Speaking at Millwood School this Thurs, March 21

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Getting Comfortable with an Uncomfortable Conversation- Breaking the silence on mental illness and suicide

Thursday, March 21, 2019 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT)

Millwood School – Robinson Hall 
15100 Millwood School Lane 
Midlothian, VA 23112

This is a community event! This presentation is about my journey to healing by dragging an unpopular topic into the spotlight, how parents can discern normal teen behavior from mental illness, the transitions that can cause problems for teens, and strategies for helping children build resilience.

Takeaways:
• What are the signs of suicide and how does someone … Read more... “Speaking at Millwood School this Thurs, March 21”

Signed a deal with a publisher!

My memoir, Diary of a Broken Mind, by Anne Moss Rogers and Charles Rogers, will be published in October 2019 by a traditional publisher, Beach Glass Books.

This book focuses on the relatable story of what lead to my son Charles’ shocking suicide at age twenty and answers the “why” behind this cause of death, revealed through my family’s story and years of his published and unpublished song lyrics. The last third of the book is a message of hope and healing.

Paperback will be first. Audio book six months later or so. And I have questions to ask you … Read more... “Signed a deal with a publisher!”

Do you want happiness or depression?

by Danny Gautama

I am not ashamed to tell you how bad my life was and how bad I struggled. I felt I was below rock bottom. It was like how hell felt like and I can imagine the Devil himself was winning the battle but I eventually won the War.

Depression was not pretty.

It was like living the worst day of my entire life over and over and over. It felt like Freddy Krueger and demons were haunting me in my dreams and this is just an understatement. It was horrible.

Some days I wanted to sleep in … Read more... “Do you want happiness or depression?”

I’m a recovered anorexic perfectionist

by Christina Tinker

So many people say “I hate public speaking “Aren’t you scared when you get up in front of a group to speak?” they ask.   And very honestly, I used to say, “NO! I love it!” And to some extent this is true. But it’s only half the story.

It was spring of 2015, when, with just a handful of family in the audience, I stood on a stage in a beautiful new theater just off the Riverwalk in San Antonio, and told 250 strangers… my deepest, darkest secret.
The room echoed with silence as I stepped up … Read more... “I’m a recovered anorexic perfectionist”

The Fighter!

by Danny Gautama

the fighter against ocd
Danny is the fighter

As a 5-11, over 240-pound man, if you saw me on the street you would not think anything is wrong with me. The truth though is far different — I have endured Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, depression and anxiety for most of my life.

My first incident occurred when I was just four years old

I watched Thriller and saw Michael Jackson turn into a werewolf. It traumatized me. When I started kindergarten, I would hide underneath tables because I was afraid my teacher would turn into a werewolf. I started seeing a psychiatrist … Read more... “The Fighter!”

Today is a Sunday. Life-ing is hard today.

by Anna Wieder

I choose the booth by the window because it seems like the first sunny day in forever.  I feel a surge of relief and a welcomed lift in sadness, as a I gaze out at the blue sky. 

In the background, I find the noise of many conversations comforting.  It keeps my feelings muted and calm. 

You see, this is a common Sunday spot, Panera. Part of my routine. With a book and a laptop and some work for the week.  I like how I can be alone, blend in, but still be surrounded by humans. I … Read more... “Today is a Sunday. Life-ing is hard today.”

Mental Health Film Screening Richmond, VA

Coming to a theatre in Richmond, VA, together with Beacon Tree foundation, I am screening this movie about a high school grad who finds himself in turmoil within his family as he battles coping with Bipolar disorder. Wed, 03/27/2019 7:30 pm-9:00 pm

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How nesting dolls are a vital part of my mental therapy

by Morgan Antoinette

It may seem that Russian nesting dolls – also known as Matryoshka dolls – are intended for just decorative purposes. Indeed, they can serve as a fine decoration piece in your room. There is a plentitude of themes in which nesting dolls can be painted, which is why they can have substantial decorative value.

This article isn’t about the decorative features of nesting dolls, however. Maybe, many people haven’t thought about it – me included at some point – but Russian nesting dolls can serve a therapeutic goal as well.

How? Let me explain how I view … Read more... “How nesting dolls are a vital part of my mental therapy”

Does childhood trauma cause mental illness?

by Jody B.

A close friend asked the other day how I think my trauma has contributed to the variety of mental illnesses I live with which got me to thinking that not only did it contribute to mental health issues, but it started so young that it in fact changed my entire development and personality. I never had a chance to develop properly, especially on the emotional side, because for me, there simply was never a time I wasn’t traumatized.

My birth mother was a cigarette smoking, drug addicted alcoholic who gave birth to me, a drug addicted, drunken … Read more... “Does childhood trauma cause mental illness?”

I need your stories. Because this kind of message never gets old

Names have been removed to protect the identity of the sender of the above message but these are the kinds of messages I get in response to both my story and yours. That’s why I need and want your emotionally naked stories. That’s why they are important.

Stories about managing a life with a loved one who suffers from substance abuse, how you cope after a loved one’s suicide or suicide attempt, how you manage thoughts of suicide or a mental illness, a memorial about your loved one that suffered from mental illness/addiction, your grief after loss of a loved … Read more... “I need your stories. Because this kind of message never gets old”