Anne Moss Rogers, Mental Health Speaker and Author
Author: 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.
This podcast features, Anne Moss Rogers. Following her son Charles’s tragic suicide on June 5, 2015, she sold her digital marketing business to speak on the topics of mental health and suicide prevention with a focus on helping educators build a climate and culture of student wellness.
Her second book, Emotionally Naked: A Teacher’s Guide to Preventing Suicide and Recognizing Students at Risk written with co-writer Kim O’Brien, PhD, licensed clinical social worker, was published in August 2021 through Jossey Bass.
I posted the following on LinkedIn. Below are some of the lovely quotes from that post.
What grieving parents want you to know….
You are still important to us. We still want to be asked, invited, and included. We might not go. And then again we may.
We still want to talk about our child who died. Days, months, and even years later. Our greatest fear is that our child will be forgotten. We hope you will listen and be there for us, asking us on holidays how we might be coping. And understanding that certain times of year … Read more...
A school counselor in my Arizona workshop, The Emotionally Naked Truth About Student Suicide, told me she had a student in the office who shared her thoughts of suicide and when she called the parent they yelled at her and then forbade the child to speak to her.
The parents were ashamed and outraged with their child for talking about such things with a counselor.
You might default to thinking that the parents are terrible people and while they might be, it is usually a cultural issue or simply ignorance regarding mental … Read more...
This is the 100 episodes, Andy Levine has pulled together 6 key takeaways on second acts:
1. Find What Feeds You 2. For Inspiration, Look Back To Your Childhood 3. Expect Barriers – Lots of Them 4. Trauma Often Triggers A Second Act 5. There Are Leapers And There Are Planners 6. You’re Never Too Old To Make A Change
The term “postvention” describes an intervention initiated after a traumatic event and for the purposes of this post, the term refers specifically to an intervention following a death by suicide on a school campus. An effective response includes communication, connection, healthy grieving, commemoration, stabilization, coping skills and resilience development, and advocacy.
Good postvention is good prevention
The knee-jerk reaction by schools and colleges is to cancel everything. But the opposite is recommended. Furthermore, the administration usually tries to contain it by being hush-hush which further exacerbates an emotional crisis and stigmatizes a suicide death.
As a result, you feel dismissed, ignored, unsupported. How could they do this to you when you need them the most?
Let’s say your child is struggling with substance use disorder and every time you bring up the subject it dies like embers in a fire in a thunderstorm. It could be after you’ve lost someone to suicide or lost a child to any cause of death, everyone seems to disappear. It could be you are simply having a very difficult time and no one has noticed or reached out despite your current state of mind which is very uncharacteristic … Read more...
How do you explain loss to a child? The books on this page help children understand or relate to loss including a death by suicide.
Do you tell a child that their parent, sibling, or other loved one has died by suicide? The answer is yes but actually telling them in an age-appropriate way is difficult. The book below has those scripts to guide you in that conversation.
Spanish translated books at the bottom of the page.
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