Teen Health and Substance Use in 2024: Trends and Prevention Opportunities
Speaker: Dr. Aaron Weiner
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Tuesday, December 12, 2023 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm CST
We are currently living through a youth mental health crisis: recent data published by the CDC indicates nearly 50% of teens endorsed significant depressive symptoms over the past year, 20% experienced clinical levels of anxiety, and 9% made a suicide attempt. And at a time when the burden of mental health has never been heavier on teens, the allure of substance use is as strong as ever, with teens having to navigate a landscape of flavored vapes, rainbow fentanyl, and Mountain Dew releasing alcoholic versions of their sodas.
Despite these incredible challenges, the majority of teens still choose to abstain from substance use on a regular basis. Numerous factors help teens to make these healthier choices, thoughtful and evidence-based interventions can have an outsized impact. Teens take their friends’ and classmates’ views seriously, and a well-designed prevention campaign can make a significant difference in the local student culture surrounding drugs and alcohol. Join Snowball and Dr. Aaron Weiner will for an overview of the current state of teen mental health and substance use, as well as perspectives on how to design and frame an effective and memorable prevention or mental health promotion campaign.