As a speaker, I want to make more so I can give more

It’s funny how my script was flipped after my son’s addiction and death by suicide. My definition of what success is was no longer defined in currency.

Now I don’t want you to think I’m willing to live in a cardboard box so I can support more nonprofit work. I’m not that altruistic. I just want to make a living and make enough so that I can enjoy my family and give back in both philanthropic and an emotionally naked way.

My purpose is to prevent suicide and wash away the stigma by educating people on what suicide is, what … Read more...

Enjoyed speaking at FAB Women and Hanover Cares

I so enjoyed my time this week speaking to various groups on suicide prevention. The conversation after really opened up with the FABWOMEN and Shanna, the group founder was an awesome closer.

I’m focusing on colleges and the education market but that has a limited season, so if you know of a potential paid speaking engagement, do mention my name. Even a conference breakout session where I wouldn’t necessarily get paid but I’d make good connections and could book other engagements off that gig. I am thinking my Coping Strategies for Grief & Loss workshop would be good for corporations. … Read more...

Speaker Testimonial from Dr. Horowitz

59 second video

Our presentation event in Baltimore, MD went very well and I’m grateful Dr. Lisa Horowitz took time out of her day to do this video and honored to have earned both her trust and respect. (Thank you videographer, Mary Tidwell, for shooting this.) We make quite a team and for this conference, we presented with this panel of respected suicide prevention experts.

Let me know if you think the video is too long. When I rework my demo reel, I’ll incorporate this testimonial plus the other ones from attendees.

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Presentation team at pediatric conference

L to R: Mary Tipton, Fellow, NIH;, Anne Moss Rogers, Emotionally
Naked LLC; John Campo, MD, WVU Rockefeller Neuroscience
Institute; Jeff Bridge PhD, Center for Suicide Prevention & Research, Nationwide Children’s Hospital & the Ohio State University; Lisa Horowitz, PhD, MPH, Staff Scientist at the NIMH

I was so honored to be a presenter among this distinguished panel of youth suicide prevention researchers and doctors at PAS 2019 (Pediatric Academic Societies). I wasn’t so sure how my presentation would be received in such a strict academic environment. But judging from standing ovation after my talk which shocked me, I’d say … Read more...

I inspire people to break up with mental health stigma

That starts with education through storytelling. With suicide being the number two cause of death on college campuses, I’m going to start there.

So in the fall, I will be targeting colleges, mostly Virginia and North Carolina to start. However, if any of you have a college connection outside of that area, I’m open to it. If any of you have connections locally, please send it. Here is my contact form. That doesn’t mean I am not going to do conferences or other offers that come my way. It just means I’m

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Emotionally Naked Speaker Demo Reel

I don’t have the TEDx yet but I needed to do a demo reel so this is mine. This was not easy for me to put out there. I hope, going forward, it is easier.

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Booking speaking engagements now

Creating a demo reel and should have my TEDx video in February. I sorely need video and that will be a focus in 2019.

Negotiating contracts now for spring and fall and if you know of an event looking for a speaker, do keep me in mind. See the speakers page for more info.

Karla Helbert, MS, LPC and I will be doing a Coping Strategies for Grief workshop at Ellwood Thompson locally in Richmond, VA in late February. Date to be announced soon. Checking on room availability and we will announce here and on our facebook pages.

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Dear Cosby High School Health Science Students,

I visited Cosby High School Health Science Students in Chesterfield County and presented on a topic no one wants to talk about: mental illness, addiction and suicide.

I told them my personal story about Charles. Actually, I taught two health science classes. Then we did a skit, “How heroin talked to Charles” and one dr Seuss-like poems on drugs and one on resilience. Voice was still awful but had a grand time.

After, these kids decided they wanted to send me letters to say thank you. Their idea. The most heartfelt, touching letters I have ever gotten. This is … Read more...

My first suicide prevention workshop at NIMH

Elizabeth Ballard Ph.D Staff Scientist NIMH; Maryland Pao, MD, Clinical Director NIMH; Lisa Horowitz, Ph D, MPH, Staff Scientist NIMH; David Brent, MD, University of Pittsburg; Anne Moss Rogers, Emotionally Naked LLC

Apparently, I was their first, too. The first suicide loss survivor to speak at such an event at National Institute of Mental Health.

I was the short talk at the end of some brilliant presentations and exciting new research on suicide prevention, creating treatment plans and information on ketamine, lack of sleep and suicide, and the ASQ screening tool. Dr. David Brent has an adolescent app he … Read more...

My ‘Eyes on Richmond’ Presentation Video

I did appreciate the opportunity to present on this topic, “Addiction and Mental Illness: Injustices to our youth” to share why Virginia ranks 46th for treating youth mental health.

That means 7 out of 10 most at risk for dropping out of school, struggling with relationships, ending up in prison, becoming addicted or dying by suicide, do not get the care they need.

I began with my story about my son Charles who died by suicide and talked about the injustices we faced as a middle class family and what I’ve seen are the gaps in a flawed system of … Read more...