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.

It's hard to comprehend depression as someone who's never felt it before - and I think the largest roadblock to that understanding is the common assumption that when people say they suffer from "depression", they're referring to the natural sadness that might accompany a breakup or an unfortunate life situation.

Depression as it applies

Are you up to date on tobacco news? This just in! Walgreens is getting involved in the politics of its shareholders:

"Walgreens is blocking its shareholders from voting on ending tobacco sales. It's pretty bad that a pharmacy chain that claims to be "at the corner of happy and healthy" continues

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

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