anne moss rogers

Before it’s too late

After losing her son to suicide, Anne Moss Rogers is on a mission to help parents and teachers spot the signs. Her new book gives them the tools

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Anne Moss Rogers has lived through one of the most devastating experiences a parent can endure: Her 20-year-old son Charles, who suffered from depression and addiction, died by suicide in 2015. She speaks about it eloquently – and with brutal honesty – in her memoir, “Diary of a Broken Mind,” her TED talk, at speaking engagements and on her blog. Now she’s bringing mental health awareness and suicide prevention to schools with her new book, “Emotionally Naked: A Teacher’s Guide to Preventing Suicide and Recognizing Students at Risk.”

Charles, the younger of Rogers’ two sons, attended Cosby High School until the spring of his junior year, when his mental health issues led the family to seek a different setting; he ultimately graduated from a boarding school, Rogers explains. She describes her son as a creative, popular kid who expressed his feelings through the rap lyrics he wrote, some of which she had read, but most of which weren’t discovered until after his death. Rogers realized she’d missed many of the warning signs of suicide because she wasn’t educated on what to look for…….

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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.

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