I owned and sold a digital marketing business, I am President of Beacon Tree Foundation, writer and public speaker who raised two sons, Richard, the oldest, and Charles, the youngest.

Charles Aubrey Rogers, 4/26/95-6/5/2015

For too many years I suffered in silence. I will never do that again. That’s why this site is unedited and emotionally naked and focused on all the taboo subjects no one talks about: mental illness, addiction, suicide 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 death by hanging.

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. I want to hear from you. I want you to share your pain and your losses, your stories and how you have coped.

I can’t do this alone. It’s the sharing from supporters like you that has made a difference and literally saved lives. It’s a team effort. Just know that judgment doesn’t live here.

Anne Moss Rogers is ASIST and SAFEtalk Trained for suicide prevention and intervention.

Currently Member of: SAFE Heroin Task Force, Beacon Tree Foundation President, TICN: Trauma Informed Care Network (ACEs), REVIVE! trained (administer Naloxone for opioid overdose), volunteer at the VA chapter of American Foundation of Suicide Prevention, Chesterfield County Suicide Prevention Coalition, Richmond American Marketing Association, Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce

Newspaper Articles

In My Shoes: Agony of a child’s mental illness, May 2014

In My Shoes: Honoring son who committed suicide is not the end of my story, February 2016

Other articles and TV appearances

Meet Charles, the RAP artist

Charles was an artist — an actor, comedian, rap artist and an amazing writer. Meet him in this video, Letter to God. See more pictures and videos on this page.