Just Listen

If you want to prevent someone from killing themselves? Just listen.

If you want to help someone in recovery? Just listen.

If you want to help your friend who has suffered the death of a child? Just listen.

It’s something this extreme extrovert had to work at and a support group helped me find that organ called the ear. I learned that I got more out of the group if I used my ears more than my mouth.

In my presentations, I emphasize listening. Afterwards, people tell me their stories because that’s what they do once they hear mine. My story says, “It’s OK to share that ugly rolling nonstop in your head like a hamster wheel.”

Listening is way underrated.

It’s what connects us as humans and it is your most valuable currency– the best gift you can offer another human being. Sometimes it pays to be quiet.

Published by

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.

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