UMatter is a national organization that was developed specifically for the use of kids and teenagers in middle school and high school. With a website geared towards educating kids about themselves and their peers, UMatter focuses on teens helping teens on a daily basis, rather than placing the responsibility on just parents and teachers
UMatter was recently adopted at the main education source regarding mental health and drug abuse for the kids of CPS. Though highly focused on the efforts to stamp out drug abuse, the programs provided by UMatter help kids understand the possible reasons behind drug use and how to manage them or notice them in someone else before things get "too far."
Find out more on their website.
Youth Community Coalition (YC2)
YC2 is a local coalition that focuses on the education of mental health a drug abuse in kids within the CPS system. YC2 works with three separate organizations, some local and some national, bringing together resources for CPS kids.
These organizations include:
YC2 is a middle man for bringing these services to CPS kids and their parents. Find more information about this awesome coalition as well as the listed affiliates on their website.
Alliance of Hope
Founded in 2008 by licensed clinical mental health counselor Ronnie Walker, the Alliance of Hope is a national organization is a non for profit 501(c)(3) focused on providing healing support for those who have lost a loved one to suicide. Walker founded the organization in honor of losing her step son to suicide in 1995. The Alliance focuses on kindness and acceptance, stating that compassion and support is what is needed most after such a tragic event.
If you or someone you know is in need of these services, do not hesitate to find more information on their website.
Quit Smoking Community
QSC is an online community devoted to helping those who want to quit smoking cigarettes do just that. QSC operates on a first name basis with Nathan and Karen as the co-founders as a step in the direction of online community making. It is a revolutionary idea connecting more and more people on the same path to a smoke-free life.
Read more about QSC here.
Addiction Resource is a 24 hour service, online and over the phone, working to discuss and make the idea of addiction less taboo, as well as giving help to those working through the dark depths of addiction. Providing education and limitless resources, addiction resources is a good first step for those who are ready to heal and change their lives. Find out more about AddictionResources here and add it to your toolbox of helpful knowledge to share with those in need.
ASAM stands for American Society of Addiction Medicine. Founded in 1954, ASAM is a society of over 4,000 professional medical practitioners working in the field of addiction medicine. It’s main goal is to improve the quality of addiction treatment, all the while educating practitioners as well as the public about addiction and the steps that can be taken to heal. It supports the lessening of the taboo ideas behind addiction by presenting upfront information on the subject and why it is something that need be discussed.
Check out more about ASAM here.
The Gift of Second
The courageous Brandy Lidbeck runs the site thegiftofsecond.com where survivors of suicide are encourage share their stories, or simply to read those by others, if they are willing, providing hope for all who need it. The pain felt by losing a loved one to suicide is deep and can be difficult to understand, and even more difficult to heal from. With giftofthesecond we can provide hope for anyone survivor, anywhere, at any time. If you are in need of this hope and encouragement presented here, do not be afraid to visit this website.
Lidbeck also wrote a book called The Gift of Second: Healing from the Impact of Suicide, this you can learn more about on our media page.
College Student’s Guide to Avoiding Drug and Alcohol Abuse
The Community for Accredited Online Schools provides new college students (or even seasoned college students) insight and advice on addiction, recovery and how to navigate substance abuse on college campuses.
Click here to read the article. Make sure to take notes, too!
Adolescent Screenings and Evaluations
Common Substance Use Disorders (Drug Addiction)
What are Substance Use Disorders (SUD)? Substance use disorders (SUD) occur when someone's use of a substance (drug or alcohol) causes health problems or problems at work, school, or home. A common sign of a SUD is when someone is unable to stop using a substance despite adverse consequences. Commonly associated terms include substance abuse, drug abuse, drug use disorder, and drug addiction.
To learn more about substance use disorders go to https://www.addictiongroup.org/resources/faq/sud/
Underage Drinking & Alcoholism Risks
While the legal age in the United States is 21 to drink alcohol, 11 percent of all alcohol consumption occurs in individuals between the ages of 12 and 20. Underage drinking can be dangerous and lead to serious physical and mental health issues later in life.
Go to https://alcoholrehabhelp.org/addiction/alcoholism/underage/ to learn more about the dangers and associated risks of underage drinking.
The Ultimate Parent Guide for Protecting Your Child on the Internet
So many Online Child Safety guides are just scaring parents, without telling them what they can actually do; and this is why we came together, a group of cybersecurity experts and parents, to create a different guide. It’s updated for November 2020, and it’s all about steps you can take to protect your child from Sexual predators, Cyberbullying, Mobile phone addiction and hurtful content. While we don’t think you should panic as a parent, you do need to be aware of the risk’s magnitude, as every kid could be affected.