Welcome to the Sun Will Rise Foundation
The Sun Will Rise Foundation exists because Robyn Houston-Bean lost her twenty year old son Nicholas Bean to an accidental overdose in May of 2015. Trying to find purpose and a reason to go on after a traumatic sudden loss, she knew that when she could function again, she would do something in his memory. Knowing the value of peer grief support groups, and the need for some in her area, she decided to start a Massachusetts grief support group called The Sun Will Rise, for those that have lost a loved one to overdose or substance use disorder. She had attended a group in Brighton and found it so helpful, but knew that one was needed closer, and set out to initiate one, so those on the South Shore and Braintree/Weymouth/Quincy Massachusetts area would not be alone in their grief. In December 2015, the grief group held its first meeting at the Braintree Town Hall.
The Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit charity, expanding from just overdose/substance use grief support, was created shortly after that. Its further dedication of providing education, awareness and prevention was a normal progression for those who loved Nick, not wanting other families to feel the utter devastation that they do. Speaking in front of parents, community members and teens at schools and other venues, Robyn has shared her family’s story to let people know that substance use disorder can happen to any family. She shares with parents, the risk factors that she feels she missed and urges teens to be part of the solution by helping their friends if they are worried about their use of alcohol or drugs. She tries to help erase the preconceived notions people have about those with substance use disorder and erase the stigma.