National Drug and Alcohol Awareness Week

National Drug and Alcohol Awareness Week is March 22nd-28th. Shattering Myths for our teens regarding drugs and alcohol.

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Self Harm Awareness Month

March is Self Harm Awareness Month. Find healthy alternatives to self-harm when life gets really tough.

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Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month

Teen Dating Violence affects millions of teens in the U.S. each year.

Youth who are victims of TDV are more likely to:

  1. Experience symptoms of depression and anxiety
  2. Engage in unhealthy behaviors, like using tobacco, drugs, and alcohol
  3. Exhibit antisocial behaviors, like lying, theft, bullying or hitting
  4. Think about suicide

During Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month, let’s look at how can we stop teen dating violence before it starts:

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January is Thyroid Awareness Month

Did you know that people with thyroid disorders often have emotional or mental health symptoms as well as physical symptoms?

Learn More: Psychological symptoms and thyroid disorders

Positive Ways to Manage Your Mental Health during COVID-19 and the Holidays

We understand that the holidays can be more than just stressful. Here are some Positive Ways to Manage Your Mental Health during COVID-19 and the Holidays.

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Tips for Mental Wellness during Thanksgiving

Read the article: A Harvest of Reflections for Thanksgiving: What a world of traditions can teach us about wellness

The Relationship Between Bullying and Suicide

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The Relationship Between Bullying and Suicide: What We Know and What it Means for Schools

For more information, visit cdc.gov/violenceprevention

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

Brian Jordan partners with Ridgeview Institute Smyrna’s The Center for Excellence

In 2019, Brian Jordan partnered with The Center for Excellence at Ridgeview Institute Smyrna to serve as the center’s Ambassador.

As a professional athlete most known for building a multi-sport legacy, Brian Jordan is clearly a man of many talents. Sports enthusiasts have long been aware of his athletic skills, as he has been an All-Star player with the Atlanta Braves and an All-Pro selection with the Atlanta Falcons.

For almost 20 years, Jordan has helped make sports history, as a leader on both the baseball and football fields. Being a two-sport professional athlete is an uncommon occurrence in professional sports, the Baltimore native has contributed more to Atlanta than just home runs and bone-jarring tackles.

Mental health disorders can have a significant impact on daily life and overall well being, and depending on what type, may affect relationships, physical health, academic performance, etc. The Center for Excellence’s goal is to provide a safe and supportive environment to assist adolescents on the road to excellence by providing the adolescent and their family with tools to stabilize and overcome mental health and chemical dependency problems.

According to the National Institute for Mental Illness one in five children and teens between the ages of 13 and 18 have or will have a serious mental illness. Roughly 11% of teens have a mood disorder (Depression, Bipolar Disorder, etc.). Approximately 10% of teens have a behavior or conduct disorder (Oppositional Defiant Disorder). About 8% of teens have an anxiety disorder (Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, etc.)

Alcohol, marijuana, and tobacco are substances most commonly used by adolescents.1 By 12th grade, about two-thirds of students have tried alcohol.1 About half of 9th through 12th grade students reported ever having used marijuana.2 About 4 in 10 9th through 12th grade students reported having tried cigarettes.3 Among 12th graders, close to 2 in 10 reported using prescription medicine without a prescription.1

As The Center for Excellence Ambassador, Brian Jordan provides motivational talks to the center’s adolescents that empower them to handle life situations, make effective decisions and gain control over their lives. In this program, adolescents will engage in true self-discovery while learning emotional and social tools for life.

 

References

  1. Johnson LD, O’Malley PM, Bachman JG, Schulenberg JE, Miech RA. Monitoring the Future national survey results on drug use, 1975-2013: Volume 1, Secondary school students. Ann Arbor, MI: Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan, 2014: 32-36.
  2. The PartnershipTM at Drugfree.Org. 2012 Partnership Attitude Tracking Study: Teens and Parents. 2013.
  3. Kann L, Kinchen S, Shanklin SL, et al. Youth risk behavior surveillance–United States, 2013. MMWR Surveillance Summaries. 2014(63): 17-20.

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