Articles by Jana Marie Foundation

  • Don’t let age take away art and creative expression
    by marisa331 on February 28, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    By Marisa Vicere Seeing the world through the eyes of a child is an amazing experience. Every day is a new day, full of wonder, adventure, creativity and imagination. Without hesitation, they draw, make music, sing, dance, tell stories … oh, so many wonderful stories. Paints, crayons, blocks, food, nature and thoughts all become part […]

  • Events mark Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month in Centre County
    by marisa331 on September 1, 2016 at 1:26 pm

    For the fourth consecutive year, Jana Marie Foundation has worked with the Centre County Board of Commissioners to proclaim September as Centre County Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month and Sept. 10 as Centre County Suicide Prevention Day. The designation is part of a month long, countywide effort to promote mental wellness and prevent suicide. The […]

  • Be vigilant during suicide prevention month
    by marisa331 on August 22, 2016 at 1:32 pm

    It was a seemingly perfect day. The sky was blue, the sun shone brightly and a cool breeze filled the air. I woke up to breakfast in bed and then headed out on a day trip to one of my favorite places, a small town in New Jersey. At the end of a fun-filled day, […]

  • Talking about suicide can save lives
    by marisa331 on August 25, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    June 18, 2011. A day I will never forget. It seems like just yesterday, every detail still fresh in my memory — including the phone call that changed my life forever. It was nearly midnight. My cellphone rang, but I was sound asleep. Next the house phone. Once again, too slow. Then my cellphone again […]

  • Stomp out stigma surrounding mental health
    by marisa331 on April 15, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    What if I told you 1 in 4 people experience a disorder in a given year? And that half of all chronic cases of this disorder begin by age 14, three-quarters by age 24? Would you be alarmed? Would you want to know more? Would you want to take a stand and help those in […]

  • Give, Expect Honest Answer to ‘How Are You?’
    by marisa331 on November 25, 2014 at 8:29 am

    “How are you?” “I’m fine.” Ah, yes. I’m fine. It’s become an automatic response but also is one of the most common lies people tell.  How often do we really mean everything is fine?  If it’s not true why do we say it? We say those two little words, “I’m fine,” because it’s what’s expected […]

  • Walk addresses stigma of suicide, depression
    by marisa331 on April 24, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    I am a survivor. These four words carry such a huge meaning. For some, the words signify strength, determination and power to overcome tough situations. However, for survivors of suicide loss, they carry a very different definition. To me, “I am a Survivor” symbolizes sorrow, loneliness and hope. Sorrow, for I will never have the […]

  • State College, PA – Sister Uses Tragedy to Help Young People in State College Area
    by marisa331 on March 29, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    State College, PA – Sister Uses Tragedy to Help Young People in State College Area. […]

  • Foundation Creates Awareness for Suicide Prevention
    by marisa331 on February 22, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    Humanitarian and tennis star Arthur Ashe once said that to make a difference, “start where you are, use what you have, do what you can.”  Six months after my sister, Jana Marie Vicere, completed suicide I realized the importance of this message.  I had the opportunity to help the State College community by sharing Jana’s […]

  • Reach Peace By Wiping Slate Clean Every Day
    by marisa331 on February 13, 2014 at 2:44 am

    A new year brings time for reflection; a chance for us to examine what makes us happy, to be proud of our successes and to recognize those areas in which we wish to grow. It allows us to make resolutions to better our lives and those around us. Most importantly, it provides us the opportunity […]