TALKING TO YOUR KIDS ABOUT DRUGS
As a parent, you worry about your kids using drugs, alcohol and tobacco. Talking will help them make good choices, but you may not be sure what to say or how to say it. Learn more about these 10 tips to help you. Start Talking today at starttalking.ohio.gov
1. Talk frequently
2. Show interest
3. Be careful what you say
4. Be careful how you say it
5. Know the facts about drugs/ alcohol/tobacco
6. Be respectful & genuine
7. They talk, you listen
8. Scare tactics don’t work
9. Control your emotions
10. Take advantage of teachable moments
Suicide Rate on Rise; Experts Say Rising Drug Use May Be Contributing Factor
The suicide rate in the United States rose 24 percent between 1999 and 2014, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Researchers said increasing drug use may be one of the contributing factors. The economy is another possible factor in the increasing suicide rate, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. Suicide is the tenth-leading cause of death in the U.S., the report noted. The suicide rate continued to increase in the first half of 2015, the CDC found in a separate study. There were more suicides among men than women, but the suicide rate for women increased faster during the study period. Suicides surged among middle-aged men and women, the report found. The suicide rate tripled among young girls, ages 5 to 14, though the actual number of suicides in that age group remains small, the researchers said.
Join the ohio afterschool network
The Ohio Afterschool Network (OAN) is seeking individuals to support the Lights On Afterschool a national day of celebration for quality afterschool programs and the work they do to help youth succeed. OAN is encouraging supporters to help promote the #lightupOhio campaign via Thunderclap. Thunderclap is a social media tool that lets a message be heard when you and your friends say it together. Think of it as an "online flash mob.” Join the Thunderclap and you and others will share the same message at the same time, spreading an idea through Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr that cannot be ignored. To join the effort, visit the #lightupOhio Thunderclap website, click the red box to support with Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr, add a custom message (if desired), and then click the red “Add My Support” box. On Thursday, Oct. 20 at 3 p.m. a message showing your support for Afterschool in Ohio will automatically appear in your social media feed.