Two teens will tell their story of depression on Channel 12


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Drew Wilder of Channel 12 asked me if I knew of two teens willing to talk on camera about depression and suicide a couple of months ago. I mentioned the request to these two at the “No Eagle Left Behind” assembly at Godwin High School in March, a club they are part of.

Both of them immediately said, “I want to talk!” I was shocked at how enthusiastic and willing they were. So I sent their numbers and their parent’s numbers to Drew since he would need permission. The parents were overwhelmingly supportive. Again, another surprise.

Charles Shelton, a junior, and Haley Brennan, a senior, are tired of the subject of mental illness being swept under the rug. They are part of the group developed by their principal, Leigh Dunavant who has boldly sponsored this student-led group and won an award from Beacon Tree Foundation for innovation in mental health.

Teens talking means stigma is on it’s way out!

Stay tuned! So proud of these teens for speaking out for the benefit of others. This takes guts. This feature will be on NBC, Channel 12 on May 16 at 5pm (maybe 6pm). The video they did is at the bottom of this post.

Haley Brennan and Charles Shelton of “No Eagle Left Behind”

I felt you with me, Charles Rogers

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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.

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