the emotionally naked speaker
mental health, suicide prevention, grief speaker from Richmond, VA
Audience: Parents and teachers concerned with substance misuse. This topic can be tailored to focus on the needs of different audiences such as grief and suicide prevention.
Audience: Those who work with people who are at risk of suicide, those who work with the bereaved by suicide, and those who have lost someone to suicide or drug-related death.
Publishing August 2021
Emotionally Naked: A Teacher’s Guide to Preventing Suicide and Recognizing Students at Risk
Publisher: Jossey-Bass, a division of Wiley Publishing
SafeTALK is an evidence-based half-day (4-hour) training program that teaches participants to recognize and engage persons who might be having thoughts of suicide and connect them with community resources trained in suicide intervention. Download a safeTALK information sheet
“Anne Moss Rogers is probably the most resilient person I know. She has managed to turn grief into action and she is a suicide prevention champion. I had the pleasure of presenting with her at the Pediatric Academic Societies conference and her part was absolutely the best. She received a standing ovation from the audience. I have been to this conference for two decades and I have never seen any speaker receive a standing ovation.” (See the video testimonial above.)
—Lisa M. Horowitz, PhD, MPH, Staff Scientist/Clinical Psychologist National Institute of Mental Health
It was a joy to meet you and I want to encourage you, and believe you are doing just what God wants you to do. Your presentation was powerful, poignant, yet intimate. I will pass the information on to other bereavement counselors.
—Peggy Graeser, GriefShare Counselor
“Anne Moss Rogers tells her tragedy and healing with passion and love. She relates to young people in a very unique and powerful way that few adults can. Her message is critical to all, particularly the teenage population. We are extremely grateful for her.”
—Cassie Rogers, Health Science Specialty Center Coordinator, Cosby High School
“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
“Anne Moss’s speech was incredibly powerful and motivates me to do more to save kids and stop the suicide epidemic.”
—Patrick Rizzuto, MD, Pediatrician, VCU
Thanks so much for coming. I had a great time hearing you speak and giving such great advice that I feel college students around the world need to hear!
—Sydney Sears, Student, Virginia State University
“Anne Moss Rogers shared her story of her son’s struggle with mental illness, substance abuse, and losing his life to suicide. This impactful message has encouraged and inspired Mental Health America Augusta to make Suicide prevention and Mental Health First Aid a top priority!”
—Crystal W.Heinz, MHS, Executive Director, Mental Health America-Augusta
“Charles’s story, your story, must be told. What an incredible grief journey you have traveled, coming from where you were just 5 years ago to the impact you are making today in so many lives. The stigma of suicide needs to be told and you are the person to do that. Your story resonates with bereaved parents and offers them a way forward..it is beneficial not only to parents of suicide victims but to all bereaved parents because most, if not all the emotions you mention, we encounter.”
—Bob Burash, Chapter Leader, Bereaved Parents USA
“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.”
—Sheriff Karl Leonard, Founder of HARP, Heroin Addicts Recovery Program, Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office
Most Requested Topics
Turning Pain into Purpose
Inspiring emotionally naked stories of saving lives by sharing and connecting with others. Stories of hope and healing, and Anne Moss’s evolution of finding purpose after loss. Themes include: Grief, suicide, addiction, mental illness, healing and hope.
Virtual | Video
Emotionally Naked Truth About Suicide
Signs of suicide in teens/young adults including social media posts. Small shifts that create an environment of student wellness, how to seamlessly build connection and coping skills into school culture. Themes: Mental illness, addiction, suicide, coping strategies
Diary of a Broken Mind
A mother’s story, a son’s addiction and suicide. The emotionally naked story of Charles and how Anne Moss coped with the pain of his death. This presentation includes an interactive coping skills exercise. For colleges/high schools. Program can emphasize substance misuse message. Program Flyer
Funeral Directors Topic:
Mental Health Speaker
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 award-winning book, Diary of a Broken Mind, and 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 a trainer for the 4-hour evidence-based training called safeTALK