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#BeHereTomorrow Movie Screening with Ginger and Rogers

Ginger Germani lost her son Austin Germani a year ago. Last week she did a Facebook birthday fundraiser and raised 2,555 (+ a check for $25) in support of Beacon Tree Foundation in memory of Austin. Her goal was $1,998 for the year he was born. One of her friends had arranged a Ride to Fight Suicide in Staunton, VA.

Ginger invited me to a screening of the movie, “Suicide, The Ripple Effect” by Kevin Hines in Charlottesville, VA and to say a few words about Beacon Tree. It’s about an hour away from Richmond.

The marquee right outside the theatre showed the word “suicide” in lights all by itself which we found morbidly comical. Charles would have laughed his ass off at something like this.  It would have been nice had they added “Ripple Effect” after that but  I am not going to complain.

A regal cinema agreed to do the screening. What’s more, she got what looked like over 40 people to this move about suicide. This small theatre was filled. That is remarkable.

Ginger, you rock! Thank you. I love having you as a fellow advocate. I’m sorry the way it happened.

#BeHereTomorrow

Was I a failure as a mother?

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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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