Why do we think we have to go it alone? Gut out our losses with no support? Suffer troubles without reaching out or sharing?

For some reason, we’ve become a culture that thinks asking or looking for support is weak. Why is that weak?

Connection is a key human need.

Denying that need is false bravado.

While I consider myself a strong person, having survived a brain tumor and two surgeries from it, an attempted rape and murder attack at knifepoint, a broken neck and a loss of a child by suicide, I have learned it’s ridiculous to go it alone.

I cry. I reach out for help. It’s because I do this that I find strength and the ability to move forward. Denying yourself that is inhumane and unhealthy. Modeling that behavior hurts our children and families.

We worry we are a burden when in fact our friends want to help.

When we don’t give someone a chance to do that, we are cheating our loved ones and friends the opportunity to be there for us.

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AnneMoss Rogers

AnneMoss Rogers is a mental health and suicide education expert, mental health speaker, suicide prevention trainer and consultant. She is author of the Book, Diary of a Broken Mind and co-author of Emotionally Naked: A Teacher's Guide to Preventing Suicide and Recognizing Students at Risk with Kim O'Brien PhD, LICSW. She raised two boys, Richard and Charles, and lost her younger son, Charles to addiction and suicide on June 5, 2015. She is a motivational speaker who empowers by educating and provides life saving strategies and emotionally healthy coping skills. As talented and funny as Charles was, letting other people know they matter was his greatest gift. And now that's the legacy she carries forward in her son's memory. Mental Health Speakers Website.

2 thoughts on “Alone”

  1. So true! We are all struggling. Burdens are lightened by sharing. Why are we so reluctant to reach out? I know I am.

    1. I think as our houses have gotten bigger, we’ve gotten busier and there is less of a sense of “neighborhood,” we are reluctant because we just don’t connect as much. I know I am, too but I make myself.

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