Keynote Speaker for Ray of Hope Conference 2021, Greensburg, PA


Fri, 11/19/2021    
9:15 am-10:00 am


Westmoreland County Community College
145 Pavilion Ln, Youngwood, PA, 15697

Event Type

Keynote Topic: Turning Pain into Purpose

– Keynote: 9:15 am – 10:00 am
– Book Signing: 10:00 am -10:30 am


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Description: TEDx and emotionally naked storyteller, Anne Moss Rogers, has built a following on the tabooist of subjects—suicide, and the mental illness and addiction that often trigger it. After trying to find help for her once joyful son and rap artist, including wilderness therapy and therapeutic boarding school, Charles met heroin, a love affair that ended with his suicide in June 2015. This presentation is about her journey to healing by dragging an unpopular topic into the spotlight, how giving back has helped her heal, and how a blog community that came together in their shared pain has saved lives in the most surprising and unconventional of ways.


  • How stigma played a role in Charles’s self-esteem, substance misuse, and suicide
  • One mom’s unconventional way to save lives
  • How one mom turned grief into action to find a path to healing

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Published by

Anne Moss Rogers

I am an emotionally naked mental health 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 addiction 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 mental health keynotes, training and workshop topics include suicide prevention, addiction, mental illness, anxiety, 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. Mental Health Speakers Website. Trained in ASIST and trainer for the evidence-based 4-hour training for everyone called safeTALK.

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