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SPEAKING: Beacon of Hope 2018, Huntsville AL

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Date(s) - Thu, 05/10/2018
11:00 am-1:00 pm EDT

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Jackson Center 
6001 Moquin Dr NW, Huntsville, AL, 35806

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Topic: An Emotionally Naked Look at Stigma

Anne Moss Rogers’ 20-year-old son, Charles Aubrey Rogers, died by suicide June 5, 2015 after many years of struggle with anxiety, depression, and a heroin addiction in the last 9 months of his life.

This is her family’s story of struggling to find help for her son’s mental illness and drug abuse for five years prior to his death. Her story of Charles and the creative genius he was. How the stigma of mental illness and addiction affected Charles and created roadblocks for finding care, resources and emotional support.

Charles’ death did not mark the end of her journey but the beginning of a new one. One that refuses to carry on the tradition of whispering or being ashamed of loved ones who suffer from mental illness or addiction. One that includes never suffering in silence ever again and finding solutions to a broken mental health system.

Takeaways:
  • Our greatest wisdom is often the result of our deepest wounds
  • How we can overcome stigma
  • Mental illness and addiction should be treated together
  • Unforgettable moments create opportunities to be extraordinary

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Anne Moss Rogers

I am an emotionally naked TEDx speaker, and author of the Book, Diary of a Broken Mind and co-author with Kim O'Brien PhD, LICSW of Emotionally Naked: A Teacher's Guide to Preventing Suicide and Recognizing Students at Risk. I raised two boys, Richard and Charles, and lost my younger son, Charles to substance use disorder and suicide on June 5, 2015. I help people foster a culture of connection to prevent suicide, reduce substance misuse and find life after loss. My motivational, training and workshop topics include suicide prevention, addiction, mental illness, coping strategies/resilience, and grief. As talented and funny as Charles was, letting other people know they matter was his greatest gift. And now the legacy I try and carry forward in my son's memory. Professional Speaker Website. Trained in ASIST and trainer for the evidence-based 4-hour training for everyone called safeTALK.

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