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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).
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.
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.
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.
There are millions of Americans whose lives have been transformed through recovery.
This observance reinforces the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can and do recover.
Everyone has a role to play in suicide prevention. September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month — a time to raise awareness on this stigmatized, and often taboo, topic. In addition to shifting public perception, we use this month to spread hope and vital information to people affected by suicide. Our goal is ensuring that individuals, friends and families have access to the resources they need to discuss suicide prevention and to seek help.
Connect the Dots: Bringing Together Strengths and Strategies for Better Outcomes
The Kansas Prevention Conference provides educational opportunities to increase awareness of emerging trends, build skills and knowledge to prevent suicide, alcohol, tobacco, and other drug misuse, and advocate for best practices. The KPC Conference hosts state and local professionals from the various facets of the substance misuse prevention field and related disciplines.