The Charles Aubrey Rogers (CAR) fund, in memory of our board member’s son Charles, 20, who died by suicide June 5, 2015 is focused on suicide prevention for teens and young adults. It includes these three initiatives.
Here is a quick rundown of each of these programs.
#1 – Preventure Program
Preventure is an evidence-based prevention intervention included in the first-ever US Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health.
The intervention is associated with 30-80% reductions in alcohol and drug use in adolescents in schools at 3-year follow-up. It is one of the most effective prevention programs with evidence-based results from Canada, UK, Australia, and other countries.
What we like about it is that it’s focused on mental health and addiction. Few programs are. The traits associated are mental health traits and one of the measurements is drug and alcohol use before and after the intervention.
In partnership with VCU Institute of Drug & Alcohol Studies, we have re-submitted a grant to NIH. That was submitted November 6. While we wait for results of that grant, we have chosen one school to pilot this program and we will announce that later once we have educated school personnel and parents.
- Can addiction be prevented?
- Featured in the New York Times article – The Four Traits that Put Kids at Risk for Addiction – this program focuses on 4 risk traits: sensation-seeking, impulsiveness, anxiety sensitivity and hopelessness
#2- Helping families fund Mental Health
We help pay for psychological evaluations for children when income and insurance fall short of expensive interventions.
- Through January 3, 2018, all donations given to Beacon Tree through this link will be matched dollar for dollar by Newman’s Own Foundation
- If it’s past January 3, 2018, you can donate online through this link for the Charles Aubrey Rogers Fund