MURFREESBORO – The Women’s World Summit Foundation is sponsoring the third annual “19 Days of Activism” for the Prevention of Abuse and Violence Against Children and Youth. This is a worldwide event that happens every year from November 1-19. For the first time, The Guidance Center, a division of Volunteer Behavioral Health, is proudly participating in the event.
Early drug use is a significant factor for behavioral health problems later in life. Prevention and early intervention are keys to reducing the risk of addiction and mental illness. This helps the community address the issues of substance use and mental illness among children and adolescents.
Unfortunately, in Tennessee alcohol and drug use among teens continues to be a significant issue. In 2011 Tennessee was ranked the second highest for controlled substances in the country and one in ten Tennesseans will die of drug overdoses. Additionally, according to the Youth Risk Behavioral Surveillance System in 2011, 65.1 % of adolescents had at least 1 drink of alcohol, 19.7 % drank before the age of 13, 37.8% of adolescents have used marijuana at least one time and 20% of adolescents have taken prescription drugs without a doctors order. Clearly there is a significant need for continued treatment options and education in this area.
With our mission to provide “Help Today… for a Better Tomorrow.” We are eager to support the efforts of the “19 Days of Activism.” Volunteer and our local office, The Guidance Center, has been providing services for children and families for over 40 years. Across the Volunteer system over 10,000 children have been seen for behavioral health services and 2,461 were provided services in Rutherford County.
Volunteer Behavioral Health is excited to collaborate with the Women’s World Summit foundation to prevent abuse and violence against children. We believe that mental illness, addiction and co-occurring disorders are preventable and early prevention is important. With innovative approaches to evidence- based treatment and recovery, we can increase the overall wellbeing of our youth and communities.