Team Charles in memory of my youngest child

team charles

Team Charles 2017

In memory of my son Charles’ struggle with depression and addiction, and death by suicide, I invite you to come walk with me and my team at the Richmond Out of the Darkness Walk.

This is a walk to support those with lived experience, those who have survived a suicide loss and to remember those read more

Ride to Stop Suicide Segment on WRIC

This is a two minute video from with our interview about the Ride to Stop Suicide Poker Run. Ned Morris from the Pipehitter’s Motorcycle Club who is hosting the event and I with WRIC anchor Kerry O’Brien. See the video.

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The event is Sat, Sept 23, 9am-2pm. Register here.

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Suicide prevention week

suicide prevention week

Everything I do for addiction and suicide prevention is in memory of my son Charles Rogers who died by suicide June 5, 2015.

After my world was shattered, I thought I’d reach a point when I didn’t think of Charles every day. I had no idea what grief was all about. I still do think read more

What do those thinking of suicide say?

I’ve published Charles’ tweets and facebook posts but these are examples from a wide variety of people who are thinking of suicide. All ages and genders.

These are real life examples shared with me by those who have lived experience and others from relatives of loved ones who have read more

‘People choose to be depressed,’ said my father

by Logan, 13

trapped

Father.

A word that taunted me for years but seemed to give everyone around me an immense sense of joy.

I would ask myself constantly, “Why don’t I feel the same?” I knew why and I would remind myself what I had been taught about my feelings. They’re insignificant. My feelings and read more

Latest article in Richmond Family Magazine

When a Child Dies by Suicide

7 Things I Wish I had Known About Depression and Suicide

Our state ranks forty-seventh for treatment of childhood major depression – the leading risk factor for suicide. That means seven out of ten Virginia kids most at risk for suicide don’t get the help they need.

My family lived that statistic. My son died from it. After years of struggle read more

‘Oh yeah, I saw that coming!’

Said no one. Ever.

Maybe some small percentage of people saw a suicide of a friend or family member coming. I’ve not yet met that person though. And I’ve talked to hundreds. I am sure they are out there. But they aren’t the majority.

Most of the parents and people I talk with read more

Ride to Stop Suicide, Richmond VA

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Ned Morris and I appeared on WTVR Virginia This Morning to Talk about the Poker Run in Richmond, VA to raise money for suicide prevention for youth in Virginia.

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When: Sat, Sept 23, 2017, 9am-2pm

Where: Capital Ale House, 13831 Village Place Dr, Midlothian, VA 23114

Who: The read more