We recently partnered with USA TODAY NETWORK, to help address Wisconsin’s high rates of teen suicide, anxiety and depression.
Their Kids in Crisis series is looking at early experiences shaping mental health. For an increasing number of children in Wisconsin, those adverse childhood experiences revolve around addictions. Alvarado shares his story to help make a difference in the community…
“I want every student to know they can reach out for help, whether they struggle with mental illness or addiction,” said Alvarado, a 33-year-old who co-founded Rise Together to try to carry that message across the state and nation. “I want every student to receive education on well-being, mental health and the risks around using drugs and alcohol before the age of 21.”
For children, living in an environment with someone who is abusing drugs or alcohol is what professionals call an "adverse childhood experience" — a childhood event or situation that can have a long-lasting impact, including on mental health. Substance abuse by a member of the household was one of the two leading adverse experiences in Wisconsin, according to a 2010 behavioral risk factor survey.
Read the Full Story & Discover:
• Keys to helping kids in crisis deal with drugs and alcohol.
• More Wisconsin kids are endangered by drugs and alcohol.
• 'Branches of the same tree'
• How police take on a new role in kids' care
• Giving kids comfort in times of crisis
• Having a compassionate conversation
READ FULL STORY @ The Post Crescent
Thank you to the Wisconsin Department of Families and Children, the U.S. Surgeon General, Catalpa Health, Wisconsin Alliance for Drug Endangered Children, Sweet Dreams, and Affinity Health System's for being part of this story! Together we can change the world that we live in today by helping to support our communities youth!
We are so grateful for Post-Crescent Media Advertising , the Green Bay Press-Gazette , the Oshkosh Northwestern , Stevens Point Journal Media , and all the other statewide publications for helping us to share our story & our mission to change how we educate youth on mental health and addiction!