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Building a HEALTHY Community

HEALTHY Tekoa Coalition 2019
Our mission is to promote healthy, positive choices in Tekoa youth by working together to reduce substance abuse.
How can I prevent my child from using alcohol or marijuana? More Information

Remember to follow these parenting guidelines:

1. Create close bonds with your children. More information

Children are less likely to drink or use drugs when their parents are involved in their lives and when they feel close to their parents. Family conflict and lack of bonding increase the risk of drinking and drug use.

2. Set clear boundaries for your children.

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Set clear rules early and talk about the rules often.

3. Monitor your child’s interactions.

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Always know what your kids are doing. Help them plan safe and fun activities.

May is 

Mental Health Awareness Month

Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with mental illness. 

  • 1 in 5 people are affected by mental illness in their lifetime. 

  • 1 in 5 adults experience mental illness each year

  • 1 in 20 adults experience serious mental illness each year

  • 1 in 6 youth aged 6-17 experience a mental health disorder each year

  • 50% of all lifetime mental illness begins by age 14, and 75% by age 24

  • Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among people aged 10-34 

During May, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), raises awareness of mental health. NAMI and other organizations fight stigma, provide support, educate and advocate for policies that support people with mental illness and their families. Check out our local resources with Palouse Advocacy League.
Why Prevent Underage Drinking?

Underage drinking and youth substance abuse cause our young people to put themselves in dangerous situations and can harm the developing adolescent brain in ways only recently understood. 

Drug and alcohol use by those under 21 is related to numerous health problems, including injuries and death from car crashes, suicide, homicide, drowning, and recreational mishaps.  

Factors leading to a youth's decision to use drugs or alcohol are complex and likely to include influences from many domains, including peer, family, and community.