Below are some local resources that can help you learn more about behavioral health and substance abuse topics. These resources are from organizations that are part of the Mayor’s Substance Abuse Task Force, and the links will take you to the community member’s website.
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Parents have the power to prevent underage drinking and youth substance abuse by talking to their children early and often about the dangers. “Talk. They Hear You.” is a national campaign that includes videos and an app to help parents develop their talking points. Learn more here.
Nearly every parent wants the best for their children. They try to love, guide, and nurture, but still, too many young people make the decision to experiment with alcohol and other drugs, and some will become addicted. So what’s a parent to do? Visit Youth First’s website to read this helpful article.
Preventing substance abuse takes a community effort from the time children are born until they become healthy, productive adults. The best prevention practices focus on strengthening youth and families by enhancing parenting techniques, developing life skills, and boosting a young person’s ability to overcome challenges. Learn more about Youth First’s prevention programs here.
The research also shows that substance abuse declines when we provide positive life experiences for young people, like after school programs, and promote their positive behaviors. In fact, the truth is that most teens are steering clear of substance abuse. “The Truth Is” campaign helps correct misperceptions and promotes the positive choices young people make. For example, surveys of Evansville teens show most youth never or rarely drink alcohol, but they incorrectly think most of their peers do. Help promote the truth by learning more about The Truth Is.
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