2017 annual letter to our donors

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This newsletter will go to all the relevant addresses we have on our donor database file so you can see how we used your donations.

Brief overview

We had over 55 educational/awareness events and presentations about mental health in the community touching over 5,000+ people from high school and college students to parents and older adults. This doesn’t include the number we have touched via a record number of media stories, for which we are most grateful.

As a board, we streamlined our focus for 2018, choosing two programs for which we had a track record and one in which we had strong community partnerships.


We began 2017 by partnering with VCU Institute of Drug & Alcohol Studies to get letters of support for an NIH grant which was re-submitted Nov. 6, 2017. Preventure is an evidence-based prevention intervention that was included in the first-ever US Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health.

This evidence-based school program is associated with 30-80% reduction in adolescent substance use at 3-year follow up and focuses on teaching teens coping strategies to manage personality traits that predispose them to addiction and associated high risk behaviors.  It’s one of the most effective prevention programs with results from Canada, UK, Australia, and other countries.

Personality traits that predispose one to addiction include:

  • Sensation seeking
  • Impulsiveness
  • Anxiety Sensitivity
  • Hopelessness

Operation OnRamp/Family Grant Program

In 2018, these two programs will merge into one and likely be called Family Grant. We now have more infrastructure to run it including an online form.

OnRamp is a popular program in which we help families pay for psychological evaluations and services for children. This removes the financial roadblock preventing kids from qualifying for much needed services at school or getting treatment plans that address their mental health issues. Even families that have insurance cannot afford the evaluation and insurance or Medicaid will often deny the claim.

Read more in our annual 2017 newsletter