Are you feeling fulfilled?

by Alden Gregory

It’s easy to be busy. Our schedules are filled with appointments to attend, lists to mark off, tasks to finish, deadlines to meet, and goals to accomplish.

We can go through the motions of our days without thinking of much else. We wonder if we should pursue a deeper purpose or loftier goals. But when the boxes are checked and the day has come to an end, when we are given a moment to be alone with our thoughts, why don’t we feel complete?

Our lives are often made whole by … Read more...

Nobody Cares

How many times has this phrase nagged your conscious? My guess is you’ve struggled with this at one time or another.

In grief, the sad sap “nobody cares” mantra played on repeat in my head and I had to fight it with self talk. The world dared to move on without my son in it. It kept rotating, people kept drinking coffee, driving to work, and going about their day even though my heart and my motherhood was pummeled by the news Charles had taken his life.

Nudging myself out of “nobody cares” mode was like pushing a car through … Read more...

Support groups aren’t therapy but they are therapeutic

Whether it’s a group of peers, or loved ones gathering in regards to the addiction, mental illness or death of a loved one, support groups are one of the best options for recovery. And yes, even the loved ones need recovery.

Some people think support groups are a bunch of tree-hugging hippies, wearing robes, singing kumbaya while swaying back and forth holding hands. Many people struggle for years, yet resist attending a support group. Excuses range from, “It takes too much time” to “They’ll not be my kind of people.”

I have a news flash for you. There will be … Read more...

My cert from NAMI Family-to-Family Class

Family to Family is a class offered through NAMI, National Alliance of Mental Illness. It’s free due to their fundraising efforts and it’s a class that is offered through twelve sessions. Sometimes once a week for 12 weeks and sometimes twice a week for 6 weeks.

Since I recommend it to others, I decided to take it myself. It’s a valuable course for those who live with a loved one who suffers mental illness and many NAMI chapters around the country offer the course in your area if you are in the United States.

You can go to the … Read more...

Press Release: Anne Moss Roger’s Powerful ‘Diary of a Broken Mind’

NEWS
FROM BEACH GLASS BOOKS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Ray McAllister, Ray@RayMcAllisterBooks.com

TO BE PUBLISHED OCTOBER 1 BY BEACH GLASS BOOKS

diary of a broken mind memoir by anne moss rogers charles rogers
ISBN: 978-0-9987881-6-6
$16.95 paperback. Non-fiction.
6×9 inches, 304 pages, Publishes October 1, 2019. BEACHGLASSBOOKS.COM

Beach Glass Books is proud to announce the October 1, 2019, publishing of DIARY OF A BROKEN MIND: A Mother’s Story, a Son’s Suicide, and the Haunting Lyrics He Left Behind, by Anne Moss Rogers, with her late son, Charles.

THE FUNNIEST, MOST POPULAR KID IN SCHOOL, Charles Aubrey Rogers suffered from depression and later addiction, then ultimately died … Read more...

Soul Sisters – Losing my friend to an eating disorder

by Jessica Lucas

Jessica Lucas

It was the day of the Leeza talk show taping. The topic: eating disorders. I walked into the Hollywood studio prepared to talk about the one thing that tormented and tortured me every day, anorexia, and I had never felt so overwhelmed, frightened, and alone – even as I was surrounded by hundreds of studio audience members.

“No one understands. No one gets it. No one can relate. No one will care. I’ll sound crazy. I’m not sick enough. I’m not smart enough. I’m not articulate enough. I’m not thin enough. I won’t make any … Read more...

September is National Recovery Month

National Recovery Month is an observance in September to educate Americans that substance use treatment and mental health services can empower those with a mental illness and/or substance use disorder to live a healthy and rewarding life. Recovery Month provides a vehicle for everyone to celebrate these accomplishments.

The observance reinforces the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can and do recover.

Do share posts from this site to educate others on mental illness and substance use disorder to encourage those who are in recovery and even the ones … Read more...

Met with Paul Gilmartin, host of Mental Illness Happy Hour

In my trip to Los Angeles to visit my son, I had reached out to Paul Gilmartin, host of the popular podcast, Mental Illness Happy Hour. Initially, I was interested in being a guest. I still am, however, Paul was booked out for the next few months so he asked if I wanted to get together for lunch. So that’s what we did.

Paul starred in a show called Dinner and a Movie and did a lot of comedy before hosting the his popular podcast.

Each of us shared our stories. He has suffered from mental illness and addiction and … Read more...

Raising children in a digital world

Parenting is not and has never been an easy job. Each generation poses new challenges that the generation before has not faced. Raising children in today’s digital environment throws curve balls and introduces issues that are unprecedented. In addition, the digital and technology changes so fast, faster than any other times in our lives.

I was raising my two boys when the digital age literally moved in and the world of parenting shifted on its axis. I remember looking at my youngest son as he celebrated the acquisition of his first flip phone and remember thinking, “Will we regret this? … Read more...