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.
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!
March’s Insight was written by Diane Pickert, Community Prevention Specialist at Tri-County Mental Health Services.
In this Insight, Diane discusses the importance of setting boundaries at a young age. “By setting these boundaries and establishing consequences, it helps children develop self-control, supports development, and fosters a moral compass.”
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.