Emotionally Naked with Anne Moss Rogers

Anne Moss does such important work, we are proud to work with her on her second book release! This will be our first in person off site event since 2020 so help us make it a good one!

About the Book: 

Trainer, speaker, and suicide loss survivor Anne Moss Rogers, and clinical social worker and researcher, Kimberly O’Brien, PhD, LICSW, empower middle and high school educators with the knowledge and skills to leverage their relationships with students to reduce suicide.  

The purpose of this book is not to turn teachers into therapists but given the pervasive public health problem of suicide in our youth, it’s a critical conversation that all educators need to feel comfortable having. Educators will learn evidence-based concepts of suicide prevention, plus lesser known innovative strategies and small culture shifts for the classroom to facilitate connection and healthy coping strategies, the foundation of suicide prevention. Included is commentary from teachers, school psychologists, experts in youth suicidology, leaders from mental health nonprofits, program directors, and students. In addition, readers will find practical tips, and sample scripts, with innovative activities that can be incorporated into teaching curricula.  

You’ll learn about: 

  • The teacher’s role in suicide prevention, intervention, postvention, collaboration 
  • The different and often cryptic ways students indicate suicidality 
  • What to do/say when a student tells you they are thinking of suicide 
  • Small shifts that can create a suicide-prevention classroom/school environment 
  • How to address a class of grieving students and the empty desk syndrome 
  • Link to a download of resources, worksheets, activities, scripts, quizzes, and more  

Who is it for:  

Middle/high school teachers and educators, school counselors, nurses, psychologists, coaches, and administrators, as well as parents who wish to better understand the complex subject of youth suicide.  

Anne Moss Rogers is an emotionally naked® speaker, TEDx storyteller, certified suicide prevention trainer, NAMI Virginia board member, and the award-winning author of Diary of a Broken Mind. After her 20-year-old son, Charles died by suicide June 5, 2015, Anne Moss chronicled her family’s tragedy in a newspaper article that went viral, and her blog, Emotionally Naked, has reached millions. Her second book with co-writer Kim O’Brien Phd, LICSW, published through Jossey-Bass, a Wiley Publishing brand, is Emotionally Naked: A Teacher’s Guide to Preventing Suicide and Recognizing Students at Risk,. A UNC-Chapel Hill alumnus, she lives in Richmond, VA with her husband. Her surviving son, Richard, is a filmmaker in LA.


Kimberly O’Brien, PhD, LICSW is a Clinical Social Worker in the Sports Medicine Division and Female Athlete Program at Boston Children’s Hospital, as well as a Research Scientist and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. She received her BA from Harvard University, MSW and PhD from Boston College, and completed her postdoctoral fellowship at Brown University. Her research focuses on the development and testing of brief interventions for suicidal adolescents with and without substance use and their families, with an additional specialization on interventions which utilize technology. She has co-authored over 50 articles and book chapters related to adolescent suicide, substance use, and mental health, and was awarded the Young Investigator Research Award from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention in 2019. She is also the founder and director of Unlimited Resilience, LLC, a private mental health practice for athletes by athletes. 

Event date: 

Tuesday, August 24, 2021 - 6:00pm

Event address: 

The Westover
5047 Forest Hill Ave
Richmond, VA 23225
Emotionally Naked: A Teacher's Guide to Preventing Suicide and Recognizing Students at Risk Cover Image
ISBN: 9781119758303
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Jossey-Bass - August 24th, 2021