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Tara offers a testimonial and a personal story of her own

When I tell my story, others in the audience are inspired to tell theirs. And that’s the conversation and connection I want to happen.

You never know who in the audience is touched by mental illness, substance misuse or both. Most everyone has someone in their life effected by either one.

And when I speak, oftentimes people in the audience tell us stories they’ve never told anyone. Tara has actually tried to talk about her best friend with others. But conversation about the friend she wants to remember is often met with disdain and judgement because we don’t understand suicide. It’s not an act of selfishness, it’s an act of desperation.

A special thanks to Tara for speaking on camera. I have others I will be posting here soon. Your stories and testimonials about my topic and my presentation are important. And many of you in the audience have given your testimony and it’s appreciated. More will be posted in the coming months.

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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.

One thought on “Tara offers a testimonial and a personal story of her own”

  1. Tara, thank you for your honesty in acknowledging the judgement we all are quick to default to. It’s amazing how that can turn to compassion and understanding when we see it through a different lens.

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