The Emotionally Naked Speaker
About Anne Moss
Anne Moss is her first name. It’s a southern thing. She is an author and Emotionally Naked® motivational speaker who inspires audiences break up with mental health stigma to prevent suicide.
Despite the family’s best efforts, her 20-year-old son Charles died by suicide 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 passion of dragging uncomfortable topics into the spotlight to save lives.
She has written a book, due out in October 2019, 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 now lives in Richmond, Virginia, with her husband, Randy. They raised two sons, the late Charles Aubrey Rogers, 20, and Richard, 26, a filmmaker living his dream in LA. Charles’ dog Andy is still lively at age 13, turning gray, jumping across the rocks at the James River and barking at babies in strollers as they walk by the front of the house.
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Turning Pain into Purpose
Stories of inspiration and hope from the Emotionally Naked blogStart the Conversation
Emotionally Naked Leadership
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Googling Ways to Die
Social media, online search and its role in suicide preventionStart the Conversation
Your presentation style is so professional, with the warmth and passion needed for such an emotional story. We were totally captivated.
—Judy Harrison, Presentation Attendee
Anne Moss educates through her powerful personal story of loss that serves as a wake-up call to the audience. Despite the heavy subject matter of the topic, I do not find her presentation dark and dismal, but surprisingly inspiring and full of hope.
—Ted Abernathy MD, Pediatrician
Anne Moss turned her grief into making the world a better place by tackling the critical public health threat of youth suicide. She is articulate, genuine and can convey her message about saving young lives in an incredibly inspiring manner. It is a pleasure and privilege to work with her.
—Lisa M. Horowitz, PhD, MPH, Staff Scientist/Clinical Psychologist NIMH
It was awesome to hear someone come and just be real about everything. You are totally my favorite and most relatable speaker so far! I did really appreciate you coming. You are amazing!
—15 year old student, Cosby High School
Anne Moss was a pleasure to work with throughout the planning of our event. Since the first interaction, she wanted to know our expectations and audience so she would know how to adequately adjust her presentation. We loved her message and she exceeded our company’s vision for our event. Highly recommend Anne Moss; moving story, amazing presentation.
—Kallie Butler, Communications and Marketing Director, Wellstone Behavioral Health, Huntsville, AL
I want to say thank you dearly for sharing how you changed one of the worst events in your life to a turning point in your life. The story of your son, Charles’ drug addiction and anxiety and addiction has inspired me to speak up if I do need any help and has encouraged me to reach out to anyone who has been experience anything similar. Your courage inspires me.
—15 year old student, Cosby High School
Thank you so much for your visit to our jail and specifically the members of our Heroin Addiction Recovery Program (HARP). The education and awareness you brought to the often ignored topic of suicide was priceless and I know changed lives in that room….Beyond that, the hope and inspiration you left them with will carry on in more ways than education, you will save lives! Emotionally Naked is a Godsend and a life saver. Keep up the great work!
—Sheriff Karl Leonard, Founder of HARP, Heroin Addicts Recovery Program, Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office
We received such amazing feedback from your presentation and the students gained such important knowledge and information that may help them when they are in the field and on the front lines working with individuals suffering from depression and addiction. Your story and experience provides a perspective that cannot be taught in a textbook.
—Julia Rice Stokes, MSW, LMSW, CLCP, Teacher, VCU School of Social Work