Don’t forget that this Saturday (September 29) is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Here’s how it works: From 10:00am-2:00pm on Saturday, multiple collection sites in all 50 states are coming together under one purpose. It is an opportunity to return all unwanted and/or expired medications for safe and proper disposal in support of reducing prescription drug abuse. To find a collection site closest to you, check out this website. Spread the word to friends and family to support this awesome, national cause!
Suicide remains the tenth leading cause of death, but is the third leading cause of death among teens aged 15-24. As common as suicide is, it still tends to be a taboo subject and for that reason, many teens go a long time feeling extremely depressed, isolated, and hopeless with no where to turn for fear that if they tell someone the person will not understand and will possibly even try to lock them up in a mental institution. If you are in this position, you are not alone! Here at the YouthLine we talk to teens very regularly who are feeling suicidal and struggling with whether they should cope with what’s going on or end it all. We also talk to teens who know a friend or loved one who they think may be suicidal and are unsure of how to help the person. It is 100% normal and okay to feel suicidal. Many of us go through difficult times in life where it is nearly impossible to see the light at the end of the tunnel and feel like there are options. Even if it doesn’t feel like it right now, there are always options and things do get better! Teen volunteers are here Monday-Friday from 4-9pm because they genuinely care and want to listen to the things that matter to you and how it makes you feel, with no judgement on our end. YouthLiners can also walk you through how to help a friend who shows signs of being suicidal.
National Suicide Prevention Week is a great opportunity to remind whoever is reading this that it is okay to talk about suicide and in fact, we encourage it! Whether you are suicidal or are concerned for others who may be thinking of suicide, as the picture reads: “SPEAK UP AND REACH OUT”
Here are the ways you can contact a teen on the YouthLine:
Text “teen2teen” to 66746
Instant Message by clicking the Chat Icon
Daily stresses like dealing with school, relationship problems, and trouble at home make being a teenager hard enough as it is. Things get even more complicated when you throw drugs and alcohol into the mix. You probably get a different response about partying and the supposed safety or danger that comes along with it depending on who you talk to…how confusing! Are you supposed to believe the friend from school who swears that smoking weed is completely harmless and the absolute worst that can happen is you might feel a little panicky, or the health teacher who claims that marijuana is an addictive and illegal drug that causes a list of short and long-term side effects. With such contradictory information going around, it can feel almost impossible to know the truth about real life consequences of drugs and alcohol. The more confident you can be that you have the facts and know the right answers to tricky questions, the more likely it is that you will be able to make a positive decision for yourself that you can be happy with and not later regret. An awesome website called “Just Think Twice” helps bridge the gap between fiction and fact so that you can be absolutely positive that you are not being misled by someone who may not have your best intentions in mind. By visiting this website you can learn the facts about common drugs such as marijuana and cocaine and even drugs that you maybe never heard of! There is also a teens ask teens section where you can read about drug related questions that teens ask and get answered by other teens who really care. Check the website out here!