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.

*This post was written by Ventura High School Senior, Madison Jaffe.

Although at first glance substance abuse and eating disorders may seem unrelated, the root of their existence can be attributed to two basic themes: impulsivity and a need for control (nationaleatingdisorders.org, futuresofpalmbeach.com). Because both diseases stem from similar traits, research

We've been visiting schools around Ventura County this week (and most weeks, but especially this week!) to get youth involved in prevention advocacy. Students have shared their knowledge of the negative effects drugs can have on the mind, body and quality of life with us and have been priceless participants in

*This was written by a Ventura County young adult.

I've never really talked about it in depth for fear of hurting someone's feelings by disregarding privacy in order to shed my own opinions on the topic of addiction.

Both my parents are drug addicts. There is no cure. Addiction is this always

*This post was written by CSUCI student and Straight Up volunteer, Melanie House.

On Saturday, October 8th, Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin hosted a Mental Health Resource Fair at Moorpark College. The event was to promote mental health and emotional wellness by connecting local residents to services and resources that are available in our


September is Suicide Awareness Month. For some of us, the subject of suicide may seem like a foreign language. After all, we haven't been affected so what makes awareness so important? Did you know more than 50% of college students will experience suicidal feelings? Or that the #1 reason for