Alliance for Safe Kids - Resources

13 Reasons Why Not

Need help? Please find a list of various resources below: Community Resource Guide. This directory will allow you to make connections to every sector of your community, to current information about substance abuse and mental health and to resources and hotlines for immediate help. Crisis Text Line. CTL serves anyone in any type of crisis, providing them […]

May is Mental Health Month!

Would You Know When You’ve Gone Too Far? Mental health is essential to everyone’s overall health and well-being, and mental illnesses are common and treatable. But people experience symptoms of mental illnesses differently—and some engage in potentially dangerous or risky behaviors to avoid or cover up symptoms of a potential mental health problem. Sometimes people—especially […]

Youth Mental Health First Aid (Day 2 of 2)

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 – in […]

Youth Mental Health First Aid (Day 1 of 2)

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 – in […]

‘Mental Health First Aid’ Certification

A free training class is being offered to help take the fear and hesitation out of starting conversations about mental health and substance abuse problems by teaching people how to identify, understand and respond to a variety of mental health situations. The Alliance for Safe Kids (ASK), announced the availability of this free, two-day certification […]

Stress-Busting Tips for the Holidays

5 Stress-Busting Tips to Start 2017 Off Right!

December can be a very stressful time of year with holiday shopping, parties and final exams weighing on your mind (just to name a few). Here are a five stress-busting tips to help calm your nerves and recharge so you can start 2017 off right. Sleep. Getting enough sleep is important for your body to recharge […]

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5 Tips for Beating the Holiday Blues

The holiday season is here and for some of us, it can trigger symptoms of depression and anxiety. There are many different factors that can contribute to the holiday blues, especially decreased sunlight during the winter months, overscheduling, exhaustion, and unrealistic holiday expectations. Here are a few tips for beating those holiday blues!

Alliance for Safe Kids - Resources

ASK Three Words… “Are You Okay?”

Three words that can change the course of a teen’s life! Are You Ok? These words can start a very important conversation with a young person that can show them that someone cares and is there to help! Everyday about 12 youth die by suicide, and about 25 more make an attempt! This month is national suicide prevention […]

How to Prevent Teen Suicide

Teens face a wide variety of issues today, from pressures at school to bullying to maintaining relationships. The high school years can be especially challenging, because young people are trying to figure out their direction after graduation as well as keep up with their day-to- day routines. The pressure to do well academically, to be cool, to try […]

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 […]