I sold my partnership in my business to focus on mental illness and addiction advocacy full time. Left a successful career to work at a free job. Why?
Virginia ranks 39th for mental health care. Even worse, 49th for treatment of major depression for those 18 and under. That is utterly pathetic. If I want it to change, I have to do something about it. So I am. My son Charles is not just a statistic. He was my son and he died by suicide as a result of addiction and depression.
With a grant, the soonest we’d be able to implement Preventure would probably be 2018–a YEAR from now. The most promising teen drug and alcohol prevention program to date is here in our state at VCU Drug and Alcohol Institute with Dr. Vassileva and her staff, we are in the center of the most devastating addiction crisis ever with our kids dying all around us and we can’t find the money to get this done sooner?
Through Beacon Tree Foundation and in partnership with VCU Institute of Drug & Alcohol Studies we can get the program implemented. We just need funding.
There is money from the federal government for this public health crisis. If anyone wants this to happen, we need to tweet the governor, the attorney general and get this party started! I need press and TV coverage, tweets, shares, comments, likes. Pick up a copy of Richmond Family Magazine and share the article! If you have a connection, share the article below anywhere and everywhere. Thank you!