Helping Parents Prevent Youth Substance Abuse
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No matter how you feel about marijuana, it’s still bad for youth.

TalkSooner serves as a resource for parents to access information about substance use prevention.

TalkSooner is the product of multiple county coalitions in West Michigan, working together to send out a common message to parents of youth ages 10-18 about alcohol, tobacco, and other substances.

TalkSooner helps parents inform youth about the dangers of substance use. Focus group data suggested that youth do seek information and guidance from parents and other adults, so it is important that parents have these difficult conversations. 

Research shows youth who use marijuana at least one time per week risk short and long term consequences. Talk with your youth today about the risks associated with use.  Click here to learn more.


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Upcoming Events

Surviving a Crash Landing: Stories of Resilience - September 22 2016 at 10:58 AM

This free event will feature Brian Vander Ark; Entertainer; Speaker; Coach and lead singer and song writer for the Verve Pipe.

The event is open to anyone age 12 and older. 

Join us for this honest and powerful conversation about mental health, suicide prevention and stories of resilience. This event will feature live music, honest conversation and stories about building resilience. We’ll leave the evening with resources to find help for anyone we know who might be struggling with depression or suicide.

Holland-born Brian Vander Ark is the lead singer and songwriter for The Verve Pipe. His solo career includes four studio albums. Brian is also a speaker and share his stories of roller coaster of success can sometimes take a dramatic turn, and even worse; a crash. Brian speaks about how this rise and fall feels and, more importantly, how to walk away stronger and emotionally sound. Brian shares his story through a very humble, dynamic and special way, helping through both music and in his presentation, find it in themselves to keep moving, adapting and changing.

Adult tickets are donation based and all proceeds go to support the work of the Building Resilient Youth Coalition.

Youth tickets are free.

Doors open at 6pm with the event starting at 6:30pm.

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Use the TalkSooner app for tips on how to talk to your kids about not using alcohol or other drugs.