Be Present provides easy-to-use resources that can help youth cope better with life’s stressors — day-to-day or in a crisis — and then take the steps to share with and support others. The idea is to maintain your own mental wellness, and also to help you feel prepared to step in and make a difference when you see friends and peers who are struggling. Also included is information about positive (prevention) programs — and even places you can go for help when things seem too big to handle.
Visit this page to find prevention and mental-wellness resources right in your community, download and share Campaign Materials or link to videos and other information that provides healthy ways to deal with depression, loneliness or stress. You can learn all kinds of positive coping skills so you can take care of yourself first, but also support your friends that are going through hard times. In the Provider Search section, you can also look for positive places, programs and things to do, so that you can surround yourself with people, places and things that will build you up and support your growth and development.
There’s also a role for Caring Adults in this campaign (Go to that section for details.) A non-judgmental listener who responds with care and concern can make all the difference when a young person is in emotional pain. This site will empower adults to understand the challenges and risk factors facing Ohio youth and learn how to surround them with protective factors that help them cope with stress, trauma and difficult situations.
Though Be Present is a youth-driven campaign, caring adults play an important role in its success. Being connected to non-judgmental adults is a protective factor that can make a big, positive difference in the life of a young person who is struggling.
If you work with or engage youth regularly, please use the resources found on Be Present Website as guidance and inspiration to support youth development and growth as they navigate the tricky waters on the way to adulthood. These practical resources give you knowledge and insights that make connecting with youth easier.
This digital-driven tool, developed “by and for” youth, contains information and ideas that you can share with young people so they can learn positive coping skills to help them get through day-to-day challenges and to thrive through adolescence.
|Parents (biological, foster, primary caregivers)|
|Adult Relatives (aunts, uncles, grandparents, etc.)|
|Teachers/Instructors (high school, trade school, community college, university)|
|Counselors (guidance, career, job training, mental health, substance abuse, etc.)|
|Staff at community-based organizations, after-school programs and other youth-serving providers, like recreation centers and mentoring and rites-of-passage programs|
|Social Service Agencies (foster care providers; homeless youth programs or alternative programs)|
…we all can step in, step up and be there.
Staff at youth-serving organizations are in a unique position to engage with and support young people who are struggling and may be at risk for harming themselves. In the videos below, you can see and hear two Ohio youth-service providers discuss some of the ways components of the Be Present campaign support their work with young people.
Please use this site as a tool to:
|Understand the daily stressors and trauma our youth are facing|
|Recognize the signs that a young person may be struggling with a mental health issue|
|Start a conversation with a young person in whom you’ve noticed changes in behavior or who seems to be stressed, depressed or acting out|
|Help youth in your school or community create awareness-raising projects|
|Be mindful of your own language, sensitive to reducing the stigma related to help seeking during a mental or emotional challenge|
Be Present for the young people in your life.
Find prevention, addiction and mental health services providers by county
This link goes to a search feature offered by Ohio Mental Health and Addictions Services.
Crisis Support and Suicide Prevention Awareness
Ohio Crisis Text Line: Text “4HOPE” to 741-741
Throughout Ohio, individuals can text the keyword “4hope” to 741741 to be connected to a Crisis Counselor. This free, confidential service is available 24/7 on mobile devices.
Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation
This statewide organization committed to providing suicide prevention organizations information and resources, raise awareness, eliminate stigma, and increase help-seeking behavior for all Ohioans.
Children’s Hospitals with Behavioral Health Services
The Trevor Project provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth ages 13–24.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The Jason Foundation is dedicated to the prevention of youth suicide through educational and awareness programs. To be prepared to support someone who’s struggling, download the free smartphone app, which works with Android and iPhones.