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Keynote for Wellstone in Cullman, Alabama

keynote speaker mental health

I wish I could say I was the star of the event. Or maybe even the CEO, Jeremy or Chris, the COO. But no, the bread pudding was the real star. A lovely venue to boot.

I got to meet the family whose father was attacked by a man who was lost in psychosis, entered the family home and killed Stephen Griffith, an upstanding community lawyer. His wife was also attacked but is alive today.

In a remarkable turn of events, this family, in the midst of their grief recognized the man who attacked their father was mentally ill and instead of a lawsuit the trucking company owned by Mr. Griffith’s son and son-in-law, donated $25k to mental health in Cullman, Alabama.

Wellstone, the nonprofit who hired me to speak at this fall event after the one last spring presented their accomplishments. They do it right by supporting the patient through the lifecycle of illness to recovery offering and connecting them with services in the community and recognizing where relapses occur and provide support during those crucial times.

They also are one of the few behavioral health providers who treats SUD and mental illness at the same time. Here in Virginia when we were trying to get Charles help, he had to go get his drug abuse “cured” before he could be treated for his depression. Like you can put depression and suicidal ideation on hold.

Traveling to meet this group of people is always a pleasant and hospitable experience. Board members were gracious and I so enjoyed my stay and time with this group.

They got a nice write up in the newspaper. Cullman Tribune Article

See pictures below from the event.

Event planner Kallie. I’m pretty brave to take a photo with such a stunning looking young woman! And boy is she good at communications.

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Anne Moss Rogers

I am an emotionally naked TEDx 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 substance use disorder 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, training and workshop topics include suicide prevention, addiction, mental illness, 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. Professional Speaker Website. Trained in ASIST and trainer for the evidence-based 4-hour training for everyone called safeTALK.

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