I am an emotionally naked professional public speaker and this site focuses on taboo topics of suicide, addiction, mental illness and grief.
I do so in memory of my son Charles Aubrey Rogers who died by suicide June 5, 2015 in Richmond, Virginia. He suffered from depression and ultimately addiction to heroin and it was a suicide by asphyxiation.
I am finding my own peace and I strive to find hope and joy in the face of the most devastating loss of my life. I share these pages because many of you are not living in lollipop land with shiny faces and perfect families. I also share your stories, too, because they are important.
You are part of this family and part of this work. Your comments and notes to me often become topics and you have provided me much needed emotional support and helped me find emotional healing.
I can’t do this alone. It’s the sharing from supporters like you that has made a difference and literally saved lives. In fact, it was all of you who helped this site reach over a half million in the first three years. It’s a team effort. Just know that judgment doesn’t live here.
In my prior life, I owned and sold a digital marketing business and am currently President of Beacon Tree Foundation. I am a writer and professional public speaker who raised two sons, Richard, the oldest, and Charles, the youngest. I have written a book, currently in manuscript form, that includes my story and the unpublished lyrics Charles left behind.
Meet Charles, the RAP artist
- In My Shoes: Agony of a child’s mental illness, May 2014
- In My Shoes: Honoring son who died by suicide is not the end of my story, February 2016
- Other articles and TV appearances