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This year’s theme for Black History Month is “Black Resistance.

 

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National Eating Disorder Awareness Week is February 20 – 26. 

 

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In the US, youth experience the highest rates of rape and sexual assault. 

 

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February 2023

This year’s theme for Black History Month is Black Resistance”. By resisting historic and ongoing oppression, Black people have achieved triumphs, successes, and progress. Black resistance strategies have served as a model for every other social movement in the country, thus, the legacy and importance of these actions cannot be understated.” Click on the image to see more about 2023’s theme or previous years’. 

 

 

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NEDAwareness Week is February 20 – 26. Did you know at least 9% of the population worldwide are affected by an eating disorder in their lifetime? Every age, race, size, ability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and background can be affected.  

 

 

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In the United States, youth 12-19 years of age experience the highest rates of rape and sexual assault. Of that, many are at the hands of an intimate partner. Click the image to see what you can do to participate. 

 

 

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January 2023

A new year is a good opportunity to give back. Consider becoming a mentor: ignite passions, build skills, and turn dreams into reality. For more information, visit kansasbigs.org. 

 

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PreventionWorKS is a statewide Behavioral Health Prevention Coalition with members from across Kansas. Join us January 18th at the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services to prepare for Advocacy Day. 

Register here by January 11, 2023, for PreventionWorKS and Prevention Advocacy Day. 

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On January 19th, meet at the Capitol to share your message with your Legislator. Join us on the 18th for training and collaboration at PreventionWorKS. 

 

Register here by January 11, 2023 for PreventionWorKS and Prevention Advocacy Day. 

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December 2022

December is National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. As you are socializing with friends and family, please consider making plans to get where you’re going safely. 

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The CDC estimates that around 385,000 injuries per year are caused by needle sticks alone. Visit cdc.org for more info. 

 

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The holidays are a busy time for everyone. Follow these tips to keep you and your loved ones safe. Visit knowmoreks.org for more information! 

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November 2022

SHINE A LIGHT THIS NOVEMBER 

November is National Runaway Prevention Month (NRPM), a public awareness campaign designed to “shine a light” on the experiences of runaway and homeless youth that too often remain invisible. It is also an opportunity to spotlight the resources available to support youth in crisis throughout the nation. 

 

As part of the campaign, individuals, organizations and communities nationwide work together to prevent youth homelessness. National Runaway Prevention Month is spearheaded by the National Runaway Safeline (NRS), with support from the Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB). 

 

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Quitting smoking isn’t easy. It takes time. And a plan. You don’t have to stop smoking in one day. Start with day one. Let the Great American Smokeout event on the third Thursday in November be your day to start your journey toward a smoke-free life. Quitting starts here. 

 

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International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day is an event in which survivors of suicide loss come together to find connection, understanding, and hope through their shared experience. This year, International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day is Saturday, November 19, 2022.

You can find a current list of registrations here.

 

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October 2022

October was first declared as National Substance Abuse Prevention Month in 2011 and October has continued to be a time to highlight the vital role of substance abuse prevention. It is also a focused time to remember those who have lost their lives to substance abuse, to acknowledge those in recovery, and to appreciate those supporting them. Studies show that the earlier an individual starts smoking, drinking or using other drugs, the greater the likelihood of developing addiction.

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) offers many resources for parents and caregivers, children and teens, mental health providers, child welfare workers, law enforcement professionals, educators and school staff, and policy makers.

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GRASSROOT BEGINNINGS 

Enrique “Kiki” Camarena was a Drug Enforcement Administration Agent who was tortured and killed in Mexico in 1985.  In honor of  Kiki’s memory and his battle against illegal drugs, friends and neighbors began to wear red badges of satin.  Parents then began to form coalitions using Camarena as their model while embracing his belief that one person can make a difference. These coalitions adopted the symbol of Camarena’s memory, the Red Ribbon. Today, the Red Ribbon serves as a catalyst to mobilize communities to educate youth and encourage participation in drug prevention activities. 

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