||“It’s OK to ask for help” Emily is a 16 year old in recovery from addiction who is
wise beyond her years. She contemplated suicide herself, but wants people to know
that asking for help is not a weakness. She talks about healthy coping skills,
social media, anxiety, self harm and other topics.
||Shana is a young woman in recovery who tells us of her drinking and drugging because
”her insides were unhappy” and how that created a vicious cycle for her. She also
reminds us that “comparison is the thief of joy” when it comes to social media.
||“I didn’t recognize the person in the mirror” Melvin is a college student who gave
up his dreams of being a policeman due to his alcohol addiction. He talks about his
downward spiral where he “couldn’t recognize the person in the mirror” in the end,
but how he is now getting back to his dream.
||“It only takes one person to believe in you" Brianna is a young woman in recovery
from a heroin addiction. She wants people to think about what is behind their
drinking or drugging, and how to avoid the same painful pathway she went down. She
credits her recovery to a policeman who was kind, and listened to her when she
||Heather is a 16 year old high school student who started smoking spice and starting
using other drugs. She has great advice if you are worried about a friend.
||“This wasn’t where my life was meant to go.” Mary is a college student in recovery
from alcohol addiction with great wisdom about how drinking “isn’t what’s best” for
||Josh is a young man in recovery who talks about not being “raised that way.” Josh
wants people to think about why they want to keep using. If you are using because it
“makes you feel a different way…then most likely you will become dependently
addicted.” The friends that you choose …can play a big part.”
||Freddy is a young adult in recovery who talks about his early experiences in trying
to “fit in” but “looking back, I wish I could have just embraced who I was. Your
story matters, you are valuable, you have gifts, you are not a mistake, you're
||Tyler is a young adult in recovery who talks about how drinking and drugging “carves
out this pathway and it becomes like an automatic behavior” but the "The biggest
thing that I have learned is to just just love people where they're at."
|It’s OK to ask for help
||Listen to young people encourage peers to ask for help for mental health or substance.
|Get help for family or a friend
||Listen to young people suggest ways to help a friend or family member struggling with mental health or substance use.