safeTALK training completed!

People from all over Canada and the US including Florida, Montana, Michigan, Maryland, and Virginia (me) came to this training. Groups representing native Americans, LGBTQ people, the military, healthcare education, peer-to-peer support, government agencies, nonprofits, attended and became registered safeTALK trainers.

Using a simple yet effective model, LivingWorks safeTALK empowers everyone to make a difference. With over 120,000 people attending each year, it’s the world’s fastest-growing suicide prevention training.

LivingWorks safeTALK is a four-hour face-to-face workshop featuring powerful presentations, audiovisuals, and skills practice. You’ll learn how to prevent suicide by recognizing signs, engaging someone, and connecting them to an intervention … Read more...

Mama Bear Dares Podcast with Anne Moss Rogers


Podcast on Momma Bear Dares Website

On Episode 234 of the Mama Bear Dares Podcast, Tesi and Leslie talk to Anne Moss Rogers, a fierce mental health advocate, speaker, and writer who helps people foster a culture of connection to prevent suicide, reduce substance misuse, and find life after loss.

Through their discussion, Anne Moss teaches Tesi and Leslie about how to talk about suicide and grief, potential warning signs, helpful resources, and how to walk through life with a grieving friend.

Anne Moss shares the sorrow of her …

What Eeyore has taught us about acceptance

You know the character, Eeyore, from the Winnie the Pooh classics. He’s the donkey that is always down, never sees sunshine in anything, suffers low self esteem, has a droopy posture and has issues with his body image (the tail).

In short, he suffers major depressive disorder and his low episodes have lasted decades.

He’s never taken medication or seen a counselor (and he may have benefitted from this treatment). But despite that, he has friends who accept him and love him for exactly who he is.

He can be grumpy but that’s never been a reason for his buddies … Read more...

Going to Canada for safeTALK training

My Pat Asch Fellowship for social justice is focused on youth suicide prevention in and around Richmond, Virginia. As part of that initiative and to add value to my speaking business, I wanted to become a safeTALK trainer which is a 3.5-4 hour evidence-based suicide prevention training.

It would also be an added value for speaking at colleges and possibly at conferences. I plan to take this into local communities and have more young people and adults trained in recognizing the signs of suicide.


Have we lost the art of listening?

We want to fix. Tell people what to do. Give all the answers. Talk over one another. Repeat sound bites we heard as evidence we listened to the news.

Rarely do we listen, really listen.

The magic words are “Tell me more.” And then to close our mouths and hear the other person.

If you have typical arguments that could, by now, be your family script, change and you could change that narrative by changing how you respond. That requires listening well enough to reflect back with empathy so the person knows they have been heard.

I’ve had to work …

The stories you share about our beloved dead mean the most

Not long ago, I was on a podcast called Hope to Recharge and met the host, Matana, during my interview.

She reached out to me after because there was a youth suicide in her hometown and they asked her to speak at a school and she wanted some advice since I speak on this subject so frequently. We first went over guidelines of what not to say to this audience following the trauma of a student suicide. We talked about what she would say and then about grief and what meant most to parents who have lost a child.… Read more...

My morning speaking at Virginia State University

Suicide is a tough subject but the #2 cause of death on college campuses. In fact I wish I had some magic tricks for the college crowd. A friend of mine suggested eating fire. I thought that posed risk of burning my hair and maybe I’d rather be sawed in half. But that would require talent above my pay grade.

Today at Virginia State University, I told my story about Charles, shared my grief journey, and then we talked about coping strategies. For this we used post it notes and a white board. And for the healthy and unhealthy coping … Read more...

Sharing my book’s introduction


So play this when your day is gray,
when hope is dim
When happiness is growing slim
Listen to me rap then reverse the grim
Burn the hurt,
let my words do the work
—Silver Lining, by Charles Aubrey Rogers

When the police delivered the news that my youngest son, Charles, had died by suicide, my heart seized and, in the split second before my lungs could find air and the wails of my soul in agony could erupt, I had the urge to yell, “You have it all wrong. … Read more...

Press Release: Anne Moss Roger’s Powerful ‘Diary of a Broken Mind’

Contact: Ray McAllister,


diary of a broken mind memoir by anne moss rogers charles rogers
ISBN: 978-0-9987881-6-6
$16.95 paperback. Non-fiction.
6×9 inches, 304 pages, Publishes October 1, 2019. BEACHGLASSBOOKS.COM

Beach Glass Books is proud to announce the October 1, 2019, publishing of DIARY OF A BROKEN MIND: A Mother’s Story, a Son’s Suicide, and the Haunting Lyrics He Left Behind, by Anne Moss Rogers, with her late son, Charles.

THE FUNNIEST, MOST POPULAR KID IN SCHOOL, Charles Aubrey Rogers suffered from depression and later addiction, then ultimately died … Read more...

Unconventional Leaders Podcast with Heather Parady

Listen on the way to work or while walking the dog or putting in mileage on that treadmill.