If you think FASD doesn’t affect you and your family, Deb Evensen wants you to think again. Evensen has been educating Alaskans about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders for more than 30 years. She works with school districts and organizations across Alaska and the U.S. to address the issue. In this video, she explains the five things everyone should know about FASD.
Ali and Christina, from Idaho Falls, were near winners on America’s Got Talent.
Bath salts are a non-regulated designer drug comprised of a synthetic cathinone, or amphetamine, that can have dangerous and debilitating effects on those who use them. The adverse health effects from bath salt use can range from agitation, lack of appetite, kidney failure, muscle spasms, severe paranoid delusions and psychosis. Several cases of long-term patient hospitalization and suicide have been reported.
This video has been developed as part of collaboration among the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the Department of Health and Human Services. The video is designed to help schools, parents, and others who interact with kids understand the differences between harassment and bullying, and their legal obligations with respect to both.
This is an animated story that captures the pressures and serious decisions facing teens around the issue of prescription drug abuse. This compelling story follows two teenage girls through a journey of life choices—some easier, some more difficult. The story is intended to leave viewers thinking about the impact of their choices.
Note: High school students provided input and guidance into the story development and scripting process to ensure that the video is relevant and engaging to teen audiences.
In this series, Bob provides a synopsis of what his “Craving and Relapse” video is all about: helping alcoholics and drug addicts identify their set-up behaviors and trigger events so they can avoid entering the craving cycle so often.
The health of an unborn child is of top concern to women while pregnant. An estimated 40,000 babies are born each year with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), which can affect their physical, mental, behavioral and cognitive development for a lifetime. While pregnant women are accustomed to hearing varying advice on whether it is safe to drink “lightly,” it is important to note that there is no scientific evidence available that allows us to set a “safe” amount of alcohol that will not affect the developing fetus. FASDs are completely preventable by abstaining from alcohol while pregnant (and while trying to conceive). Mixing alcohol and pregnancy is simply not worth the risk.
The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids new TV public service announcement opens with familiar imagery, an egg being cracked open on a cast iron frying pan, as the sound of hot butter sizzles. Then the voiceover says, “This is your brain. This is drugs. This is your brain on drugs. Any questions?” It transitions to a series of kids asking parents questions about substance abuse in rapid succession. “Um yeah, I have questions,” says one teen. “Prescription drugs aren’t as bad as street drugs, right?” says another. “Weed’s legal, isn’t it?” The tension continues building in the spot with each question. “Why is heroin so addictive?” “Dad, did you ever try drugs?” The PSA then closes with a voiceover from Emmy-Award winning actress Allison Janney: “They’re going to ask. Be ready. Go to drugfree.org.”
HowToTellYourChild.com, is an online platform with fun animated lessons for children on awkward and tough topics like puberty and child sexual abuse. With videos, books and related products, growing up has never been so fun.
“You affect other people, even if you don’t think you do. People notice your actions, you have influence. You have the power to strengthen your nation. Think about it, what someone sees you do can change their life. That one choice you make strengthens you, strengthens others, and strengthens your nation.”
Cheske Spencer and others share their stories of how they strengthen their nation. “You can choose to walk the right path and when you do you strengthen yourself, you strengthen other people, and you’re not alone. Be strong, be confident, because we’re walking the path with you and together we can strengthen our nation.”
The Mental Health Channel is a new online network that’s changing the conversation on mental health through inspiring true stories. Watch our first episodes, then check back weekly or get reminders as new episodes launch!
Mind Your Meds
This PSA portrays an adult opening a bathroom cabinet for medication. When the mirrored door closes, the reflection is that of a teenager, the implicit message being, “mind your meds.”
A series of parents who know the challenges of addiction as well as the struggles and power of recovery speak about their story. If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction, you are not alone. Share your story and hear from others with the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids’ Stories of Hope at http://www.drugfree.org/stories-of-hope/.
America’s broadcasters have launched a new campaign to eradicate the stigma of mental illness. Join the conversation and support America’s youth at OK2TALK.org.
CAMH (Center for Addiction and Mental Health) is teaming up with the Chiefs of Ontario (COO) and the Ontario First Nations Young Peoples Council to address the harmful use of prescription opioids among First Nation youth.
The “Parents Who Host, Lose The Most: Don’t be a party to teenage drinking” is public awareness campaign developed by Drug-Free Action Alliance to educate parents about the health and safety risks of serving alcohol at teen parties and to increase awareness of and compliance with the Underage Drinking Laws.
The Choose Your Path activity includes two interactive videos that allow teens to assume the role of the main character and make decisions about whether to abuse certain prescription drugs, such as Xanax or Adderall. After each scene, the viewer selects what the main character will do next and sees the results of that decision. The videos illustrate realistic scenarios in which teens might be confronted with a decision about whether to abuse prescription drugs.
“Prescription for Addiction” is a short video highlighting the prescription drug epidemic. Sponsored by the Idaho Office of Drug Policy, it features Idaho’s Governor Butch Otter, the Administrator of ODP Elisha Figueroa, a mother who lost her son to prescription drugs and a successfully recovered youth.
A motocross racer, a stock car driver, a bull rider, and other Idahoans share their personal stories with tobacco and experiences with people who smoke. Along with Project Filter, they encourage people to seek help and quit tobacco.
“Show Me How” is a 90-second “commercial” for the Safe Schools/Healthy Students Initiative. Using cutting-edge techniques taken from music videos and original music performed by 11- to 13-year old young people, “Show Me How” depicts the challenges facing youth in our communities and the successful solutions provided by this unique Federal-local partnership. More information about Safe Schools/Healthy Students can be found at http://www.sshs.samhsa.gov.
Features inspiring stories from three people who survived an attempted suicide. Told through their voices and those of their families, the stories recount their journeys from the suicide attempt to a life of hope and recovery. Includes a video guide.
“The Environmental Impact of Cigarette Butts” shows a young girl who is presenting to her class in school about what she learned over the summer and how toxic cigarette butts pollute our environment. In her presentation, she shares many facts about how cigarette butts harm the world we live in, cost us millions to clean up and don’t biodegrade. Whether you smoke or not, we all pay the price of tobacco.
The Parents360 Rx video is an easy-to-use tool to share information with parents and other concerned citizens about the real dangers of medicine abuse and ways to prevent and respond to it. Learn more at http://pact360.org/programs/parents360rx and http://www.MedicineAbuseProject.org.
WE SHALL REMAIN was created to address the effects of historical trauma in our tribal communities. Many times, these untended wounds are at the core of much of the self-inflicted pain experienced in Native America. Much like fire, this pain can either be devastatingly destructive or wisely harnessed to become fuel that helps us to rise up and move forward in life with joy, purpose and dignity.
Ever hosted a party with juveniles, or supplied alcohol to your own children in your home? Learn about the facts, legal obligations and other information.
This short video explains in a very simple way why we should all support efforts to create plain packaging, one effective and cost-effective way of reducing tobacco use around the world.
For more information about bullying prevention, go to www.DisputeResolution.Ohio.gov