Don’t suffer on an island

As I suffered through the mental illness and addiction of my child, I curled up in a ball and folded up inside myself.  Back then there was little support even when I reached out for it and wanted to talk.

But things changed.

I found a support group who was willing to be there for me but when things really got bad, I pulled inside myself again instead of relying on the network of love available to me.

When my son relapsed, so did I.

I don’t want to make that mistake again. Because I won’t get a badge of honor for going solo in grief. I suspect that’s the reason I am now emotionally naked in public.  You guys and my daily posting schedule keeps me accountable.

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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 my book, Diary of a Broken Mind, will be published in the fall. 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. Professional Speaker Website

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