YWCA 2019 Pat Asch Fellowship Winner is…

Someone has faith in my cause. They didn’t reject it because it was a taboo subject or turn away because I lost a son to addiction and suicide. I’m so honored to win this fellowship towards coaching, classes, conferences and more to help push forward my cause of social justice–youth suicide prevention.

I look forward to connecting with past winners and forging new relationships. Say goodbye to mental health stigma.

Not only will I be working on building my professional speaking business including a special focus on area colleges, I will continue to implement Preventure, a life skills training for youth that has been shown to reduce drug and alcohol use in schools by up to 80%. That in partnership with VCU Institute of Drug & Alcohol Studies and Dr. Jasmin Vassileva. I also advocate for the integration of ASQ Suicide screening tool into medical practice and healthcare settings. And in October 2019, my book, Diary of a Broken Mind, will be published to further break down stigma.

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Anne Moss Rogers

I am the mother of two boys and the owner of emotionally naked, a site that reached a quarter million people in its first 18 months. I am a writer and professional public speaker on the topics of suicide, addiction, mental illness, and grief and my book, Diary of a Broken Mind, will be published in the fall. I lost my youngest son, Charles, 20, to suicide June 5, 2015. 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. Professional Speaker Website

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