Leading change for a taboo topic

I have been advocating for mental health, specifically youth mental health, since 2010. While my son Charles was still alive, not yet diagnosed with depression and I didn’t know he was suffering from thoughts of suicide, the system read more

WRIR Zero Hour Radio Show With Tim Bowring and Anne Moss Rogers

97.3 FM Public Radio in Richmond VA. Transcript is below and the show is thirty minutes. Perfect for listening in the car.

Anne Moss Rogers and Tim Bowring of WRIR Zero Hour Richmond, VA
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My son died in a hell hole

My mental illness feeds me lies about myself

by Paul Buskey

Many of us have heard the song “Praying” by Kesha on the radio.  Inspired by her lowest moments of her professional and personal life during which she dealt with depression and thoughts of suicide.

It’s very difficult to get others to understand what we hear from our own minds read more

Are we normal people any more?

I am often out somewhere, going to the grocery or drug store, doing normal people things but feeling I’m not normal any more.

Today, we were driving back from visiting my parents in North Carolina and I watched parents in Chick-fil-A with their kids. I remember when we did those things with read more

Event at Partners in Parenting

Check out her shirt and my skirt! It’s like we shared a memo but we didn’t. I so  enjoyed presenting to Partners in Parenting. This group is one of the referring partners for Beacon Tree and i love what they are doing, focusing on the whole family.

It was after talking to a group read more

10 things you can do to prevent suicide, build resilience in your kids

Note: This probably has a ton of typos! Do excuse. I’ll catch them on reread. 

Obviously, if you have an actively suicidal child in eminent danger, you need to call 911,  your local crisis hotline (your best bet compared to national line), or the national crisis hotline.

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Anne Moss’ Interview with America Out Loud: Dr. Stem Show

Turning Pain into Purpose, Starting a New Chapter after a Devastating Loss

Dr. Stem is a really good interviewer, pointing out and focusing on particular points that are of interest to parents of teenagers. I so enjoyed doing this interview and I hope you get something out of it. Please share if you would.

America Out Loud Podcasts on iTunes

Listen to the podcast on America Out Loud

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.

Maybe this isn’t read more

Was I a failure as a mother?

When my child killed himself, the first thing I thought about– when I could, in fact, think– was that he left because of something I didn’t do right. What kind of shitty mother was I that my child checked out on me? I saw it as a failure at the one job that meant most to me read more

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