You are an emotionally naked badass if…

You talk openly (without whispering) on taboo subjects related to mental illness, addiction, suicide or grief

You lost a loved one to suicide and get out of bed every morning

You lost loved one to overdose and manage to brush your teeth daily

You lost a child to any cause of death and you joined a support group

Thoughts of suicide are something you live with and you have reached out for help

You survived a suicide attempt and went back to school or work

You have a mental illness and you have a job (any job)

You are in recovery from addiction and you have a place to live

Talking about these topics makes you supremely uncomfortable but you do it anyway

You are currently using but reaching out for help to find recovery

You had the guts to start or join a mental wellness group at your school

You have the guts to stand up and share your story

You’ve taken any mental health or suicide prevention training

You started a support group or offer peer-to-peer support

If you give back and volunteer for a nonprofit focused on any of these topics

You are not afraid of crying in front of another human being

You are a veteran or LGBTQ and shown the courage to talk to someone about thoughts of suicide

Despite multiple relapses, you keep going back into recovery

Say, “I love you,” to a family member who suffers from mental illness including addiction

You have listened with empathy to a friend who is hurting

You had to tell someone that a friend was thinking of suicide

Random acts of kindness are part of your DNA

A sunset is something you savor even if you have suffered any or all of the above

You have ever shared, commented, or written a post for emotionally naked

You’ve ever worn your emotionally naked shirt in public and boldly answered the question, “What is emotionally naked?”

Are you an emotionally naked badass?

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Anne Moss Rogers

I am an emotionally naked mental health speaker, and author of the Book, Diary of a Broken Mind and co-author with Kim O'Brien PhD, LICSW of Emotionally Naked: A Teacher's Guide to Preventing Suicide and Recognizing Students at Risk. I raised two boys, Richard and Charles, and lost my younger son, Charles to addiction and suicide on June 5, 2015. I help people foster a culture of connection to prevent suicide, reduce substance misuse and find life after loss. My motivational mental health keynotes, training and workshop topics include suicide prevention, addiction, mental illness, anxiety, coping strategies/resilience, and grief. As talented and funny as Charles was, letting other people know they matter was his greatest gift. And now the legacy I try and carry forward in my son's memory. Mental Health Speakers Website. Trained in ASIST and trainer for the evidence-based 4-hour training for everyone called safeTALK.

8 thoughts on “You are an emotionally naked badass if…”

  1. Hi. Forgive me for my ignorance but I’m not sure if I got it right. What is an “emotionally naked badass”? Is it the way that other people see and think about the “emotionally naked”, a negative judgement? I’m a little confused.
    Yours sincerely
    Christian Mai Rodrigues

    1. Emotionally naked means being vulnerable. Allowing yourself to feel and to express those feelings. But it’s not negative. The name of the blog is emotionally naked and I started it after my son’s death by suicide and started writing on this blog, basically making it an online journal. It was very uncomfortable.

      If you have struggled with addiction, mental illness, thoughts of suicide or had a loved one who did or lost a loved one and you’ve done even one of the items on the list, I want people to celebrate and give themselves credit. This journey is very hard and much of what we face here is very difficult. Someone else’s addiction or mental illness, our in facing our own losses. Does that help? Thank you for asking. Feel free to keep asking questions if I’ve not made it clear.

  2. Um Hi,
    So my friend started cutting and her boyfriend told the office at our school. She had to leave for the office during 7th period and came back at 8th during study hall crying. She told me what happened and that she hated her boyfriend. They almost broke up. She had to leave when 8th period was almost over. When school was over she texted me they had made up, but she now has to go to therapy every Monday. I don’t know how to be supportive. I wanted to tell her that I have to go to therapy for certain things that happen that give me panic attacks but that just seems annoying.

    1. Norah – First I think that boyfriend did something very brave. I know it was hard for him but he did it out of concern. And I think it would be fine for you to share that fact to open up conversation. I go to therapy too is a way to start. Just say you are willing to listen. Human connection helps the other person and it helps you. The more face to face time you spend with others instead of on the phone is very healthy. So you are on the right track and you sound like an understanding and empathetic friend.

  3. Dear Ann
    Senator Creigh Deeds of Charlottesville VA won a settlement for the death of his son at his family home : no one in his hometown/ area had a psyc hospital bed available That night the dear son of Senator Deeds was homicidal / suicidal Senator Deeds lost his son to suicide and nearly his own life
    You may be familiar with the story ?
    Senator Deeds has made legislative changes to make sure this never happens to another Virginian

    1. He and I have met. He has commented here although I feel sure he doesn’t know me. I am familiar with his story and love what a champion for mental health he has become in terms of policy. That is a weakness for me and glad someone knows the system.

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