HB 928-Recovery school pilot for Virginia in the news

Anne Moss Rogers
Anne Moss Rogers holds a picture of her son, Charles, who died by suicide while going through withdrawal and her book, Diary of a Broken Mind.
Kerry Jenkins Rhodes
Kerry Rhodes holds a picture of her son, Taylor who died from an accidental overdose

Recovery High School Newspaper Article

Kerry Rhodes and I were recently featured in an article in the newspaper about supporting the recovery high school in Virginia. And I was on an NBC news segment about the same bill, HB 928 sponsored by Del. Carrie Coyner.

See the NBC news segment

Kerri Rhodes knew her son, Taylor, had a substance abuse problem while he was attending Freeman High School in Henrico County.

She would read texts between Taylor and his classmates discussing who had drugs and where to get them. Rhodes recalled that Taylor’s sister was even approached in the Freeman library a few years ago by another student who offered anti-anxiety pills from a zip-lock bag.

Rhodes said she wishes that Taylor, who ultimately graduated from Patrick Henry High School in Hanover County, could have worked toward his diploma in a different environment; one without peer pressure and easy access to drugs, which ended his life at 20.

“Those kids need long-term comprehensive support, and that’s what we’re missing in the community and the schools,” said Rhodes, a school counselor in Henrico’s school system. “You can’t be in a high school environment where other kids are using drugs and alcohol.” Read the rest (if you are a subscriber)

Recovery High School Newspaper Article

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Anne Moss Rogers

I am an emotionally naked TEDx speaker, and author of the Book, Diary of a Broken Mind. I raised two boys, Richard and Charles, and lost my youngest son, Charles to substance use disorder and suicide 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, 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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