There are only a few spots left for our May 3rd online naloxone training session. See details and register here.
Johnny’s Ambassadors offers weekly expert education for parents on youth substance abuse, mental health, and suicide prevention. These webinars are FREE for all participants. See upcoming webinars here.
The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence - Rochester Area’s Spring Newsletter is out and even mentions some of the work WHEN:DFCC is doing. You can read it here.
Youth Focus Groups
Over the last couple of weeks, WHEN:DFCC has completed youth focus groups engaging 277 students. Findings will be shared along with our community survey responses in a special edition newsletter later this month.
One take-away from our youth focus groups is that many students would like to quit vaping but don’t feel comfortable asking for help. In response, WHEN has added resources to our website to support youth who are trying to quit, as well as vaping information for parents. Please share this information with your friends and neighbors.
Safe Drug Disposal
If you missed National Drug Take Back Day last Saturday at the Holt Rd Wegmans, stop by the Webster Chamber of Commerce Mon-Fri 8-4, and ask for a free Deterra bag so you can safely dispose of your medications at home.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month
Mental Health America (MHA) released its annual State of Mental Health in America Report. As the pandemic persists, we are now seeing the highest levels of anxiety and depression reported since March 2020. This is a troubling trend and there are an alarming number of children reporting thoughts of suicide and self-harm.
The 2021 State of Mental Health in America report confirms the trend that mental health in the U.S. continues to decline, many states are ill-prepared to handle this crisis, and that policymakers at every level of government need to act immediately.
1 in 6 U.S. youth aged 6-17 experience a mental health disorder each year.
Half of all lifetime mental illness begins by age 14, and 75% by age 24.
The average delay between onset of mental illness symptoms and treatment is 11 years.
Suicide is the #2 leading cause of death among people aged 10-34 in the U.S.
Suicide is the #3 leading cause of death in teens between 15 and 19 years old.
61.5% of youth with depression did not receive any mental health treatment.
[Source: The State Of Mental Health In America]
What you can do?
Stop the Stigma is a way to get people talking, empower youth, and let them know that they are not alone. How do we stop stigma?
Conversation. Try these simple tips for talking.
Resources for parents:
If you or someone you know may be considering suicide, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (en español: 1-888-628-9454; deaf and hard of hearing: dial 711, then 1-800-273-8255) or the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741.
SAMHSA’s National Helpline – 1-800-662-HELP (4357). SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.
We meet online via Google Meet the second Wednesday of each month at noon. Many of us join during our lunch break. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate. In fact, our goal is to have representation from all walks of life, to better meet the needs of the whole community.
Our next meeting is Wednesday, May 12th at noon. Simply register here to receive the meeting link, or email Janine Sanger, Executive Director for more information.
Thank you to coalition members Stephanie Hazelett and Linda Dioguardi for their assistance running the student focus groups. We were able to meet with nearly 300 students over the course of the week. Stephanie and Linda took notes and supported the focus group process and conversations. We couldn't have done these without you. Thank you ladies!
If you are a member of WHEN but have not yet joined a committee - you’re missing out! Please email Jen at info@WHENdfcc.org to be added to a committee distribution list. That’s how you’ll know what we’re working on and how you can contribute. There is never any obligation to take on specific projects, but Webster benefits from the inclusion of many perspectives and suggestions - especially yours! See committee descriptions here.
View past issues of this newsletter under the Current News dropdown menu on our website and please share this newsletter with anyone you think may appreciate the resources!