**TRIGGER WARNING** This episode covers sensitive subject matter and is not suitable for all listeners. If this topic could be a trigger for you, listen to this episode with a friend, a sibling, a loved one or a parent so you can talk about any emotions that come up for you. The contents of this episode are not intended to replace therapy and should not be taken as such. If you need immediate help, please call the crisis hotline listed below in our resources.
In this bonus episode, I speak with Anne Moss Rogers, who is an author, subject matter expert and national speaker on suicide prevention.
Anne is an Emotionally Naked® motivational speaker who captures hearts and fills them with hope. She is the author of two books, the award-winning memoir, Diary of a Broken Mind and Emotionally Naked: A Teacher’s Guide to Preventing Suicide and Recognizing Students at Risk with co-writer Kim O’Brien Ph.D., LICSW.
Despite her family’s best efforts, Anne Moss’s 20-year-old son Charles died by suicide on June 5, 2015, after many years of struggle with anxiety, depression, and ultimately addiction. Anne Moss started a blog, EmotionallyNaked.com, that has reached millions and chronicled her family’s tragedy in a newspaper article that went viral.
Listen in as we talk about:
- Her devastating story of losing her child Charles by suicide
- The turtle steps she took to begin to facilitate her own healing
- Advice for young people who are experiencing suicidal thoughts and what they can do to help themselves
- Tips for young people on how to support their friends who are struggling with suicidal thoughts: listen more and lecture less
- Subtle signs that a young person may be struggling with suicidal thoughts
- Learn T.I.P skills (Temperature. Intense exercise. Pace breathing)
Anne Moss is a certified suicide prevention trainer, NAMI Virginia Board member, 2 End the Stigma (addiction) board member, and YWCA 2019 Pat Asch fellow. Her presentation themes focus on preventing suicide, reducing stigma and substance misuse, finding hope and life after loss, resilience, and coping strategies.
- Concrete strategies that helped me work through my teen depression: https://annemoss.com/2021/01/01/concrete-strategies-that-helped-me-work-through-my-teen-depression/
- Should I tell someone my friend is thinking of suicide? https://annemoss.com/2019/02/01/should-i-tell-someone-my-friend-is-thinking-of-suicide/https://amzn.to/3wt4lQn
- How I Stayed Alive When My Brain Was Trying to Kill Me: One Person’s Guide to Suicide Prevention
- The Suicidal Thoughts Workbook: https://amzn.to/3AxUmeO
- Stop, Drop, Roll: Steps for being “On Fire” emotionally: https://vimeo.com/360856983
- Read a touching novel about suicidality, grief, loss and healing: https://www.amazon.com/Brownstone-1-Julie-Brown/dp/109836547X/ref=sr_1_5?dchild=1&keywords=The+Brownstone&qid=1624729349&s=books&sr=1-5
- For other books on suicide, grief and loss, visit Susan’s website resource page: https://susanecasey.com/resources/
- The nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization: https://www.rainn.org
- Call 800.656.HOPE (4673) to be connected with a trained staff member from a sexual assault service provider in your area.
- When you call 800.656.HOPE (4673), you’ll be routed to a local RAINN affiliate organization based on the first six digits of your phone number. Cell phone callers have the option to enter the ZIP code of their current location to more accurately locate the nearest sexual assault service provider.
Do you need help working something out? Do you want to talk to someone who understands, like another teen?
- USA Youth Resources:
- Text “TEEN” to 839863. Peer counselors are available from 6:00pm to 9:00pm PST
- CALL (310) 855-HOPE / (310) 855-4673 or (800) TLC-TEEN / (800) 852-8336 toll-free in the United States and Canada. Open from 6pm to 10pm PST every night
- USA: 1-800-273-8255
- USA Crisis Text:741-741
- Canada: 1-833-456-4566
- United Kingdom: 116 123
- Australia: 13 11 14
- International suicide hotlines: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_suicide_crisis_lines
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