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SAFE Choices: Choose Knowledge

Prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery in the news

Choose knowledge and gain the power to empower with these publications, journals, and reports that pertain to youth substance prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery.

Recent Highlights

Week of December 5, 2022

Impaired driving related accidents could happen to anyone!

(image source — https://ccdlaw.com/safety/impaired-crash-stats/)

Week of November 28, 2022

When it comes to vaping, cigarette smoking, and tobacco chewing, it is important to know the facts, to understand the deceiving marketing strategies, and to have appropriate resources. Equally important is knowing how to confidently talk with your teen about this subject. Check out this CDC and US Surgeon General tip sheet for parents that contains information on how to prepare for the talk, how to start the conversation, and how to keep the conversation going.

Week of November 21, 2022

Every day, the tobacco industry spends $25 million to market their products. These two articles include information on tactics and ploys that target youth, an underage population.

Week of November 14, 2022

The Great American Smokeout is Thursday, November 17. Quitting smoking (vaping, chewing) is an individual process that begins with a single day. The American Cancer Society has no-cost resources and information on programs and supports that will help guide you on your journey to quit.

Week of November 7, 2022

More than 2.5 million high and middle school students currently use e-cigarettes according to the 2022 National Youth Tobacco Survey.

Week of October 30, 2022

SAFE Project invites you to prioritize prevention and keep the momentum of Red Ribbon Week throughout the entire year. Prevention is the most underutilized response to the addiction epidemic — everyone can play a role!

To help those engaged with the youth sector (parents, guardians, caretakers as well as schools and youth serving organizations), SAFE Project is happy to provide SAFE Solutions, a one-of-a-kind, online resource that consists of educational materials, innovative approaches, and researched best practices curated by national subject matter experts in addressing challenges pertaining to mental health and substance use disorders. Find solutions filtered by desired outcomes and/or on the continuum of care (prevention, early intervention, harm reduction, treatment, recovery, and systems).

Together, through collaboration of all impacted community sectors, we can work to ensure many great school years and promote wellness across the lifespan.

Week of October 24, 2022

Check out these action-oriented Red Ribbon Week choice options and show your support of SAFE Project’s red ribbon slogan: Choose your path. Make SAFE choices.

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Week of October 3, 2022

In recognition of National Youth Substance Use Prevention Month and red ribbon week, SAFE Project has created a resource landing page on our website:

On this site, you can request a supply of SAFE Project-designed red ribbons or red ribbon week stickers inscribed with the message “Choose Youth Path. Make Safe Choices” for use at the local level in your community.

Week of September 26, 2022

During National Recovery Month, SAFE Project is honored to join the thousands of impacted individuals, young and old, as they come together to spread positive messages that behavioral health is essential to overall health, prevention works, treatment is effective, that and people can and do recover.

This week, we would like to bring your attention to the “Mobilize Recovery Across America 2022” national bus tour which started September 5 and will go through October 6. Visit the Mobilize Recovery website to check out the highlights of each unique visit and hear messages about the common mission of ending overdose, ending addiction, and inspiring solutions for recovery.

September 30 is International Recovery Day. To learn more and join the celebration, visit – https://internationalrecoveryday.org/registration/

Week of September 19, 2022

SAFE Project is proud to join agencies and organizations across the country in taking steps to raise awareness of recovery month. This week, we feature resources and upcoming events available through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA):

Week of September 12, 2022

It has been three decades since the initial National Recovery Month, an observance held every September in support of the nation’s strong and proud recovery community, and the dedication of service providers and communities who make recovery in all its forms possible.

SAFE Project is a proud champion of those in recovery. We are pleased to provide these helpful resources that are available to those in recovery themselves and those helping individuals through their recovery journey.

Week of September 5, 2022

SAFE Project is honored to join the thousands of impacted individuals, young and old alike, as they come together during recovery month (September) to share inspiring messages of hope. To learn more about the history of recovery month as well as collaborative efforts across the country focused on the national theme: “Every Person. Every Family. Every Community”, visit:

The “Recovery & Resiliency with Real Students” recorded webinar is brought to you by the New England PTTC and SAMHSA Region 1:

Week of August 29, 2022

The success of each school year largely depends on a supportive and intentional collaboration between, student, family, educational facility, and faculty. With the diversity of concerns facing youth today, placing priority on mental health can lead to better outcomes. The most effective and sustainable approaches to improved mental health begins with understanding the needs of the individuals you seek to support.

The National Institute of Mental Health provides a list of warning signs, as well as brochures and other resources on mental health topics such as anxiety disorders, depression, eating disorders, and more:

Week of August 22, 2022

As schools across America are opening their doors to the start of the 2022/23 school year, we encourage all to prioritize youth mental health.

The state of an individual’s mental health affects every aspect of their life, including how they think, feel, and act. For young people experiencing symptoms of mental health challenges, the earlier treatment is started, the more effective it can be. Early treatment can help prevent more severe conditions as the child moves into adulthood. Relevant and supportive research on the topic include:

Week of August 15, 2022

Beginning a new school year usually comes with some anxiety, but in today’s uncertain times students may need a lot more support, reassurance, and comfort before they’re ready to learn.

To help, SAFE Project is happy to announce our Back to School resource page. It contains tools specifically for those engaged with the youth sector (parents, guardians, and caretakers, as well as schools and youth-serving organizations). Having conversations about mental health and substance use can build resilience and support youth in making healthy safe choices now and across their lifespan.

Week of August 8, 2022

The range of emotion spans across the spectrum from super excited to super stressed. There are many preparations that need to take place before the homeroom bell rings. This school year, we at SAFE Project encourage you to add a child “Mental Health Checkup” to your list of back-to-school preparations.

To help those engaged with the youth sector (parents, guardians, caretakers, as well as schools and youth serving organizations), SAFE Project is happy to provide SAFE Solutions, a one-of-a-kind, online resource that consists of educational materials, innovative approaches, and researched best practices curated by national subject matter experts in addressing challenges pertaining to mental health and substance use disorders. Find Solutions filtered by desired outcomes and/or on the continuum of care (prevention, early intervention, harm reduction, treatment, recovery, and systems).

Together, through collaboration of all impacted community sectors, we can work to ensure many great school years and promote wellness across the lifespan.

Week of August 1, 2022:

One of the toughest issues for families and friends is how to navigate the systems that provide care and/or support — and it’s especially hard when they are in a crisis situation.

The downloadable complimentary version is suited for:

  • Youth and young adults
  • Educators
  • Youth-serving organizations
  • Parents, guardians, and caretakers of youth
  • ANYONE interested in the topic

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Substance Use and Mental Health LGBTQ+ Resources:

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You can help end stigma and show your support of individuals experiencing mental health and substance use challenges by joining SAFE Project’s No Shame Movement. Access the No Shame pledge as well as the newly developed “No Shame Youth and Young Adult Supplemental Education Program” on our toolkit page.

Week of May 9, 2022:

The 2022 NPW Daily Themes:

  • May 9: Strengthening Community Resilience: Substance Misuse and Overdose Prevention
  • May 10: Preventing Substance Use and Promoting Mental Health in Youth
  • May 11: Preventing Suicide: Everyone Plays a Role
  • May 12: The Talent Pipeline: Enhancing the Prevention Workforce
  • May 13: Prevention is Everywhere: Highlighting Efforts Across Settings and Communities
  • May 14: Celebrating Prevention Heroes

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Additional Resources & Assistance

For more information about SAFE Choices, contact
Senior Director Ronna Yablonski at: ronna@safeproject.us