Why is a psychological evaluation important?

Anne Moss Rogers; Sunny Shin,Ph.D., VCU Social Work; Lisa Wright, MSW, LCSW, RPT-S, CTP, SCAN

Richmond has a trauma informed care network (TICN) for which I am a member. I presented to this group on suicide and mental illness and how my family was treated in Virginia. I did talk a lot about the fact that we never got a diagnosis in this state, even when I begged for one.

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Feedback for Resilience Exercise with Teenagers

I did an event for the Regional YMCA Leader’s Club Rally. Leader’s Club is a club for teens. I so enjoyed myself. I asked the rally coordinator, Janice, for feedback. Since it read more

Presenting to teens about mental illness and resilience

I wanted to thank you for sharing your story and taking the time to engage with the youth. Many teens left your class reflecting on life and ready to open up about the issues they were facing with the other adult teen/youth workers at the YMCA Leader’s Club Regional rally.

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Defining my boundaries

It’s no surprise that I get messages here and on social media from people struggling with thoughts of suicide. And from parents suffering from a loss or with the active addiction or mental illness of a loved one.

So where do I draw the line? Draw my boundaries?

The truth is, I can only do read more

Is the Parkland shooter a monster?

Many of you won’t like this.

But I think the shooter may have acted like a monster, but deep down he was a deeply troubled individual and the product of a culture that simply wants to dismiss troubled children as “not my problem.” According to current reports, read more

Pack up the guilt and jettison it to Mars

So we’re going to do an exercise. We’re going to take all that guilt and package it up and send it away into the universe.

You ready?  Here we go.

All of you who feel guilty because you may have misjudged that shifting line of enabling or rescuing your loved one’s as it relates read more

Child with SUD and Major Depression asked for help and he got it

Arm yourself with a kleenex. You’ll need it. This is an uplifting story!

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This program that helps individual kids is not flashy. It doesn’t touch hundreds or even thousands. Because of that, it’s often less popular to grant funders due to the small footprint. Despite the read more

My first suicide prevention workshop at NIMH

Elizabeth Ballard Ph.D NIMH; Maryland Pao, Ph D, MPH NIMH; Lisa Horowitz, Ph D, MPH, NIMH; David Brent, MD, University of Pittsburg; Anne Moss Rogers, Pres. Beacon Tree Foundation

Apparently, I was their first, too. The first suicide loss survivor to speak at such an event at National Institute of Mental Health.

I was the short talk at the end of some brilliant presentations and exciting new research on suicide prevention, creating treatment plans and information on ketamine, read more

A happening day for speaking up and out!

Friday started out with a message from Connie. “Are you interested in seeing Glenn Close at the Richmond Forum?” I’m thinking, whatever I have, it’s cancelled! Yes, I am interested! A friend of hers has tickets she can’t use.

Connie says Kristi is expecting my call. read more