the emotionally naked speaker
mental health, suicide prevention, grief speaker from Richmond, VA
Book: Diary of a Broken Mind
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
“Your presentation was absolutely mesmerizing. It was very factual and for the physicians in the audience it was an eye-opening experience. We look forward to reading your book.”
—K. Singh Sahni, M.D., FACS, Neurosurgeon, Chairman of Neuroscience & Medical Director Gamma Knife Center at Johnston Willis Hospital
“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
“Many teens left your class ready to open up about the issues they were facing with the other adult teen/youth workers at the YMCA Leader’s Club Regional rally. Your class was a bridge that encouraged teens and some of the attending parents to have those difficult conversations about self-love, authenticity, depression, grief and teen suicide. One teen in particular, who identifies as transgender, expressed how your class helped him accept who he is becoming. He also shared he once thought about dying by suicide and was ashamed but after hearing that others were facing the same issues helped him realize he was not alone.”
—Janice Hughes, Associate Director of Teens at YMCA of Greater Richmond
“The way that Anne Moss started her presentation talking about the real-life story really captivated and moved everyone that was in attendance. She showed a tremendous passion for the work that she is doing and you could hear it in every word that she spoke.”
—Christopher Kurz, Commercial Relationship Manager – Fulton Bank
“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
“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
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
Signs of suicide in teens 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
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. Charles’ dog, Andy is 13 and barks at babies in strollers as they walk by the front of the house.
Anne Moss is a trainer for the 4-hour evidence-based training called safeTALK