Mental Health and Substance Abuse Prevention

Your high school years are a time of change. You become more mature physically, emotionally and socially, but are also faced, for the first time, with more adult-type challenges and stressors. With all these changes, some young adults experience some degree of emotional turmoil and begin to show signs of emotional problems. Some students may attempt to manage these emotional difficulties by misusing alcohol and drugs. At Set to Go, we aim to provide you with an overview of what you need to know to be informed and healthy should a mental health problem emerge.

Protecting Your Mental Health

Just like you can do things to make it less likely you’ll become physically ill, there are things you can learn and steps you can take to make you better able to avoid or effectively handle emotional problems that can lead to the abuse of drugs or alcohol. Navigate the resources below to learn about the emotional skills you can harness and the practices you can use to prevent mental health problems and protect your mental health.

Mental Health Problems

If you or a friend is experiencing emotional difficulties, it’s important to seek support quickly. By being aware of what these problems can look like, you can get help sooner. Learn more about the signs, symptoms and support systems available to students who are experiencing mental health problems by navigating the links below.

Substance Abuse Prevention

Some young people use alcohol or other drugs to help them handle difficult feelings and others may use them simply because their friends are. In this section, we provide basic information about alcohol and commonly misused drugs and the risks associated with them.

Content adapted from the National Institute on Drug Abuse – NIDA for Teens

Resources for Students Seeking Mental Health or Substance Abuse Help

Whether you or a friend is having an emotional problem, it’s important to know how to get help. Below, we provide some simple guidance to help you through the process and to help you make good decisions about finding care.