide to Preventing Suicide and Recognizing Students at Risk. I raised two boys, Richard and Charles, and lost my younger son, Charles to addiction and suicide on June 5, 2015. I help people foster a culture of connection to prevent suicide, reduce substance misuse and find life after loss. My motivational mental health keynotes, training and workshop topics include suicide prevention, addiction, mental illness, anxiety, coping strategies/resilience, 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. Mental Health Speakers Website. Trained in ASIST and trainer for the evidence-based 4-hour training for everyone called safeTALK.

4 thoughts on “My owner died by suicide. Will you walk with us in his honor?”

  1. My son Tyler, who left us Dec. 2015, had the same relationship with his best friend Sammie. She was the first dog to be present for a wake at this particular funeral home! Sammie remains a comfort to us now.

  2. Thank you for your blog. I hope you know how many it helps. I share it ALL the time! I hope today is a great day!

    1. Thank you Kelly. Look forward to having you on my team. And you are the top fundraiser for team Charles! Thank you so much

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