Mental Health Speaker for Students

annemossrogers with audrey westland from NCSU mental helath nonprofit active minds

Educator, parent, and student topics are frequently bundled as a program. Presentations focus on coping strategies.

AnneMoss would encourage schools to do in-person for students but virtual and hybrid options are available, especially for programs like her student anxiety workshops. Audiences include high school, university, and graduate students. Get the overview of Education Mental Health Topics here.

Mental Health Speaker Topic for Students #1

Managing Your Mental Health: How to help yourself, a friend, and prevent suicide

(note: if your school or university is sensitive to the word suicide being in the subhead, we can reword)

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Audience: For university students, high school students, RAs, sororities and fraternities, and community groups (like YMCA leader’s club).

Time: 45 minutes to 1.5 hours, virtual or in-person

Description:

From coping tips and talking to a person who is stressed, to helping someone at risk for suicide get the help they need, this presentation will empower students with the words and actions to be the bridge to life. 

Learning outcomes:

  • How to know when you or a friend is at risk and what to say/do
  • How substance misuse derails the ability to develop healthy coping
  • Times when young people are more vulnerable to depression and anxiety
  • How to turn healthy coping strategies into habits and effective life skills

I thought this would really suck. But it was actually really good.

—NCSU Freshman Engineering Student, College Mental Health Event

High school student writes how AnneMoss's presentation touched his life in a typed letter

Mental Health speaker Topic for Students #2 

Diary of a Broken Mind: Post traumatic growth after tragedy

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Audience: For university students, high school students, RAs, sororities and fraternities, and community groups (like YMCA leader’s club).

Time: 45 minutes to 1.5 hours, virtual or in person. Includes interactive activities

Description: AnneMoss Rogers and her husband tried to find help for their struggling son, Charles, a creative genius and rap artist. Desperate to escape the darkness of his depression, Charles turned to heroin and died by suicide in 2015 at age 20.

How did AnneMoss find healing after the most devastating loss of her life? What strategies built resilience and became useful for managing other issues? And what can students do to support themselves, each other and understand that trauma of all kinds is painful but also fosters growth.

Learning outcomes:

  • How stigma played into Charles’s feeling of low self-worth
  • The prevalence of suicide risk for those with addiction or prevalent drug use
  • How to recognize signs of depression and suicide and what to do/say
  • How to find your own path to healing after loss or tragedy

Themes: This presentation focuses more on resilience and healthy coping and includes themes on suicide prevention, hope and healing, addiciton, grief, depression, and anxiety.

feedback from student on mental health speaker

“Anne Moss Rogers tells her tragedy and healing with passion and love. She relates to young people in a very unique and powerful way that few adults can. Her message is critical to all, particularly the teenage population. We are extremely grateful for her.”
—Cassie Rogers, High School Teacher, Health Science Specialty Center Coordinator, Cosby HS

Suicide Program Education for Students 

Suicide Prevention for Students: How to help yourself or others

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Audience: For university students, high school students, RAs, sororities and fraternities, and community groups (like YMCA leader’s club).

Time: 45 minutes to 1.5 hours, virtual or in person. Includes interactive activities

Quick Outline:

  1. AnneMoss’s Story about her son Charles and grief
  2. What depression looks like
  3. About Suicide: signs and what to do/say
  4. Resources for those who struggle and for the families who love them

Topic Description:
How do you know when you might need support? What coping skills can help you avoid getting to a place of crisis? When are you more likely to feel depressed or anxious and what can you do about it?

From coping tips and talking to a person who is stressed, to helping a friend at risk for suicide get the help they need, this presentation will empower students with the words and actions to be the bridge to life.

Learning outcomes:

  • How to know when a friend is at risk and what to say/do
  • How to recognize when you are in crisis and help yourself
  • Know times when young people are more vulnerable to depression/anxiety
  • Understanding grief and its affect on our mental health
  • Healthy coping skills and crisis prevention

“Oh my God you are so inspiring. I’ve dealt with anorexia, depression, anxiety, and suicide attempts going in and out of treatment centers. But ur story just game me reasons not to give up and gave me hope.”
—University student

Anxiety Workshop for Students 

Make Friends with Anxiety Workshop

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Audience: For students 15 and over

Time: 45 minutes to 1.5 hours, virtual or in person. Includes interactive activities

    Topic Description:

    The rise in anxiety gets a lot of press. But what if you could reframe how you think of stress and anxiety and manage it instead of letting it take over your life by holding your brain hostage?

    The anxiety itself is not the demon but rather the lack of coping skills to manage it. That’s something we can do something about. Stress, overwhelm and anxiety are all a part of life, and this workshop will help you work with it

    Learning outcomes:

    • Identify times when you are more likely to be more anxious
    • What to do when you feel anxious and overwhelmed
    • How to minimize the suffering anxiety can cause
    • Effective self-talk strategies
    • DBT skills for coping with anxiety
    • Taking agency of your own mental health

    “About a year ago, I listened and took part in your anxiety workshop. Your words truly left an impact on me and so many others. I’m reaching out to you because I would love it if you could hold that workshop with my team.”
    —High School Senior, Head of Youth Outreach Council, Canada

    Where has AnneMoss spoken?

    School logos that represent where mental health speaker AnneMoss Rogers has spoken

    School Visit Photos

    annemossrogers speaks on grief at vsu
    Speaker on Mental Health, AnneMoss Rogers with Javon Adams, Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, College of Engineering, NC State University
    after presentation on mental health group shot with students and speaker at ncsu
    mental health speaker with students

    What are Students saying?

    Student writes in a letter how he loved speaker AnneMoss Rogers' vulnerability and honesty
    Letter from a high school student

    Mental Health Awareness Blog

    Parental Guilt and Regrets

    Parental Guilt and Regrets

    This is a 2013 photo of Charles on the left, my son who took his life, and my older son, Richard, on the right who ...

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