My coming out party. No more silence

It was two years ago that I wrote this article for Richmond Times Dispatch. It took from August to December to write it. It was agonizing. And at the same time, cleansing.  The article I thought no one would ever read was trending #1 for weeks because others, like you, read their story in mine.

I wrote this one back in 2014. But the one after Charles’ death was really my coming out party. It was my vow to never be silent again on the subjects no one wanted to talk about. And it was, along with your encouragement, my inspiration to start this blog. I thought, “Hell, I’m just another mom starting a blog after her child dies.” But I had a lot to say.

Five years of silence and suffering was busting at the seams. And eight hundred posts later, I’m still at it. Again, with your encouragement. Note: I did not write the phrase “committed suicide.’ I need to figure out who to contact to get it changed to “died by suicide.”

A journey of agony

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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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