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Resources for Parents


Underage and Binge Drinking in Ventura County
Underage drinking is when anyone under the minimum legal drinking age of 21 drinks alcohol. It is a risk to youth and a widespread public health problem.

In Ventura County, 6% of 7th graders, 14% of 9th graders and 26% of 11th graders currently

Brought to you by How High Ventura County and Ventura County Behavioral Health. 
1 in 4 Ventura County high school juniors has smoked weed in the past month. How High Ventura County is a health initiative designed to teach parents and youth that marijuana affects teens differently. It's not about politics.







Are today's teens and young adults at risk of developing depression and anxiety due to our constant use of technology, screen time, and social media? And does this impact their alcohol and drug use or abuse? How can parents encourage healthy use of technology and better coping mechanisms







Someone in this country dies by suicide every 12 minutes, but suicide deaths are not inevitable. For every person who dies by suicide, 278 individuals think seriously about suicide but do not die. For some, the difference may be connecting with a compassionate, trained crisis center volunteer or staff member who


Elizabeth D'Amico is a senior behavioral scientist at RAND and a licensed clinical psychologist. She is nationally known for her work on motivational interventions that help adolescents and young adults make healthier decisions, especially around alcohol and drug use. She leads a large and ongoing research project at RAND to







Originally, the mission of Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) was to help young people say “No” to drinking and driving.  Today, the mission has expanded.  Students have told us that positive peer pressure, role modeling, and environmental strategies can prevent other destructive decisions and set a healthier, safer course for


The author of this post is going to be a junior in high school in Ventura County in the fall. 

Are you stressed or depressed? Stress and depression are very similar but they have different affects on the body.
Stress is good for you when it motivates you, but not when it

This article was written with information taken from the International Overdose Awareness Day website and Ventura County Responds.


In honor of International Overdose Awareness Day on August 31st, here's some information and resources about the signs and statistics of overdose.
Drug overdose is the leading cause of unintentional injury death in the

This article is based on resources provided by Ventura County Behavioral Health.


Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among young people aged 16 to 19. Teen drivers are more likely than older drivers to underestimate or not recognize dangerous situations. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse,

The following article is from Mental Health America's website.
July was designated as Minority Mental Health Awareness Month in 2008 to bring awareness to the unique struggles that underrepresented groups face in regard to mental illness in the United States (US).

While the term ‘minority’ is traditionally associated with racial, ethnic, or cultural

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