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About Anne Moss Rogers
Anne Moss is her first name. It’s a southern thing. She is TEDx storyteller, the 2019 YWCA Pat Asch Fellow for social justice, author of the book, Diary of a Broken Mind, and Emotionally Naked: A Teacher's Guide to Preventing Suicide and Recognizing Students at Risk. She is an Emotionally Naked® motivational speaker who helps people foster a culture of connection to prevent suicide, reduce substance misuse, and find life after loss.
Despite her family’s best efforts, Anne Moss’s 20-year-old son Charles died by suicide on June 5, 2015, after many years of struggle with anxiety, depression, and ultimately addiction. Anne Moss started a blog, EmotionallyNaked.com, and chronicled her family’s tragedy in a newspaper article that went viral. After receiving a message from a young lady who wrote that one of her blog posts saved her life, Anne Moss sold her digital marketing business and followed her purpose of preventing suicide and reducing the stigma of addiction and mental illness.
She has been featured in the New York Times and was the first suicide loss survivor ever invited to speak at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).
Originally from North Carolina, she graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill and lives in Richmond, Virginia, with her husband, Randy. They raised two sons, the late Charles Aubrey, 20, and Richard, 26, a filmmaker living his dream in LA.
Anne Moss is also a trainer for the 4-hour evidence-based training called safeTALK.
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"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why behind his addiction and this cause of death, revealed through a mother’s story and years of Charles’ published and unpublished song lyrics.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 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"
Discover effective strategies to help prevent youth suicide
In Emotionally Naked: A Teacher’s Guide to Preventing Suicide and Recognizing Students at Risk, trainer, speaker, and suicide loss survivor Anne Moss Rogers, and clinical social worker and researcher, Kimberly O’Brien, PhD, LICSW, empower middle and high school educators with the knowledge and skills to leverage their relationships with students to reduce this threat to life.
The purpose of this book is not to turn teachers into therapists but given the pervasive public health problem of suicide in our youth, it’s a critical conversation that all educators need to feel comfortable having. Educators will learn evidence-based concepts of suicide prevention, plus lesser known innovative strategies and small culture shifts for the classroom to facilitate connection and healthy coping strategies, the foundation of suicide prevention. Included is commentary from teachers, school psychologists, experts in youth suicidology, leaders from mental health nonprofits, program directors, and students. In addition, readers will find practical tips, and sample scripts, with innovative activities that can be incorporated into teaching curricula.
You’ll learn about:
- The teacher’s role in suicide prevention, intervention, postvention, collaboration
- The different and often cryptic ways students indicate suicidality
- What to do/say when a student tells you they are thinking of suicide
- Small shifts that can create a suicide-prevention classroom/school environment
- How to address a class of grieving students and the empty desk syndrome
- Link to a download of resources, worksheets, activities, scripts, quizzes, and more
Who is it for:
Middle/high school teachers and educators, school counselors, nurses, psychologists, coaches, and administrators, as well as parents who wish to better understand the complex subject of youth suicide.