Engaging young people in advocacy, education & prevention
Creating social change around alcohol, drugs, and more

  • Youth Mental Health First Aid

    The course you need to take.

Neat! What Is It?
"Teens Kick Ash is intended to develop the next generation of tobacco-free advocates. Through hands-on training and team-building activities, middle and high school students from all over Ventura County learn facts about tobacco-related health risks. They also learn presentation and advocacy skills that will help them produce

Mental Health Tips for a New Year!

Take it easy with technology - It's difficult to set down devices when we're so surrounded by them but it's important to unplug and experience the physical world. The overstimulation of the internet can dull our senses and shrink the pleasure centers in our brain

In the mood to give this holiday season? We learned about some wonderful prevention charities in line with Straight Up's mission and hope you'll check them out!
Amy Winehouse Foundation
"Formed after the overdose death of the British soul singer in July 2011, The Amy Winehouse Foundation works to prevent the effects

"Bullying can have a lasting effect on a person's mental health: A new study finds that children who were bullied frequently when they were 8 years old were more likely to develop a psychiatric disorder that needed treatment as an adult, compared with kids who were not bullied.

The scientists also

*This post was written by Ventura County young adult, Alycia Eade.

Today, a major problem continues to fester in our society. Many people do not accept mental illness as an illness at all, simply because they cannot see a mental illness like they would a physical ailment. The disregard for the

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