1. Get Preventure mental health and drug prevention initiative integrated in Virginia schools.
I need parents to say they want this in our area! Tell teachers, call principals. Deadline is Feb 3 for getting letters from 30 principals. If we can get the letters to get the grant from NIDA, this is the program around which we will treat all mental illness and addiction in the future. Emotional learning and life skills training works. This program will have historical significance.
2. ASQ Suicide Screening
Through Beacon Tree Foundation and with the help of the Chesterfield County Suicide Coalition, it’s our goal to get ASQ suicide screening in all pediatric and family practices in Virginia. Pediatric and Adolescent Health Partners in Midlothian are currently using it in their practice and successfully identifying kids at risk for suicide before they make an attempt. Event for healthcare audience and community March 23. Location TBD. Ask your doctor about this! Tell them you want suicide screening.
3. #umatterchallenge for teens and young adults
Adults can play too! Will start Feb 21. Details here. I will do a post with more detail in early February. I have not yet publicized it because of multiple pending deadlines. Working with Cosby and YMCA teens to finalize on Feb 2. I know you won’t quite get it from this post. Need video. Stay tuned.
4. Work with Beacon Tree Foundation and American Foundation of Suicide Prevention
Educate the public on mental health, addiction and suicide risk which are all linked together.
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