If I had to describe myself in one word, it would be fighter. Throughout my whole journey I have had to fight day in and day out to find happiness. I have had to fight for the one thing I have always wanted the most, full recovery.
For those who don’t know me, here is my story
I’ve always had insecurities and struggles–the biggest was separation anxiety from my mom.
In elementary school, I remember running to my mom who worked at the school, and clinging to her as my teacher pulled me off. I know now … Read more...
Join me with guest Summer DeCoste as she tells her story about coming back to life after a suicide attempt. What’s recovery like? Medication? How has stigma affected recovery? Submit questions! This is Summer’s first time speaking out on this subject.
Hi, my name is Andy Rogers and I am going to walk with my family in the AFSP Out of the Darkness walk in Richmond, VA for suicide awareness and prevention. I would love for you to be on Team Charles with me or donate to Andy Rogers’ page if you cannot be there to walk.
Charles used to throw the ball with me all the time. And I used to sleep with him in his bed. He would sneak food to me when our mom was not looking. He took me on walks, laughed when I chased rabbits and … Read more...
For my Facebook LIVE event on Sunday, September 11 from 6:30pm-7pm, I’d like to have a 18-28 year old suicide attempt survivor join me to talk about what he/she went through and offer a message that raises awareness and inspires hope.
I consulted with a board member at the Virginia Chapter of the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention for the guidelines below in finding this person.
Here’s what I’m Looking For
Male or female, age 18-28. It can be two people although we will be crowded. But I’m up for it.
I love this scene. One of my favorites of all time from the memorable 70’s movie, Network. I have not seen a movie this good in years. It illustrates how frustrated I feel about the loss of so many lives of young people especially in the last few years
How many thousands more kids do we have to lose to overdose and suicide before we make genuine change? Before we talk more openly? Before we demand more affordable treatment options for people with mental illness? Before we declare addiction as a disorder and not a moral failing?
The irony in this rap song is downright eerie. And the bullying Cal endured ate at Charles.
Cal died by suicide almost exactly 2 years to the day before Charles did and by the same method. I don’t think Charles’ death was in any way a copycat. Charles wrote two songs that I have but I am sure in his lost notebooks he had others about Cal.
In the history of the wilderness program he attended in Clayton, GA, no two kids from the same hometown, much less the same high school ended up in the same group. Charles and … Read more...
Charles’ friend Michael’s brother sent this to me to share. Thank you for sharing Thomas. Keep writing! I can feel this in my soul. It will help other young adults to know they are not alone. Readers, please comment.
by Thomas Stewart
Better off asleep
I don’t wanna think
But shit I’m still counting sheep
Cleaning the vomit from the sink
I know that they love me
I know that they care
But they can’t fuckin’ see
Its my final frontier.
I’m flooded with tears
Hit it and shit disappears
Death I don’t fear
Shit, it’s invited
Me? I’m excited… Read more...
Charles Rogers was my son that died by suicide June 5, 2015. He was 20 years old and suffered from depression and addiction. I would ask that you please donate at least $25 for the walk. But if you do not have that, just come walk with us anyway!