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Connections to Care


Locate resources for substance use and recovery

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Locating Mental Health Professionals

Online Communicatons

Emergency & Support Numbers

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Intervention & Support

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Public School Information

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Intervention for Ideation and Action


Information & Counseling

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Local Community Aid and Housing


Access to Government & Community Aid

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Support Groups and Information for Those Who Have Lost a Loved One

Why do we say "su*c*de"?

This is not due to stigma, as we think it's important to destigmatize mental health.  The reason we add the stars is to avoid trigger people who have has su*c*d*al ideation or have been directly impacted by su*c*de.  However, on our pages concerning mental health, we will not star it due to the fact that it is expected to see that word in those spaces.

What Makes a Child More At-Risk?

Certain social-determinants, as well as family history, often control why a child might be more prone to abusing substances.  These reasons are often related to individual experiences and do not reflect the habits of an entire demographic of people.

  • Experiencing acute or chronic pain

  • Physical health problems

  • Trauma or PTSD

  • Being a victim of violence or abuse

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Schizophrenia

  • ADHD

  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder

  • Self-harm

  • Suicide attempts

  • Low self-esteem

  • Witnessing misuse of drugs

  • Oppression or Intergenerational Trauma

Adverse Childhood Experiences

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) is are certain experiences that significantly disrupt a child’s wellbeing and development.  This can often worsen physical and mental outcomes later in life and can disrupt social and emotional relations with other people.


Trauma is not the same thing as ACE, but is a common response to ACE.

One way to combat ACE's adverse effects on a child's life is to understand how Social Emotional Learning (SEL) can help a child build up their awareness of their self and others, despite these experiences.

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