I got to play college professor

VCU Masters in Sociology class

This was my second time presenting to this masters in social work class at Virginia Commonwealth University.

What do I teach? Lived experience.

As Charles and our family stumbled through a broken mental health system here in Virginia, we found some of the worst prejudice where it was least expected–the mental health system. Speaking to those who are currently in training is the most effective way to prevent stigma and help those who treat a vulnerable population find compassion and understanding in helping their patients find recovery.

Thank you Julia Rice Stokes for this opportunity and to Jenny Derr for referring me.

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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.

2 thoughts on “I got to play college professor”

  1. As a graduate of VCU’s MSW program, I think this is fantastic. I’m so glad you broadened the view of the students to include real life experience of the fight you had trying to get help. I know this was powerful for them to hear.

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