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My son Charles was 20 when he died by suicide on June 5, 2015. Always the funniest, most popular kid in school, he used drugs and alcohol as his antidote for numbing thoughts of suicide. It wasn’t until he was 17 that he was diagnosed with depression and anxiety.

After going to rehab for an addiction to heroin, my son relapsed a day later and ended up back in detox where he saw a friend and walked out. We didn’t know where he was at this point, and I didn’t see these tweets until much later. … Read more...

Cult of Pedagogy Podcast. Suicide Prevention: What Teachers Can Do

Listen to the Cult of Pedagogy Podcast on their website.

What Teachers are saying:

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…..Anne Moss Rogers has focused her latest work on teachers, whom she sees as a vital link between troubled students and the professionals who can help them cope with suicidal thoughts. In her new book, Emotionally Naked: A Teacher’s Guide to Preventing Suicide and Recognizing Students at Risk, she and co-author Kimberly O’Brien give teachers the information and tools they need to help reduce suicide in young people.

“(Teachers) see millions of adolescents nationwide,” Rogers explained in our … Read more...

RFM: Help Students Grieving a Loss by Suicide

7 Important Strategies for Educators

  • August 30, 2021

In 2015, my son Charles took his own life at age twenty during an episode of major depression and withdrawal from heroin. By 2017, I had sold my business and invested myself in suicide prevention which included a focus on postvention, the period following a death by suicide. 

To better understand this kind of tragedy and its aftermath from an educator’s point of view, I interviewed several educators, including a Colorado public school teacher who had lost a student to suicide. This teacher offered a chilling account of how her students opened … Read more...

2021 Overdose Awareness Day

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This quote is by Charles Rogers who died by suicide while going through withdrawal from heroin addiction

This post for Overdose Awareness Day is in memory of loved ones who died from intentional or accidental substance overdose. Over the years, many have told their stories here. Others have talked about their near misses–overdoses that didn’t result in their death.

So I’m highlighting the stories here today in honor of those we’ve lost to substance use disorder. And those who have survived. Here is the official Overdose Awareness Day and Week website.

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Grief Support

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My life is not worthless because there is sadness in it

I know there are some people who wonder how I can put one step in front of another after my son Charles’s suicide. I’m not sure how I have managed that either.

Others (I’ve heard second hand) think I just need to quit harping on the “depressing” subjects I speak about and my life would greatly improve. They think if I’d just leave all that behind I’d be skipping through a meadow singing show tunes with daisies and muffins in a basket.

Some think sadness is the stinker I need to lose. But I know denying it would only make … Read more...

L.E.A.P. Podcast Interview

L.E.A.P.=Listen, Engage, Allow and Process your own Healing Journey

Conversation with Author, Subject Matter Expert and Speaker Anne Moss Rogers on Suicide 

Susan E. Casey, author of the book, ROCK ON: Mining for Joy in the Deep River of Grief, and founder of the L.E.A.P. podcast wants you to know that no matter how dark and hopeless the days feel, light and hope live right around the corner. Embrace your awesomeness and leap with us into light and healing.

**TRIGGER WARNING** This episode covers sensitive subject matter and is not suitable for all listeners. If this topic could Read more...

Ten Tip Pledge for the bereaved

Bereavement is often a time of distorted thinking. We are emotional and this just helps put into perspective all that’s happening around us.

  1. I will survive even though I’m not sure how yet. Because as bad as it is now, it will never be as bad as getting the news. If I can survive that, I can survive anything.
  2. I, the grieving person, know that friends are afraid of saying the wrong thing but I’m going to understand that what others say, even if it’s not perfect, comes from a place of love. If the situation were reversed, I might
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Conversation about suicide in the 50+ age group with Wize Move Society

Video chat with several members of the Wize Move Society, based in the Netherlands, on Suicide prevention for the 50 plus. It’s a group made up of those over 50 from countries all over the world. Anyway, if you want to see our chat and learn more about the signs, what to do and more, see our conversation below.

Access the suicide prevention conversation recording with Wize Mind Society here on Facebook.

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First Book for Teachers on Preventing Suicide–Just in Time for 2021 Back to School

Help save lives with this essential resource on suicide prevention in schools. Publish Date: 8/24/21

NEWS- FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
FROM: Publisher Jossey-Bass (a Wiley publishing brand) and Emotionally Naked LLC 
CONTACT: Anne Moss Rogers

emotionally naked a teachers guide to preventing suicide and recognizing students at risk
Publisher: Jossey-Bass; A Wiley Publishing brand
Publish Date: August 24, 2021
Paperback: 288 pages
ISBN-10: 1119758300, ISBN-13: 978-1119758303
$29.95, Book Page

Emotionally Naked: A Teacher’s Guide to Preventing Suicide and Recognizing Students at Risk by Anne Moss Rogers & Kimberly O’Brien, PhD, LICSW. Publishes August 24, 2021, through Jossey-Bass, a Wiley Publishing Brand, $29.95

Although real-time data for suicide risk is scant, we know ER … Read more...