Teens wiping out mental health stigma

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Stigma fighters Alex Chaffee and Amy Lacey of ABC News
See the video on Channel 8

Like me, they’ve had enough.

They see no logic in the tradition of mental health stigma. Such a lousy, pointless tradition.

They are tired of classmates suffering. They are tired of being silent.

Now that the wave has started, I predict that we’ll have a whole new attitude toward stigma by next year this time.

Thanks to Alex Chaffee and other teens I will be highlighting here on this blog. And there are a lot more in this area speaking up and not tolerating this nonsense. So stay tuned.

Area organizations like Beacon Tree Foundation, VA Chapter of American Foundation of Suicide Prevention, NAMI Central Virginia, Cameron Gallagher Foundation are working hard to support area young people and their families with events, programs, education and training.

Local news outlets are not pumping out “fake news” like some of the national media but showcasing community news that matters– elevating awareness of mental health.

Followers of this blog, the village of supporters, who have shared these pages on their social media have jettisoned stigma and stood up for mental health.

I feel a big change coming and soon anyone holding onto stigma will be supporting an unpopular view. Finally. Do you feel the change?

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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.

One thought on “Teens wiping out mental health stigma”

  1. Yes!!!! Change is coming and it’s about time. Thank YOU Anne Moss for being brave and not hiding the struggles your family has had. We love you and thank Randy and Richard for embracing this public fight with you. Charles’ death will be the catalyst for life for so many…

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