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Charles was the coolest and most unique person I have ever met

by Kevin Consolazio

Kevin Consolazio

I remember my first night at the Family School, a therapeutic boarding school I attended in upstate New York and where I first met Charles.  I was very uncomfortable on how I was sent there. My mother had just died and my dad didn’t know what to do with me.

I was skipping school and smoking weed everyday. Fortunately, I heave never used any hard drugs in my life. Charles was in my dorm and made me feel at home. He had a notebook and so did I and he asked if I wrote music and I told him I did it for fun.

Then he asked me to show it to him. I had written something about my mom and it hit him. He looked at me and said something that made me feel safe to be around him.

He was the coolest and most unique person I have ever met.

I even asked him to try out for the baseball team in Hancock and he didn’t think he would make it but I always encouraged him like he did to me and he made it. I always used to warm up with him before the games before he left the school for a couple days.

The day I found out about his suicide really hit me. He had so much going for him in music and I know that was his go-to when he was feeling down.

His music gives me hope that one day I can accomplish my goals and get him recognized for saving my life and others because I can say he has saved me. He loved playing 3 on 3 basketball as well at the school he was always putting a smile on other peoples faces and still is.

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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.

8 thoughts on “Charles was the coolest and most unique person I have ever met”

  1. This is such a beautiful, heartfelt and encouraging post. Thank you, Kevin, for sharing your story and Charles’ place in it. May you always find support when you need it. ❤️

  2. Kevin, I know your story is a huge blessing to Charles’s family and friends! I will keep you in my prayers. You are precious!

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