Dear people who are tired of me

You must be so bored with all my posts about suicide, addiction and mental illness. Why on earth would I continue to assault you with my tirade of posts, presentations and videos about these awful subjects? Why can’t I just get the hell over it? I mean all this shit is not going to bring back my precious son, right?

I lived this insipid system known as the mental health system. Endured criticism, lack of support and humiliation and shame from the people I expected and paid to help us.  I lost a child because of it.

Most of you have the luxury of enjoying your living children. Which is how it should be. But we have way too many grieving parents. It’s not even a rare event any more.

Those with trauma, mental illness, addiction are a grossly underserved population. They are jailed, judged and mistreated and they need voices to join them to inspire change. That doesn’t happen with silence. It doesn’t happen by hiding under a rock. It happens by being loud and relentless. Personality traits I’m proud to own.

Dear high and mighty parent

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Anne Moss Rogers

I am the mother of two boys and the owner of emotionally naked, a site that reached a quarter million people in its first 18 months. I am a writer and professional public speaker on the topics of suicide, addiction, mental illness, and grief and currently working on getting a book published. I lost my youngest son, Charles, 20, to suicide June 5, 2015. 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.

9 thoughts on “Dear people who are tired of me”

  1. I will never get tired of “ hearing “ about Charles, your LOVE for him, AND the purpose he ignited in you to reveal the ugly truth of suicide. You don’t complain. You, Anne are doing something profound to make changes in improving mental health/ illness; addiction, and awareness that needs to be addressed. It doesn’t just go away. Blessing to you,dear brave soul.

  2. Loud and relentless… love that. Exactly what is needed to shatter the silence and reach those who most need the support. Keep up the good work, sweet friend!

  3. The conversation is depressing and uncomfortable to someone that cannot relate. That is why your voice and your message is so important. It is not so much to speak to those that can relate but to raise awareness to those that cannot. This will not only help change the stigma it may also provide someone insight to someone who may just be starting down this path. There is no one solution but knowing the potential outcome may allow them to act much sooner and reading your post may allow them to avoid the Mental Health treatment obstacles you encountered. God Bless and keep fighting!

  4. I for one am grateful that you have the strength and open heart to share your personal experience. Many lives have been helped and saved! People need to know the truth about our current mental health and criminal justice system.

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