First Book for Teachers on Preventing Suicide–Just in Time for 2021 Back to School

Help save lives with this essential resource on suicide prevention in schools. Publish Date: 8/24/21

FROM: Publisher Jossey-Bass (a Wiley publishing brand) and Emotionally Naked LLC 
CONTACT: Anne Moss Rogers

emotionally naked a teachers guide to preventing suicide and recognizing students at risk
Publisher: Jossey-Bass; A Wiley Publishing brand
Publish Date: August 24, 2021
Paperback: 288 pages
ISBN-10: 1119758300, ISBN-13: 978-1119758303
$29.95, Book Page

Emotionally Naked: A Teacher’s Guide to Preventing Suicide and Recognizing Students at Risk by Anne Moss Rogers & Kimberly O’Brien, PhD, LICSW. Publishes August 24, 2021, through Jossey-Bass, a Wiley Publishing Brand, $29.95

Although real-time data for suicide risk is scant, we know ER visits for suspected suicide increased 51% for 12–17-year-old girls in Feb-Mar 2021.1 And experts tell us that transitions are potential triggers for vulnerable adolescents and young adults, making student mental health a critical focus this back-to-school season. Perfect for teachers, counselors, coaches, parents, and administrators, Emotionally Naked: A Teacher’s Guide to Preventing Suicide and Recognizing Students at Risk by Anne Moss Rogers and Kim O’Brien, PhD, LICSW highlights the tools, resources, and ideas that fuel small culture shifts for a foundation of suicide prevention in schools. 

Since teachers oversee millions of adolescents nationwide, their observations, instincts, and relationships make them a vital first link between students, the school counseling team, their parents, and mental health resources. This book covers key strategies for prevention, intervention, and postvention. And while the goal of this book is to promote suicide prevention, the #2 cause of death for ages 10-35, that intention does not translate to a constant, exhaustive focus on suicide education for students, but rather striking a healthy balance of positive behavioral interventions and support with a focus on student wellness.

This book includes data and findings from the authors and other researchers, in addition to commentary, stories, and ideas from top suicidologists, trauma experts, nonprofit leaders, students, and subject matter experts as well as teachers and school counselors who’ve experienced the loss of a student to suicide.


“The authors bring out the heart and soul of suicide prevention. Policymakers, administrators, educators, and parents will walk away inspired, and better equipped to address suicide in schools.”
—JONATHAN B. SINGER, Ph.D., LCSW, President, American Association of Suicidology

“Sound information, practical advice, superb collection of resources, and written with compassion.”
—JERRY REED, Ph.D., MSW, Education Development Center

“This book is an amazingly practical, accessible, and thoughtful resource.”
—JULIE GOLDSTEIN GRUMET, Ph.D., Director, Zero Suicide Institute, Education Development Center

“Teachers are uniquely positioned to recognize children who are struggling emotionally. This book is a priceless resource in helping them do this effectively.”
—VICTOR SCHWARTZ, MD, Former CMO, JED Foundation, Dept of Psychiatry, NYU School of Medicine

About the Authors

Anne Moss Rogers is an emotionally naked TEDx speaker, certified suicide prevention trainer, author of the award-winning book, Diary of a Broken Mind, and a NAMI Virginia board member. She lost her 20-year-old son, Charles, to suicide June 5, 2015. https://annemossrogers.com

Kimberly O’Brien, Ph.D., LICSW is a clinical social worker and researcher at Boston Children’s Hospital and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Her research focuses on intervention development for suicidal adolescents. https://www.khmobrien.com/

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1Yard E, Radhakrishnan L, Ballesteros MF, et al. Emergency Department Visits for Suspected Suicide Attempts Among Persons Aged 12–25 Years Before and During the COVID-19 Pandemic — United States, January 2019–May 2021. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2021;70:888–894. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm7024e1external icon

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AnneMoss Rogers

AnneMoss Rogers is a mental health and suicide education expert, mental health speaker, suicide prevention trainer and consultant. She is author of the Book, Diary of a Broken Mind and co-author of Emotionally Naked: A Teacher's Guide to Preventing Suicide and Recognizing Students at Risk with Kim O'Brien PhD, LICSW. She raised two boys, Richard and Charles, and lost her younger son, Charles to addiction and suicide on June 5, 2015. She is a motivational speaker who empowers by educating and provides life saving strategies and emotionally healthy coping skills. As talented and funny as Charles was, letting other people know they matter was his greatest gift. And now that's the legacy she carries forward in her son's memory. Mental Health Speakers Website.

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