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Your Guide to Substance Use and Mental Health
Teens and young adults use substances for a variety of reasons. They may begin because of curiosity and peer pressure. Often, those who become habitual users are trying to “solve a problem.” According to the Indiana Prevention Resource Center in 2020, 11% of Indiana teens ages 12 and older said they had used alcohol or drugs to relax, feel better about themselves, or fit in. Substance use is “reinforcing.” This means that a youth is more likely to keep taking them when they seem to help with a given problem or need. Teens say substances can help them relax, alleviate boredom, fit in socially, escape emotional or physical pain, deal with traumatic memories, relieve anxiety, go to sleep, get up in the morning, lose weight, etc. It’s important for adults to understand what it is specifically that makes substances appealing to the youth they are serving in order to address substance use.Child Mind Institute has created a “Complete Guide to Substance Use + Mental Health,” which provides a deep dive into the following topics:
- An Introduction to Co-Occurring Disorders
- An Overview of Substance Use
- Differential Diagnosis
- Depression and Substance Use
- Anxiety Disorders and Substance Use
- ADHD and Substance Use
- Encouraging Your Young Adult to Seek Treatment
- Quality Treatment and How to Get It
- The Family Role in Supporting Your Child
Click here to expand on Child Mind Institute’s areas of learning from above.
1/12/23: IYI is now accepting applications for their College & Career Consulting Grant program. If you are a nonprofit or school supporting work related to postsecondary college & career readiness for Hoosier youth, you are encouraged to apply. The goal of this opportunity is to support your work and implementation of College & Career initiatives or programs to build stronger pathways into postsecondary education. IYI is offering consulting opportunities, which provides services valued at over $3,000 per organization, including:
- Forty (40) hours of organization selected consulting services to advance existing college & career focused work to support youth in postsecondary education
- One (1) Continuing Education Stipend of $750 to further professional development goals of staff working on your organization’s college & career efforts
- Projects must support work related to postsecondary college & career readiness for youth
- Four (4) grants will be awarded
The application closes February 17, 2023. If you’re interested in learning more, click here. You can apply here.
6/10/22: College and Career Readiness Resources
Resources to Boost Hoosier College and Career Readiness
Resources to Help Students with Financial Aid
Recursos para apoyar a los estudiantes con la ayuda financiers
Higher Ed Access & Enrollment Strategies – Part 1
Higher Ed Access & Enrollment Strategies – Part 2
3/21/22: The IYI Data Book, Executive Summary
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