September 2023

Recovery Month, started in 1989, is a national observance held every September to recognize the importance of evidence-based treatment and recovery practices, support the strong recovery community, and honor the tireless work of recovery service providers and community members that make recovery possible.

Recovery Month celebrates the gains made by those in recovery from substance use and mental health, just as we celebrate improvements made by those who are managing other health conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, asthma, and heart disease.

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We are excited to be launching our annual Red Ribbon Week Take the Pledge campaign! Be sure to come by on October 13th to the McKinney Caddo Office Reimagined Board Room and pick up free signs for your school, business, and community! We will be connecting with our students through Take the Pledge cards and raffle prizes, but you can also Take the Pledge online! We'll have donuts and can't wait to see you all there!
Enter the 2024 Red Ribbon Week Theme Contest!

Click here for more details about entering!

Enter the Red Ribbon Week 2023 Photo Contest!

Win an Ipad and $1000 for your school!

We are Back to School with Mental Health Resources for Teens using Social Media!

Social media can be hard to escape. While a lot of good can come from social media, it also allows us to be very aware of others’ lives and judge ours against theirs. This can be a source of stress, anxiety, and depression, especially for adolescents.

Check out resources at Mental Health America to help your teens avoid common comparison traps like body image, online popularity, and FOMO!

Nearly everyone (95%) ages 13-17 uses social media, and more than a third of young people say they use it “almost constantly.”

Many young people today are struggling with body image and insecurities. Social media is full of classmates, influencers, and celebrities showing off their “perfect” looks — most of which are edited and filtered.

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Having FOMO — that feeling of worry or insecurity about missing out on an event or opportunity — is common. Everyone misses out on different things occasionally, but it might feel like these missed opportunities are thrown in your face on social media.

Being a part of healthy online communities has a positive impact on our mental health. But what does a healthy online community look like, and how do you know if you are a part of one?

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Make a Difference and Work with Kids at the YMCA!

Check out local job openings for afterschool programs in McKinney!

Check out Top Soccer with McKinney Soccer Association!

  • To offer a soccer league for young athletes (those aged 5-19) with disabilities or those that have a physical or intellectual impairment so they can participate on a team that practices, plays games, and participates in a regular season with and against athletes of similar capabilities.

  • To offer safe and meaningful participation through the use of assistants/buddies.

Register here!

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We'd love to hear from you about getting connected with substance prevention in Collin County!