Struggling Teens. Normal Growing Pains or Mental Illness?

Is it teen angst or something else?

Almost half of all chronic mental illness begins by age 14, three quarters by age 24. Yet teens are unlikely to ask for help or recognize they need it. Sometimes it’s the stigma and other times it’s not knowing what is happening to them or what to call it.

In Charles’ case, he didn’t know how to label his anxiety. I remember him describing the feeling he got in middle school and telling him that what he was experiencing was called anxiety.

It is hard to tell what is real distress and what … Read more...

As she sashayed into the Quality Inn lobby in her sequined gown…

Once upon a time, there was a princess named Anne Moss. Now she wasn’t a real princess just one in her mind. She surmised that the delicate Southern sensibilities with which she was raised, elevated her to this status. Besides that, her daddy always told her she was.

This princess was devastated when the resort at which she had been staying to attend the NSA (National Speakers Association) Conference in Colorado, didn’t have a room the last night for the grand ball.

After calling every day for two months prior, others not recognizing her royal status, placed Marriot award point … Read more...

Anne Moss on Shameless Mom Academy Podcast

Episode 358- Anne Moss Rogers: Honoring A Son Who Died By Suicide

I was so honored to have been asked to be on this podcast. So few in this space have the guts to tackle this subject. And Sara and I really connected. Please leave a review! You can listen right here on the page or at one of the links below.

Podcast Description: Sara Dean is the creator and host of the Shameless … Read more...

Podcast: Hope to Recharge with Matana and Anne Moss

Losing a Son to Suicide and choosing hope after grief with Anne Moss Rogers

A pleasure to be on Matana’s podcast. Please leave a review!

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As a speaker, I want to make more so I can give more

It’s funny how my script was flipped after my son’s addiction and death by suicide. My definition of what success is was no longer defined in currency.

Now I don’t want you to think I’m willing to live in a cardboard box so I can support more nonprofit work. I’m not that altruistic. I just want to make a living and make enough so that I can enjoy my family and give back in both philanthropic and an emotionally naked way.

My purpose is to prevent suicide and wash away the stigma by educating people on what suicide is, what … Read more...

Learning to let go of regret after suicide

by Jon Farrow

Sometimes it’s a feeling in the middle of the day. Sometimes it’s passing a restaurant we used to frequent or a song that comes on right as I’m about to reach a destination. Other times it’s a memory-inducing warm breeze on a mild summer day. No matter what brings him to mind, even after five years, I still feel the twinge in my heart.

Searching for an escape has been a race that I can’t win

No matter what I do, the feeling overwhelms me like the shadow caused by a setting sun, one that extinguishes the … Read more...

Going to the NSA Conference

NSA is National Speakers Association. I’m a member of the Virginia chapter. Fortunately, because of the Pat Asch fellowship, I can afford to go. I haven’t been to a conference out of town in years. That’s the thing about selling a successful business for a startup. Sacrifices.

So I will be in Aurora, Colorado and staying the first night with my friend, Tamara. Next month she is going on a big backpacking trip that is very intense. (Camping to me is staying in a bed and breakfast.)

So wish me luck. I’m meeting a lot of other speakers … Read more...

Can we stop using the phrase ‘committed suicide?’

60 second video

Say tally ho, bon voyage, bye bye, auf weidersehen, addio, au revoir, 再见, addios, sayonara, to the word “committed” when it’s next to the word suicide. Jettison it from your vocab forever, throw it in a deeply dug latrine, say a final memorial, cover it with dirt and leave it behind forever. “Committed” screams shame and adds to the stigma.

Suicide is not a crime it’s public health issue

We don’t say that someone committed a heart attack so why are we saying someone committed suicide? I’m not word-shaming you, just making you aware of the difference … Read more...