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In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, Linn Together presents . . .
Dr. Dennis Embry, CEO of PAXIS Institute
“Taming the Epidemic of Youthanasia”
What is youthanasia? It’s an “epidemic” of mental, emotional, behavioral and related physical disorders that are causing our young children, teens and young adults to have an array of illnesses, problems and symptoms that are common today but rare in the past: ADHD, depression, autism, allergies, asthma, obesity, bipolar disorder, anxiety, serious addictions, learning disabilities, and suicide. Virtually every family has been touched by this growing epidemic in the last decade.
American children appear to have these problems more than any other wealthy democracy, and the problems appear to be getting worse every two years. These trends bode ill for every community and state as well as the country as a whole. The good news is that this epidemic is highly preventable, and communities can start now to protect the futures of our children using the best practical science. Read detailed presentation description
Dennis Embry, Ph.D., is the CEO/President of PAXIS Institute in Tucson, Arizona and co-investigator at the Center on Prevention and Early Intervention at Johns Hopkins University. His work on the improvement of health and public safety and the prevention of substance use, violence and mental illness among children has been featured in national media such as the Today Show, Good Morning America, Life, People, NY Times, LA Times, and others. Read full Dennis Embry biography
Wednesday, May 14 at the Linn County Expo Center
Half Day Option: 9:00 – 11:30 am
Full Day Option: 9:00 – 11:30 am & 1:00 – 3:30 pm
Space is limited and registration required. Offered at no cost to you.
Morning coffee service available; lunch on your own. CEU’s provided.
For additional information call 541-967-3819.
Sponsored by Linn Together, InterCommunity Health Network CCO, Jackson Street Youth Shelter, LBCC Parenting Education Program, Linn-Benton-Lincoln Educational Service District, Linn County Alcohol & Drug, Linn County Juvenile Department, Linn County Mental Health, & the Oregon Crime Prevention Association
Youth Perception of Marijuana Risk Decreases
In Linn County the percentage of youth who perceive regular marijuana use to be a great risk has decreased. In 2010, 64% of 6th graders and 61% of 8th graders thought that using marijuana regularly posed a great risk. According to the most recent Student Wellness Survey, “perceived risk” has decreased by as much as twenty percentage points among local youth. Perceived risk, the risk to the user that teenagers associate with the drug, has been a lead indicator of future use. See full report
Linn Facts is a publication of the Linn County Alcohol & Other Drug Prevention Program. Please feel free to print and share.
Linn County S.T.A.N.D. Launches Mental Health Awareness Campaign
Linn County S.T.A.N.D. (Students Taking Action Not Drinking) is launching a mental health awareness campaign in local high schools. The campaign includes materials developed by Linn County high school students to increase awareness that mental health is part of physical health. For more information, contact S.T.A.N.D. coordinator Shannon Snair at 541-967-3819.