Today’s youth are confronted by many challenging situations. Our media campaigns are created to educate, change social norms, and reduce youth substance use across the Northland. By taking a regional approach, these messages are able to reach a broad audience. Each campaign is developed using up-to-date information and current data. Campaigns include billboards, mailers, radio advertisements, YouTube advertisements, and Facebook content.
What Parents Can Do.
Preventing Teen Marijuana Use
Conversations about marijuana may seem difficult to navigate with your kids, but a little work on the front end can protect your child’s health and safety for years to come. Parent Up is here to help! Learn more about our 4 C’s and check out our tips and tools for talking to youth about marijuana at parentupkc.com/marijuana.
Summer Is Coming!
Help Ensure Your Kids Stay Alcohol-Free!
Summer is upon us! As our kids experience more freedom and extra spare time, the risk for teen drinking increases. It’s important to prevent underage drinking to keep teens sage from drunk driving, accidents, and the many other negative consequences, but preventing underage drinking also protects teens’ developing brains! Set clear no-use alcohol rules with your kids and help ensure that this summer is a good one. Parent Up is packed full of tips, tools, and conversation starters to help you prevent alcohol use in your kids. Check them out at parentupkc.com/alcohol.
Watch. Drop. Talk.
Prevent Prescription Drug Misuse
Everyone has a role to play in keeping powerful prescription drugs out of the hands of our youth. Together we can keep kids and teens safe from prescription drug misuse and accidental poisonings by using the “Watch. Drop. Talk.” strategy.
Research points to family meals as helping to increase children’s academic performance, literacy, and connection to family, while decreasing the risk of depression, substance use, and obesity. It doesn’t have to be complicated! The goal is sitting down together for a 20-minute family meal most days of the week.
Parent Up: Parents Have Power
Parents have the most influence. The rules you set, the relationships you build, and the conversations you have about substance use influence the decisions your kids make. Teens who learn about the risks of substance use from their parents are half as likely as their peers.
Prevention Work Continues!
May’s Insight was written by Kathy Radigan, writer, blogger, and mom to three.
In this Insight, Kathy shares an open-letter she wrote her son regarding her stance on underage drinking. Ridgan says, “But I never expected the letter to go viral, being shared hundreds of thousands of times.”
With Tri-County Mental Health Services, Youth With Vision’s primary Focus is to work with our schools and communities to decrease alcohol and other drug use by teens so that all youth in Clay, Platte, and Ray county have the opportunity to reach their full potential.