Over a million and a blog birthday

I hadn’t checked in a while. But this blog has reached over one million people since February 1, 2016. And I missed its birthday, too. It was 2016 during a run that I thought of the name Emotionally Naked, ran home, and started this blog.

I needed to write to manage the pain of my grief. I needed to talk and learn more about depression, addiction and suicide. What I found was hope and healing. Thanks to you all for that.

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Anne Moss Rogers

I am an emotionally naked TEDx 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 substance use disorder 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, training and workshop topics include suicide prevention, addiction, mental illness, 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. Professional Speaker Website. Trained in ASIST and trainer for the evidence-based 4-hour training for everyone called safeTALK.

8 thoughts on “Over a million and a blog birthday”

  1. What a blog birthday!! And your page has reached over a million people! Get out! You have a special gift for reaching people and helping. You have saved lives, Anne Moss. It’s an honor to know you.

  2. Thank you for helping me in my acute grief after I lost my boy to suicide. It is going to be a year on February 28th. The pain is unbearable but you’ve helped me more than words could explain. Big hugs to you Anne Moss and blessings to Charles.

    1. Thank you Chano. Being of some help to others helps me continue to heal. And do give yourself a congratulations for surviving the first year. It was still unbearable for me at a year while others expected me to be “over it” but I refused to be grief shamed. Learning to walk beside this kind of loss takes a lot of time and work. And I know you have engaged in that work. In a pandemic no less.

  3. Though I am lucky enough not to have lost a loved one to suicide, unfortunately, depression, anxiety and substance abuse have permanent seats at my family’s table. I read this blog to learn from others and to be reminded daily that no man is an island; there is help (and hope) within your community. I even referred this site to a friend who lost a child to suicide and I know she has found comfort here. We are all grateful for you.

    1. One of the reasons I started it was to prevent others from losing their loved ones. Thank you for spreading the word. It really has been helpful to hear other people’s stories. I am always honored when others trust me enough to share theirs with me personally, in comments and in stories.

  4. In your grief and sorrow, you and Charles have helped so many. I’m sorry that you have had to be the one to bear the pain, but I hope that there are more days of joy ahead for you.

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