Preventure. Evidence-based school drug prevention program coming to Virginia

An associate professor at the VCU Institute of Drug and Alcohol Studies, Dr. Jasmin Vasilleva is interviewed by Anne Moss Rogers of annemoss.com and President of Beacon Tree Foundation. 

Article on Preventure and how it works. Can Addiction be prevented?

This grant has been submitted!

Presentation on this program is 5pm on December 7, 2016 at VCU. Larrick Center. Free admission and free parking on 8th St.

The evidence-based drug prevention program featured in this New York Times article, read more

Veteran’s Day heart – #griefheart number 181

Veteran's day griefheart
Veteran’s day

Transitioning to life after service is difficult and PTSD, depression, addiction, anxiety and other mental illnesses plague our troops and veterans.

On this Veteran’s day, we honor those who have fought for our country. And remember those we lost in battle as well as those we lost to internal read more

We have some work to do. An interesting experiment

I posted this recently on my community page so I could run this as a “boosted post” to see what responses I would get. I excluded “friends” of the page (although some of you saw it this second go ’round).

I did choose an audience and chose those who had frequented certain read more

Following my heart – #griefheart number 180

Follow my heart
Follow my heart

Since Charles’ death by suicide, I’ve not been the same. As a result, I am following a new path–one carved by my heart.

Deep breath. I can do this. Yes I can.

What is the #griefheart project?

I explain my #griefheart project here.

See all #griefhearts so far on pinterest or on this blog by#griefheart category.

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Lucky hearts – #griefheart number 179

Lucky hearts
Lucky hearts

Lucky because I was fortunate enough to have a child as funny and spectacular as Charles who is still inspiring me even after his death.

Lucky enough to be able to answer the ‘why’ as it relates to his suicide because he left me the gift of his lyrics.

Lucky enough to have the support of read more

When did Charles become addicted?

Last family picture. December 2014
Last family picture. December 2014

I don’t really know for sure to be honest. I have tried to find out but those who have that information have not talked to me. So I’ve pieced this together given when his personality changed and I think he was addicted (a daily user) for about 6 months or as long as 9 months prior to read more

Colorful heart – #griefheart number 178

Colorful heart
Colorful heart

Charles always had a lively and colorful personality. He could make anyone laugh. I think that’s why so many couldn’t believe he suffered from depression. He didn’t get the chance to understand that it could be treated or that the world was not a better place without him in it.

This read more

The holidays hurt

christmas_png3774As early as August, Walmart was stocking the garden shelves with Christmas decor. I wanted to lodge a complaint. Those decorations were a threat and I felt offended.

Must they assault me with holiday tacky in August?

I couldn’t even find the garden clippers which end up being outside buried read more

Banana heart – #griefheart number 177

Banana love
Banana love

Jill sent me this one and immediately it reminded me of this picture of Charles. My lively comedian. Still shocks me that such a happy, social child suffered from depression and died by suicide.

He had so much potential, so much talent and most importantly he made others feel like they mattered. No read more

Did you know there is an opiate vaccine?

heroin-vaccineThis is a vaccine. Not Vivitrol. I had no idea until Stas Novitsky of the Mcshin Foundation told a group of us about the heroin vaccine at the screening of a documentary about the heroin epidemic in Virginia.

We are in the worst addiction crisis ever.

People are dying every day in record numbers read more