My owner died by suicide. Will you walk with us in his honor?

Andy Rogers
Andy Rogers

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 read more

Family tree heart – #griefheart number 138

griefheart
Family tree heart

When my son died by suicide, I did not erase him from my family tree. So I started a new tradition that allows us to grieve the loss of a loved one that died by suicide. To honor their struggles. Without shame. That’s what the #griefheart project is all about. Charles will always have a place read more

Mark’s heart – #griefheart number 137

Mark's heart
Mark’s heart

Mark Edmund Moore made this for his mother on Mother’s Day. It represents love for his mother. And love for chocolate. Mark was born January 10, 1991 and died April 28, 2013 from bacterial endocarditis which is an infection causing congestive heart failure.

Mark had been in recovery for 9 read more

7 reasons I think we are seeing more teen depression

depression-charlesWhen I talk to people, this subject often comes up. Mental illness in teens is on the rise.

Why? Here are some of the reasons I think it’s gotten worse.

1. Lack of Connection

As technology has improved, our lives have gotten busier as a result of easier access. We tend to pack in more than is humanly possible read more

Love notes in the sky – #griefheart 136

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Love notes in the sky

I read in Charles’ music, how much he wanted to be in the clouds. They represented peace and relief from his pain. They do for me, too. Always have. I think of these as love notes in the sky from my child that died by suicide.

This one from Amy. I love it because there is all that Carolina blue read more

Carb heart – #griefheart number 135

Carb heart
Carb heart

Charles loved his carbs. Bagel bites, pizza, cheese sandwiches, rolls, cereal, pop tarts. Vegetables? Rarely. Fruit? Sure if I cut it up and put it in front of him. His diet drove me bananas!

This one was sent to me by Carole Goforth. I got all of y’all seeing hearts everywhere. Suicide awareness read more

Be the change if you’re not seeing the change you want – #JRW16

Anne Moss Rogers, speaker presenter mental illness, suicide and social media
Melissa Scott Sinclair on the left, me on the right. By Lisa Mistry

Thank you Lisa Mistra for this illustration. Love it! Melissa Scott Sinclair was the moderator, a talented author and writer for Richmond magazine and Style Weekly and I am the presenter on the topic of personal branding.

If you are an aspiring author in Richmond, Virginia, read more

Dreamcatcher heart – #griefheart number 134

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“My brother Jefferson Joseph Blanton-Harris (“Joey”) was 25 years old when he died by suicide on 5/20/13. He is my little “bwudder,” and always will be. I chose the blue color buttons in this photo because he has the most beautiful, striking blue eyes.

He has 7 older read more

Looking for an 18-25 year old suicide attempt survivor in Richmond, VA

tumblr_nb8hefbdmE1snfb0yo1_r1_400September is suicide awareness month.

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 read more

Overdose Awareness Day heart – #griefheart number 133

Overdose awareness day heart
Overdose awareness day heart

From top right and around: Chaney Corley, died by suicide from overdose; Joshua Hasnas, overdose (possible suicide), Billy Derr, overdose; John Henry Watkins, overdose; Marshall Colglazier, overdose; Dawson Pettit, overdose; Josh Kaski, overdose. Center: My first cousin’s second born, Reece read more