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Find Behavioral Health Services in your area
Need someone to talk to? Interested in receiving counseling or other behavioral health services? Use the link below to visit Great Rivers Behavioral Health. When you click “Find a Behavioral Health Provider in your Community” you can choose your county, and find a list of options in your area.
Raising Drug-Free Kids
As parents, you want what is best for your child. You want them to be healthy, safe and successful in achieving their goals. Unfortunately, underage drinking and drug use can lead to serious problems that interfere with your hopes and dreams for them.
This downloadable brochure provided by the Washington Healthy Youth Coalition offers information about the risks of drug and alcohol usage in adolescents, steps you can take to keep your children healthy and safe and how to spot signs of alcohol or drug usage.
A Parent’s Guide to Preventing Underage Marijuana Use
Since marijuana use became legal in Washington State for adults 21 and older, you may have heard different opinions about whether it is safe to use. You may not be sure what Washington’s laws are, or how marijuana use can affect young people.
This informational brochure provided by Seattle Children’s
Marijuana: Know the Facts
Marijuana is now legal in Washington State for adults 21 and older but there are nuances to the laws surrounding it’s legal status. This quick guide gives 10 facts that clear common misconceptions and clarify legal limits and penalties.
This informational brochure provided by The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board
Preventing Opioid Abuse
Opioids are a class of drugs commonly used to reduce pain. The illegal drug heroin is an opioid, as are many of the prescription pain relievers prescribed by doctors, including oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine, and many others. Opioids can negatively affect the reward center in the brain, leading users to need more and more over time. As a result, these drugs can be highly addictive.
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) can include physical, sexual, or emotional abuse, substance misuse in the household, physical neglect, and other experiences that can adversely impact a child. A study published by CDC-Kaiser Permanente in 1998 showed a direct correlation between ACEs and health complications later in life. Knowing the impact these experiences can have, and using a trauma-informed approach to interactions is important for adults that work with children and teens.
Hoquiam School District teachers, staff, and students led a community march from Central Elementary to Hoquiam Middle School, where a back to school celebration followed! My TOWN Coalition members were there giving away prizes and free medication lock boxes and...read more
GPS had the opportunity to participate in the 2018 Spring Youth Forum. At the forum, youth prevention teams are invited to speak about, and be honored for their successful project in their communities. GPS presented their "R U OK? Fun Run for Mental Health Awareness"...read more
Over 100 runners and walkers participated in the "R U OK? Fun Run for Mental Health Awareness". GPS took action to help improve the chance of recovery in our community, and hosted booths from SeaMar, and Titus the therapy dog. Thank you to everyone who turned out and...read more