Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM). The reality is that only 33% of teens who are in abusive relationships ever tell anyone. Teens often don’t know how to initiate a conversation about it or are unaware they are in an abusive situation. As a parent or someone who works with teens, you can change […]

5 Things Everyone Should Know About Fentanyl

The opioid crisis has been making headlines recently, with fentanyl as a particularly hot topic. If you work in education or in the justice system, you’ve probably heard or seen some of the damaging effects of this drug.  What is Fentanyl?  Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that was originally developed for medical purposes.  It’s intended […]

Tips for Maintaining Mental Health over the Holidays

If the thought of the holidays doesn’t exactly fill you with cheer, don’t worry – you’re not alone. Around 64% of people with mental illness report that the holidays make their conditions worse. Moreover, according to the American Psychological Association, roughly 38% of people overall say their stress increases during the holiday season, which can […]

The Lowdown on Medical Amnesty Laws: Why Educating College Students Matters

Unfortunately, there is a stigma attached to alcohol and drug-related emergencies. Students may hesitate to seek help due to concerns about judgment or reputational damage— especially if they are underage drinking. They are often afraid, ashamed or they simply don’t know who to call in the face of these emergencies.  According to the Medical Amnesty […]

Benefits of Using Online Juvenile Alcohol Interventions

Underage drinking is a major threat to public health in the United States. Every year, underage drinking is responsible for more than 3,900 deaths and 225,000 years of potential life lost among individuals under 21, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. With the right tools and resources, we can change these statistics. […]

Strategies for Fostering Positive Relationships With School Resource Officers

As students, educators and staff, we all want to feel safe in our schools. One way that schools try to ensure this is by having School Resource Officers (SROs) on campus. SROs are law enforcement officers who are assigned to work in schools to help maintain a safe and secure learning environment. Not only can […]

The Impact of Legalized Marijuana on College Campuses

The jury is still out on whether prohibiting or decriminalizing marijuana has increased the use of the drug among young people. Although studies have shown that recreational use has increased in states where it’s been legalized by 20 percent, marijuana use is still highly debated.  As more and more states legalize marijuana for both medicinal […]

3 Things to Keep in Mind as a Bystander of Sexual Assault

Sexual assault is a serious issue that affects millions of people every year. As a bystander, it can be difficult to know when and how to intervene in a situation where someone is being sexually assaulted. In this blog post, we will discuss three main points to consider when deciding whether to intervene as a […]

How Parent-Child Relationships Impact Students

Parents and guardians play a vital role in their child’s development, in more ways than you may imagine. From an early age, the parent-child relationship influences kids–for better or for worse–across school, home, and other environments.  Research shows that when there is a better parent-child relationship, students are more likely to actively engage themselves in […]

5 Reasons Why Training Staff for Title IX Matters

More than 50 years ago, Title IX was enacted. The federal civil rights law continues to play a vital role in protecting people from sex-based discrimination, including sexual harassment, sexual assault, stalking, and more. Despite its half century existence, many people aren’t fully aware of the rights under Title IX. As the law continues to […]