Diary of a Broken Mind focuses on the relatable story of what led to his suicide at age twenty and answers the why behind his addiction and this cause of death, revealed through a mother’s story and years of Charles’ published and unpublished song lyrics. The closing chapters focus on hope and healing—and how the author found her purpose and forgave herself.
Diary of a Broken Mind is a poignant and powerful story written with telling detail and searing honesty—and hope. It is an inside look at the issues of depression, addiction, and suicide affecting so many families. It is a book that won’t easily be forgotten.
“ANNE MOSS AND HER LATE SON, Charles, bring tragedy, hope and healing through the pages of Diary of
a Broken Mind. The unimaginable pain and suffering that countless American families go through as a result of a loved one’s addiction and suicide is real. Through the lens of her son’s musical lyrics, Anne Moss Rogers explores the questions these families ask themselves … Why? And throughout the process, we all learn how to find purpose—even through some of our darkest moments.”
– RYAN HAMPTON, Author, American Fix: Inside the Opioid Crisis—and How to End It
Anne Moss Rogers is a writer, owner of the blog, Emotionally Naked, and professional speaker who captures hearts and fills them with hope. Since 2010, she has been a board member of Beacon Tree Foundation and an advocate for youth mental health. She is also a 2019 YWCA Pat Asch Fellowship for Social Justice winner.
Charles Rogers was born April 26, 1995, and died by suicide, as a result of depression and addiction on June 5, 2015. He loved dogs, funky socks, drama, writing, performing rap, and making people laugh. But most of all, he loved and cared about people.
He suffered third-degree burns over 85% of his body and spent the next year recovering in hospitals and rehab facilities. During that year of physical recovery, Runyon began to question what he’d done, undertaking the complicated journey from near-death back to high school, and from suicide back to the emotional mainstream of life.