❤️“Anne Moss captures hearts and fills them with hope.”
As one of the top motivational mental health and suicide prevention speakers, AnneMoss comes to the subject as a mother who lost a child, Charles, to addiction and suicide. No presentation is “canned” but uniquely customized to the audience and always ends on a message of hope with moments of sadness as well as humor.
Topics include Turning Pain into Purpose, The Emotionally Naked Truth about Suicide (or student suicide), and How can we intervene online when people have lost all hope? Her main focuses are grief, mental health, stigma, resilience, and coping strategies workshops, creating a culture of connection and inclusion, and coming back to life after devastating loss.
She is a certified suicide prevention trainer, consultant, and has extensive training in mental health and suicide prevention, and is a co-facilitator of a suicide loss support group. She is a subject matter expert with two books, listed below.
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Why she became a mental health and suicide prevention speaker
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 to heroin. Anne Moss started this 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. She then followed her purpose of preventing suicide and reducing the stigma of addiction and mental illness and speaking to students on how she coped and found healing from the most devastating loss of her life.
Anne Moss is the 2019 winner of the YWCA Pat Asch Fellowship for social justice, NAMI Virginia board member, and author of the award-winning book, Diary of a Broken Mind. Her second book, Emotionally Naked: A Teacher’s Guide to Preventing Suicide and Recognizing Students at Risk through Wiley Publishing, is due out in August 2021.
She has spoken at: healthcare conferences, educational conferences, the National Institute of Mental Health, YMCA, high schools, colleges, hospitals, jails, funeral director associations, fundraisers, women’s clubs, grief and loss events, chambers of commerce, and more.
Anne Moss follows safe messaging guidelines and these themes, known as the four H’s.
Her family’s story
What helped her through the crisis
What coping strategies helped her heal
How she found hope during and after crisis
“Anne Moss Rogers 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.”
—Lisa M. Horowitz, PhD, MPH, Staff Scientist/Clinical Psychologist National Institute of Mental Health