Know! To Help Young People Heal from Collective Grief

Know! To Help Young People Heal from Collective Grief

Collective grief occurs when a community or society experiences extreme change or loss. We often experience collective grief after mass tragedies, crises, and violence. Like individual grief, we may feel a lack of control or powerless to prevent the loss or change. During an ongoing crisis, we might also experience anticipatory grief – mourning and…

PAAC receives Blue Ribbon Award for work to prevent youth substance use

PAAC receives Blue Ribbon Award for work to prevent youth substance use

Pickaway Addiction Action Coalition (PAAC) received a Blue Ribbon Award from the White House in recognition of their work to prevent youth substance use and ensure young people can lead healthy and fulfilling lives. The award was given during the he National Youth Substance Use Prevention Summit in Washinton D.C. The summit brought together youth…

Know! to Support Positive Identity Formation

Know! to Support Positive Identity Formation

Identity development is a key aspect of adolescence. Young people are particularly conscious of their personal identities and changes to their identities. Dimensions of identity include race, gender, family, ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation, and faith. In the process of developing their identities, young people may begin questioning values, setting personal goals, and experimenting with various…

Risky Drinking Can Put a Chill on Your Summer Fun

Risky Drinking Can Put a Chill on Your Summer Fun

Summer is typically a wonderful season for outdoor activities and spending additional time with family and friends. For some people, these activities include drinking alcohol beverages. This summer, take measures to protect your own health and that of your loved ones. Swimmers Can Get in Over Their Heads More drownings occur in July than in…

Know! that Body Image Matters

Know! that Body Image Matters

Summer is in full swing, and with summer comes messaging about appearance and being “beach body” ready. For young people and adults alike, this kind of messaging can be harmful and lead to unhealthy body image. Body image is a person’s “thoughts, perceptions, and attitudes about their physical appearance.”1 Healthy body image is seeing your body…

Know! Strategies for a Substance-Free Summer

Know! Strategies for a Substance-Free Summer

Summer is a time for many young people to take a break from the stress of school, enjoy their increased freedom, and have some fun. More free time and less adult supervision can make summertime particularly exciting for young people, and it’s important to encourage them to have fun during the school break. Unfortunately, the…

PAAC visits city council to offer partnership

PAAC visits city council to offer partnership

CIRCLEVILLE — Representatives for the Pickaway Addiction Action Coalition (PAAC) made a presentation at City Council this week offering their expertise, resources and partnerships to help the city navigate their funds received from the Opioid Settlement funding. All told, Circleville will receive $700,000 over the next 18 years, with an annual payment of about $32,000…

KNOW! to Start a Conversation about Mental Health

KNOW! to Start a Conversation about Mental Health

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. During this month especially, it’s important to recognize that conversations about mental health are for everyone, not just those diagnosed with mental illness. Everyone experiences mental health challenges, including young people. It may not be easy to tell when a young person in your life has been impacted with…

KNOW! to Establish Safe Texting Practices

KNOW! to Establish Safe Texting Practices

As technology continues to grow and change, it becomes more critical for caring adults to understand how to keep young people safe in the digital landscape. Talking about texting safety is essential to reducing young people’s exposure to online risks, like cyberbullying, sexting, harassment, and substance use. Young people can access direct messaging and texting…