From the time social connections are formed, children experience peer pressure. Wanting to fit in is a normal part of growing up, but sometimes these pressures can lead to harmful behaviors. Some youth may experiment with drugs, alcohol and tobacco. Others may act out through violence or risky behaviors. If you know someone on a destructive path, learn where to get help and support.
Young people may turn to alcohol and drugs as a way to numb emotional pain from personal trauma or as result of peer influence. Youth substance use is a key contributor to problems at school, poor social relationships, motor vehicle accidents and mental health issues. With professional treatment, recovery is possible.Read more Emergency
Every young person experiences the pull of peer influence at one point or another. During the teen years, when the desire to conform is heightened, it can be tough to resist joining in the same risky behavior as one's friends, peers and classmates. But doing so can have harmful and lasting consequences.Read more Emergency
If you or someone you know is in crisis, it is important to seek help immediately. No matter if you’re struggling with depression, substance use, relationship problems or family turmoil, free and confidential support is available. You are not alone and talking to someone could help save a life.Read more Emergency
While being part of a gang is dangerous, escaping from a gang family may be even more so. Gangs typically don’t want members to leave because there’s a fear of betrayal – that they’ll expose what they know to law enforcement or even a rival gang. While getting out of gang life isn’t easy, it is possible with persistence, support and the right resources.Read more Emergency