In the first 6 months of 2021, the WAPC helped 3,424 adolescent patients, fifty percent of whom were treated for intentional exposures: substance abuse, misuse, or self-harm/suspected suicide. The majority of intentional exposures were due to self-harm/suspected suicide, with many involving common household medicines (like acetaminophen and ibuprofen) and/or prescription medications (like antidepressants and anti-psychotics).
Adolescent self-harm and suspected suicide exposures appear to be increasing. When compared to the first 6 months of 2020, exposures in the first 6 months of 2021 were 33% higher. Much of this increase was driven by adolescent females, with 1,194 female patients in 2021 compared to 843 female patients in 2020.
This data is particularly relevant amidst concerns of the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on youth mental health. As the pandemic and its repercussions continue, it is essential to work on prevention strategies with the youth in your lives: * Don't Hang on to Meds: safely dispose of any unneeded, unwanted, or expired medications. Find a disposal location near you at takebackyourmeds.org/ (https://www.takebackyourmeds.org/) * Lock up all medications in the home. Or, keep a small quantity out (for example, the amount needed for one week) and lock up the remainder * Visit Teen Link (https://www.teenlink.org/) for resources to support the teens in your life * For any emergencies with intentional or unintentional exposures, call the WAPC’s Poison Helpline at 1-800-222-1222
"Climate-related disasters are on the rise, and carbon emissions are soaring. Parents today face the unprecedented challenge of raising children somehow prepared for a planetary emergency that may last their lifetimes. Few guidebooks are on the shelves for this one, yet, but experts do have advice. And in a bit of happy news, it includes strategies already widely recognized as good for kids."
Our Empowerment Camp Zine is a resource guide that offers reminders, tips and information about self-care. It's also a fun and quick creative project with a design for playing with color using pencils, pens and crayons and it folds easily into a booklet to keep on-hand. Click the zine cover image to download and print on 11x17 paper.
Puberty, Sexuality and Gender Expression
Our Conscious Minds Conscious Bodies Camp Zine is a resource guide for: Self-Care Tools Tips for Healthy Relationships Period Self-Care Period Care Products Books About Puberty
Click the zine cover image to download and print on 11x17 paper. Have fun coloring and folding into a handy booklet!
Amaze - Age appropriate discussion resources on the web
Pizza Klatch Fosters resilience in LGBTQ+ youth in Olympia 360-339-7574
Stonewall Youth Olympia Events and peer support for youth - listing of doctors and therapists who are supportive of LGBTQ+ youth 360-888-4273 (call or text)
Communication is a lot more work than talking; telling each other how we feel and what we think, expressing our dreams, desires and disappointments. It requires deep listening, observation, personal reflection, and action based on understanding the truth as it is, not how we want it to be. With these practices we begin to open more fully to what others are expressing in conversation, as we strive together for a better understanding of ourselves, each other and the world, that together, we are creating and sharing. This article from Creating The Future offers tips and resources for learning and practicing compassionate listening; a skill we all can use some help with throughout our lifetimes.