This site is devoted to improving treatment of mental health in honor of Sean Blake. He was a young man who loved kindness. A poet, writer and chef. He gave gifts of stories, letters and recipes. Sean showed his love by cooking for family, friends and strangers alike. You may have seen him reading palms on Church St. in Burlington, VT. He touched many lives with his wit, charisma and love of life.
The site is maintained by Sean’ s family. We hope to show that Sean was more than his disease. We share our stories and many stories of families affected by substance use disorder. We hope there will be less stigma and shame with mental illness and substance use disorder. We hope to raise awareness of the dangers of opiates and risk of death from their use. We advocate for compassionate treatment and harm reduction. We hope to show healing and growth in our recovery from his death.
As anyone reading this can understand, Sean wanted to live, he wanted sobriety. It takes only one moment of weakness with an opiate to cause serious consequences.
Sean died at age 27 from an overdose of alcohol and fentanyl, combined with marijuana.
We will miss him forever.