Celebrate Red Ribbon Week!

The Alliance for Safe Kids (ASK) invites the community to take a visible stand against drugs by celebrating Red Ribbon Week from October 23-31. Red Ribbon Week raises awareness of drug use and the problems related to drugs facing our community, and encourages parents, educators, business owners, and other community organizations to promote drug-free lifestyles. […]

Youth Mental Health First Aid Course

Sometimes, first aid isn’t a bandage, or CPR, or the Heimlich, or calling 911.  Sometimes, first aid is YOU! A young person you know could be experiencing a mental health challenge or crisis. You can help!              You are more likely to encounter someone — friend, family member, student, neighbor or member of the community […]

Your Safety is at Stake!

The Federal Trade Commission suggests these tips for digital safety: Think about how different sites work before deciding to join a site. Some sites will allow only a defined community of users to access posted content; others allow anyone and everyone to view postings. Think about keeping some control over the information you post. Consider […]

On the Fence About Volunteering?

Thinking about volunteering for the Alliance for Safe Kids but wondering what sets us apart from other organizations? Patrick T. shares a few thoughts about his experience… I started to volunteer for ASK while I was in the 8th grade. I had attended some of their events, had a good time and found out that […]

Talking Points for Someone at Risk of Suicide

The following suggestions for talking with someone at risk of suicide are adapted from the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and various prevention programs: Speak openly and honestly about your concern.  Asking someone directly if they are considering suicide often provides relief. Be willing to listen with compassion and without judgment. Do not express shock or horror.  It […]

Alcohol Myths vs. Facts

Myth: Alcohol isn’t as harmful as other drugs. Fact: Alcohol increases your risk for many deadly diseases, such as cancer. Drinking too much alcohol too quickly can lead to alcohol poisoning, which can kill you. Myth: Drinking is a good way to loosen up at parties. Fact: Drinking is a dumb way to loosen up. […]