Prevention/ Awareness Programs & Helpful Student Resources
- iPhone App for Suicide Prevention - The Texas Youth Suicide Prevention project announces a small iPhone App for suicide prevention which is freely distributable everywhere. To download this app on an iPhone, iPad or iTunes, search for "suicide prevention" and look for "ASK." The app features the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number, 1-800-273-8255, warning signs, how to ask the question about suicide to save a life, and a list of Texas' Local Mental Health Authorities (community MHMR centers).
- Tarrant Cares - We would like to introduce you to a new resource that will help you, your students and their families. Tarrant Cares (www.tarrantcares.org) offers information about local services, along with a library of more than 30,000 articles on a variety of issues. The library also includes information on thousands of medications, including many photographs. Another section provides information about hundreds of medical tests. Your families can even set up their own secure personal health records – the perfect place to keep up with the immunizations that you require.
Tarrant Cares is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at no charge to any user. And you will not see advertising on the site. Instead, at Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley’s request, community agencies collaborated to provide the funding for this important resource. Mental Health Connection of Tarrant County is coordinating the Tarrant Cares effort, working with more than 100 providers of multiple services throughout the county.
We would appreciate your help in letting others at your school and your students’ families know about this new resource. Here are some ways you might help:
- Place the Tarrant Cares logo with a link to www.tarrantcares.org on your District Web site
- Send an e-mail flyer to the families in your District
- Include the information in your District newsletter
- Place rack cards explaining Tarrant Cares in your libraries and other key locations
- Post the flyer in your public areas
Click here to find Tarrant Cares logos you can use, along with a flyer and other materials. If you would like rack cards, magnets or “business cards,” please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- "Net Cetera': Chatting with Kids about Being Online”— On Guard Online (http://www.OnGuardOnline.gov) recently released Net Cetera: Chatting with Kids About Being Online, a guide for parents, teachers and other mentors with practical tips to help kids navigate the online world safely. Net Cetera covers a variety of topics – from cyber bullying to file-sharing – as well as where to go for more information and issues to raise with kids about living their lives online. Read it at www.onguardonline.gov/netcetera and in Spanish at www.alertaenlinea.gov/netcetera.
- Talk early. Talk often. Get others involved – An Underage drinking prevention campaign - Sponsored by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association, the campaign’s main focus is to help parents have open and ongoing conversations with their preteen and teen children about the dangers of underage alcohol use. The campaign includes public service announcements and a web site with additional materials. Access the Web site at www.underagedrinking.samhsa.gov.
- Teen Suicide Prevention Campaign - This prevention campaign, sponsored by the federal government’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, hopes to raise awareness in teens that are contemplating suicide that there are resources they can turn to and other teens that have contemplated suicide and made it through. We Can Help Us encourages young people to visit the website connected with the campaign, Reachout.com that highlights success stories and teen coping strategies. Each page on reachout.com includes the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) for teens that need immediate support. To view the Web site, go to http://us.reachout.com.
- See IT and Stop It: Teen Action Campaign – A Massachusetts teens' project - Created by teens in Massachusetts to help prevent relationship violence, this web site offers information on recognizing and stopping abuse. The campaign is different from other teen dating violence prevention projects: it focuses on bystanders. View the Web site at www.seeitandstopit.org/pages/index.html.
- Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) has launched a program called "The Power of Parents, It’s Your Influence" to help parents of high school students prevent underage drinking in their homes and communities.
- Military OneSource (www.MilitaryOneSource.com), a Department of Defense program, provides free help and information, 24/7, to service members and their families on issues that affect them, including parenting and child care, the concerns of families of children with special needs, budgeting and finances, consumer purchases, education, relationships, the cycle of deployment, and overall health and well-being.
- Underage Drinking Prevention and Awareness - The Too Smart To Start (TSTS) web site, keeps individuals and organizations informed with the latest news on underage drinking. The website is sponsored by the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP). The Too Smart To Start Web site helps youth, families, educators, and communities prevent underage alcohol use and its related problems. It provides useful programs and strategies, downloadable materials, interactive games and exercises, and other resources to support The Surgeon General's Call to Action To Prevent and Reduce Underage Drinking.
- The Dangers of Prescription Drugs - As communities around the country renew their focus on the dangers of prescription drugs, parents are not alone and there are many free resources available. Learn why teens are abusing prescription drugs, the signs and symptoms of abuse, and which drugs are more frequently abused here.
- In the digital world, kids can be anywhere. While the Internet is an incredible tool for education and entertainment, it can also expose youth to inappropriate content and contact. At www.ikeepsafe.org, parents will find a vast number of resources to help families have a safe and secure online experience. PARENTS: check out the MISD Internet Safety information page for more.