Trigger Warning: this post contains descriptions of self-harm and sexual assault.
This series was submitted by a local high school student.
Based On A True Story
Brooke had just broken up with her first boyfriend. She was 16 and he was 18. Her boyfriend, Cole, had been struggling with drugs for years. He had lied to her about his sobriety throughout their relationship. Cole had been suicidal in...
A Letter to Parents
Although NIDA’s annual Monitoring the Future survey shows that daily marijuana use in teens is mostly steady, the survey also shows that as cigarette smoking rates drop, daily marijuana smoking has become generally more common than daily cigarette smoking among teens. By the time they graduate high school, about 45 percent of teens have tried marijuana at least once in...
1 in 5 Ventura County teens have abused prescription drugs.
Over 50% get them from friends and family.
9% of 9th graders and 14% of 11th graders in Ventura County say they’ve used prescription medications to get high.
The countywide report of the California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS) indicates a hopeful decline in lifetime misuse of prescription drugs. However, prevention of...
Here at BRITE, we include a focus on mental health and wellness as a component of our drug and alcohol abuse prevention programs. When you take care of yourself and feel grounded, you are more likely to see things clearly and make better decisions. We found this article’s tips helpful, especially during the darkest season of the year when we tend to hibernate and our thoughts can become...
There is a strong connection between alcohol and sexual assault, for both teens and adults. Alcohol is the drug most used to facilitate sexual assault, and it’s used in half of all sexual assaults. Additionally, alcohol inhibits a teen’s ability to:
- Think clearly
- Set limits and make good choices
- Think about long-term consequences and control impulses
- Determine when a situation is...
This post was written by a CSU Channel Islands Service Learning student, featuring art from Pacific High School students.
It almost always feels like everyone around you has something they are very passionate about. Whether your peers are amazing athletes, or musically gifted, to other random hobbies, it can be very easy to feel lost if you do not believe you have a passion. In getting lost it...
Alcohol is the most widely misused substance among America’s youth. Consumption of alcohol by anyone under the age of 21, also known as underage drinking, remains a considerable public health challenge. Adolescent alcohol use is not an acceptable rite of passage, but a serious threat to adolescent development and health. Medical research shows that the developing adolescent brain may be...
This post was written by a CSUCI Capstone student featuring artwork from Ventura High School students.
It was sixth grade History class, and we were about to end our day and move to our next class. There was this one kid named Jeff (not his real name, but for the purpose of this story we will call him Jeff), I knew Jeff was a kid who was a big trouble maker. He was always picking fights...
Drugs can impair your ability to drive safely and increase the risk of getting into a collision. In fact, cannabis increases your chance of a car accident. The percentage of Canadian drivers killed in vehicle crashes who test positive for drugs (40%) now actually exceeds the numbers who test positive for alcohol (33%). Impaired driving is the leading criminal cause of death and injury in...
This poem was written by Karen Gonzalez, a student at CSU Channel Islands.
It’s really easy to get lost in the mist
All the sweet flavors just come in a twist
Just to become popular
It all becomes a blur
Needing to be accepted
Not knowing that you’re being affected
Getting lost in the crowd
Only exhaling clouds
“It’s not as bad as...
Information and resources from the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI).
Without mental health we cannot be healthy. We all experience emotional ups and downs from time to time caused by events in our lives. Mental health conditions go beyond these emotional reactions to specific situations. They are medical conditions that cause changes in how we think and feel and in our mood.
By Kirsten Weir, from the American Psychological Association’s Monitor on Psychology, Vol. 46 No. 10
More states are legalizing marijuana, but concerns remain about its long-term effects on the adolescent brain.
Marijuana is the most widely used illicit drug in the United States — but the term “illicit” may not apply much longer. Twenty-three states have legalized...
The BRITE program does not promote any unlawful use of drugs or alcohol.