Mental Health & Suicide Prevention Speaker

From Richmond, Virginia

Watch Anne Moss’s 6-minute TEDx, “Can a Blog Save Lives?” Click on the Demo Video under the TEDx. (New demo coming soon.)

Speaking Topics: mental health, suicide, coping & resilience, grief and loss, anxiety, addiction, stigma, digital media and its Impact on youth mental health 

Best speaker on this subject that I have ever heard in 20 years in the “business.”

Vicki Hutman CS ICC, Founder at Vicki Hutman Mental Coaching and Sports Consulting

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meet Anne Moss Rogers

On stage or virtually, Anne Moss’s message is inspiring, relatable, and actionable.

Anne Moss is her first name. It’s a southern thing. She is an Emotionally Naked® motivational speaker who captures hearts and fills them with hope.

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,, that has reached millions and chronicled her family’s tragedy in a newspaper article that went viral.  After receiving a message from a young lady named Lauren who wrote that one of her blog posts save her life, Anne Moss sold her digital marketing business and followed her purpose of speaking on mental health topics.

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, a filmmaker living his dream in LA.

Anne Moss is the author of two books, the award-winning memoir, Diary of a Broken Mind and Emotionally Naked: A Teacher’s Guide to Preventing Suicide and Recognizing Students at Risk with co-writer Kim O’Brien Ph.D., LICSW.

Training & Certifications

  • Registered safeTALK suicide prevention trainer- #n42749
  • ASIST Trained: Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
  • ASK Trained: Focused on identifying, assessing, and helping 5-12 year olds at risk for suicide find hope for life
  • Youth Mental Health First Aid : 8-hour training
  • Preventure: Personality-targeted life skills training for youth shown to reduce drug/alcohol use in schools
  • Trauma-Informed Care Basics

  • Gym Neurocognitive Training for Addiction: with Hamed Ekhtiari, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Bereavement Support Group Facilitator training
  • DBT Steps-A in Schools: SEL curriculum based on DBT and mindfulness
  • SOP Peer Trained: Survivor Outreach Program through AFSP
  • REVIVE! Training: Emergency administration of Narcan® for opioid overdose

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“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

In Memory of Charles Aubrey Rogers, 1995-2015

Everything I do is in memory of my son, Charles Aubrey Rogers, the funniest, most popular kid in school who suffered from addiction and depression and died by suicide at age 20.

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Speaking 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 an unorthodox but surprisingly effective purpose after loss. Themes include grief, suicide, online search and social media, addiction, mental illness, healing, coping, and hope. Example program flyer

The Emotionally Naked Truth About Suicide

This topic can focus on youth, be a basic primer, or be for or about a specific audience (e.g. military, educators, corporations). The educator version focuses on small shifts that create an environment of student wellness, resilience, and how to build connection and coping skills into the school culture. Example Program Flyer.

Diary of a Broken Mind

A Mother’s Story About Coping & Resilience After Devastating Loss + Coping & Resilience Workshop. This is the emotionally naked story of Charles’s addiction, suicide, and how Anne Moss coped with the devastating grief. Includes DBT skills. Themes: resilience, coping strategies, hope, and healing. Student and Adult audiences. Example Program Flyer.


Social Media, Search and Suicide: How can we intervene online?

Digital marketing expert, Anne Moss Rogers uses the skills she once used to get orthopedic surgeons more leads online to reach those searching for a way to die. This presentation includes recognizing cries for help on social media & what to do. This unique presentation illustrates an innovative intervention with remarkable results. Example program flyer.

PD: The Emotionally Naked Truth About Student Suicide

Professional Development for educators on suicide prevention and intervention, or postvention (after a suicide loss) with Anne Moss Rogers. For ages K-12, and young adults. Anne Moss is one of the few with a program geared to elementary-age kids at risk and what to look for. Virtual or in person. Example program flyer.

Half Day Educator Workshop: Suicide Prevention, Intervention, Postvention

For educators, K-12, and universities. Ideal for a training or pre-conference workshop. About 3.5 hours (half-day). Rich with interactive activities, real-life examples, and case studies of how teachers have created a culture of suicide prevention in their classrooms. Example program flyer

Featured Testimonial

Lisa M. Horowitz, PhD, MPH, Clinical Psychologist, National Institute of Mental Health

“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.”

Services & Target Audiences

Education Market

Anne Moss speaks to school and university leaders, educators, and students. She offers virtual and in-person professional development, a half-day training on Suicide Prevention, Intervention, and Postvention and consults on topics of mental health, grief, suicide prevention, and coping skills.

Conferences & Summits

From keynote presentations to pre-conference workshops, training, at addiction and mental health summits, healthcare and education conferences, fundraising events, and more.  Contact Anne Moss if you want to inspire your audience through storytelling.


This includes can include what to do after a suicide, translating research concepts into practice, writers/producers who want to be responsible for topics related to mental health, app development, and companies who want information in order to update their policies.

Corporations & Workplaces

Anne Moss has done presentations to workplaces on suicide and mental health topics including addiction, grief, and anxiety. She focuses on emotional health and connection in the workplace for a healthy work culture through safety and HR departments.

Every single word that you said in that classroom that day touched my life. You helped me to wanna keep pushing and strive to even be half as strong as you are. So thank you, Mrs. Rogers. Thank you so much for sharing your story and helping me in ways I can’t even begin to truly explain.

Fifteen-year-old high school student

What does emotionally naked mean?

The closest definition is vulnerability.  But it’s actually vulnerability times 10. If you are looking for a speaker who is slick and super polished, you might want to look elsewhere. If you want someone who is authentic, will strip away the facade, and be real, AnneMoss is that speaker. Want to know more? See the blog post on this website. But then you might have landed here looking for the one and only original emotionally naked blog. 

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An award-winning memoir

suicide death memoir by a mother

Diary of a Broken Mind: A Mother’s Story, A Son’s Suicide, And The Haunting Lyrics He Left Behind, by Anne Moss Rogers with Charles Rogers. Publisher: Beach Glass Books. Bulk buys available. Available in the US and multiple countries. At Amazon.

I was on a flight to Florida and finished your book in one sitting. It was one of the most beautiful books I’ve ever read in my life. 

Kim O’Brien, PhD, LICSW, Boston Children’s Hospital, Co-founder Resilience Unlimited

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A amazon best seller for educators

emotionally naked teachers guide to preventing suicide

Emotionally Naked: A Teacher’s Guide to Preventing Suicide & Recognizing Students at Risk, by Anne Moss Rogers & Kimberly O’Brien PhD, LICSW. Publisher: Jossey-Bass, a Wiley Publishing brand. Available in the US and multiple countries.  At Amazon

This book is practical, easy to read and apply, and important support for any teacher who wants to be a real mental health ally to students. 

Suzanne Button, PhD., Sr Clinical Director, High School Programming, JED Foundation

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Free ebooks & ekits

Anne Moss has a library of free resources about mental health, building resilience in our children,  coping with grief, suicide grief, safety plan activities, connection and icebreaker activities for youth leaders and teachers + more. 

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Click on the podcast to listen.

The Cult of Pedagogy Podcast
Grief Out Loud - Suicide postvention. What schools can do
Life, Death, and the Space in Between
Hope to Recharge Podcast with Anne Moss Rogers
beliefcast podcast with anne moss rogers
mental illness happy hour with anne moss rogers
The Depression Files Podcast with Anne Moss Rogers and Al Levin
Hope Illuminated with Sally Spencer Thomas

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