Everything I do for addiction and suicide prevention is in memory of my son Charles Rogers who died by suicide June 5, 2015.
After my world was shattered, I thought I’d reach a point when I didn’t think of Charles every day. I had no idea what grief was all about. I still do think about him every single day and I will until the day I die. Quite frankly, I want to.
When it first happened, I was shocked. I didn’t know the signs of suicide or what it was exactly. I heard the despair in his voice and my brain couldn’t place it. My heart hurt. My mind was confused and overwhelmed. I knew something was wrong but suicide never occurred to me.
I’ve learned what those signs are now. I’ve learned it’s preventable. I’ve also learned that if we tell our stories and raise our voices, we can prevent suicide.
I wish so much knew the signs of suicide before Charles took his life. But I didn’t. So please take the time to know what they are so you can be the hero that saved a soul that was hurting.
Help me eliminate the phrase, ‘committed suicide’
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.
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3 thoughts on “Suicide prevention week”
Daniel’s death day on the 16th is during annual suicide prevention week. Go figure.
Oh David. No words. I told my son in LA about Daniel. Showed him the you tube channel. Richard has been on YT since the start of it and I knew he would appreciate the story.
That urge to die in those moments must be so overpowering. I wish…
It’s gotta be.