Why Anne Moss Rogers?
I have restarted as a speaker after my son’s death by suicide, having given hundreds of marketing presentations in my former life as a digital marketing and social media expert. What I bring is passion, reality and a sense of purpose for change as it relates to mental illness and addiction.
I have my story about my son Charles who died by suicide, real world examples shared with me by others and a blog that has literally changed lives and inspired people not to kill themselves and reach out for help. The blog I never thought anyone would care about had over a quarter million visits in its first 18 months.
“Anne Moss is one of the most resilient people I have ever encountered. She turned her grief into making the world a better place by tackling the critical public health threat of youth suicide. I have the utmost admiration for her and her work. She is articulate, genuine and can convey her message about saving young lives in an incredibly inspiring manner. It is a pleasure and privilege to work with her.”
—-Lisa M. Horowitz, PhD, MPH, Staff Scientist/Clinical Psychologist NIMH
Prior to my son’s death, most of my topics were related to marketing a lot of which had to do with SEO and content since I started as a copywriter. Now they are related to mental illness, addiction, grief and suicide. My son, Charles, 20, suffered from anxiety, depression, ultimately addiction and died by suicide while going through withdrawal from a heroin addiction.
All topics include stories on mental illness, addiction and suicide. See specific topics and takeaways on my espeakers profile
- Turning Pain into Purpose
- How to Lead a Grassroots Effort on a Taboo Subject
- An Emotionally Naked Look at Stigma – Eliminating the stigma of mental illness and addiction
- 5 Things to help you find hope after tragedy- How adversity can transform ordinary people into extraordinary ones
- Can addiction be prevented? –An innovative solution to teen substance misuse
- Emotionally Naked Content – Creating content that is outside your comfort zone (Using SEO to save lives. Includes my exclusive and fascinating web content statistics and findings.)
I customize all topics to be relevant to your audience and can customize any of the above presentations to focus on addiction, mental illness, grief and suicide.
Limited Edition Topics
- Why aren’t we screening for suicide? The ASQ Screening tool for youth suicide prevention (This presentation is one I do with Dr. Lisa Horowitz of NIMH or Dr. Abernathy of Pediatric and Adolescent Partners.)
- Talk Saves Lives. American Foundation of Suicide Prevention (this is free locally through AFSP)
Where have I spoken
- Venues: National Institute of Mental Health, donor events and conferences (keynote), YMCAs, schools, universities, churches, civic groups, chambers of commerce, women’s groups, trauma informed groups, addiction education and support groups, medical conferences, writer’s clubs,military bases, American Marketing Association, Mental Health symposiums and conferences, conferences (marketing, medical, sales), addiction education classes and recovery groups, addiction rallies, panels, legislature
To whom have I spoken
- Audiences: Teens (YMCAs and schools), college and grad students, middle schoolers, teachers, counselors, doctors, nurses, interns, parents, grandparents, church members, enlisted men and officers, people with lived experience, employees, community
“Anne Moss educates through her powerful personal story of loss that serves as a wake-up call to the audience. Despite the heavy subject matter of the topic, I do not find her presentation dark and dismal, but surprisingly inspiring and full of hope.”
———–Dr. Ted Abernathy, Pediatric and Adolescent Health Partners
“Watching Anne Moss present on the topics of teen mental health, drug addiction, and suicide is powerful and thought-provoking. The courage and passion she displays as she details her family’s journey, and her willingness to ‘put it all out there’ in the hopes of helping other families is amazing. Hearing about how she has been able to bring in her marketing expertise to drive traffic to her website and to suicide hotline numbers is fascinating and adds another component to her already compelling presentation.”
———–Margaret Thompson, Owner Richmond Family Magazine
“You have made such an impact on me and I strive to be emotionally naked because of your lead. You showed me how it was done and I gave it a try. I will never go back to the person I used to be and that is because of you and others that dare to be brave when everyone else just wants to hide.”
———–Jamie Smith, a person with lived experience
Speaking Venues & Events
Anne Moss Short Resume
Graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill with a BA in Journalism with a concentration in advertising. I started my career at the Martin Agency as a copywriter. I’m a content marketing and social media expert, a former co-owner and Creative Director of a digital marketing firm that I sold in January 2017.
I am now President of Beacon Tree Foundation, advocates for youth mental health, safeTalk certified and ASIST trained in suicide intervention and prevention. I have been a mental health advocate since 2010.
Married, mother of two boys. One son, Richard, is living his dream as a filmmaker in Los Angeles. And the late Charles Aubrey Rogers, an up-and-coming rap artist who suffered from depression and addiction and died by suicide June 5, 2015.
“Over the past year, I’ve been present as Anne Moss presented her incredibly important message to two student groups and two parent groups. She does a wonderful job speaking to both, but I especially appreciate how well she connects with teenagers. Teens are often a challenging connection to make, but Anne Moss does an amazing job at it. I can almost watch the barriers coming down as she shares her stories with them.”
———–Peter Landergan, Audio/Video Consultant
Eyes on Richmond. Mental Illness and Suicide: Injustices to our Youth
“Your presentation style is so professional, with the warmth and passion needed for such an emotional story. We were totally captivated.”
———–Judy Harrison, Attendee
CareTalks hosted by McShin Foundation
My voice is very hoarse during this presentation but I get the point across. Grateful for the opportunity. More about McShin Foundation here on my site.
“Anne Moss’ talk is so inspirational a listener can actually feel time and touch reality.”
———–John Shinholser, Co-Founder, McShin Foundation
Heroes Among Us, Greg McQuade WTVR Channel 6
Copyright WTVR, Channel 6. Original video is here. This is Greg McQuade’s award-winning brainchild and in this episode he dedicated 4:40 minutes to this topic. It’s typically 2:20 minutes. In air time, that is pure gold. I am so grateful that many who worked on this piece donated money to Beacon Tree.
Chamber of Commerce. Women Supporting Women in Business and in Social Media
“Thank you again for the wonderful presentation. It was really two messages in one. I think we all needed to be reminded to think more objectively and look for the good in each other. I really enjoyed the screen shots of celebrities and asking the audience for their positive qualities. That was such fun, very engaging and really drove your point home.”
———–Kimberly Taylor, Titan Auto & tire
Talk20 at Coalition Theatre
“I just left a very powerful #Talk20 at the Coalition Theater. I was most inspired by Anne Moss’ bravery to share her very personal story of her son’s addiction and his ultimate suicide last year. As someone who is a two-time suicide attempt survivor, this hits home and brought me to tears. It is very important that we bring attention to mental health in order to rid the shame and stigma that surrounds depression and suicide.
———–26 year old suicide attempt survivor