Early intervention can make all the difference for a young person who needs help with substance use. Many youth in need of services for substance use and mental health challenges do not receive support until their issues have progressed to the level of risky behavior, school difficulties, or involvement with the juvenile justice system.
Young people are more likely to seek help early if the adults around them have positive attitudes about help-seeking, they believe that adults will respond in a supportive way, and they think there are existing resources that can help them.
The icanhelp program is a school and community-based program that trains individuals who interact with young people — including teachers, administrators, nurses, school counselors, and coaches — to connect with and support young people who need help. The program helps to expand the number of trained adults who young people trust, initiate dialogue around the issues that young people seek assistance for, offer a link to resources and services, and encourage follow-up with youth in need.
To learn more about the icanhelpprogram and how you can get involved, visit icanhelp.me.