13 Reasons Why, A Message From the Ardsley SAYF Coalition

The new season of 13 Reasons Why, a Netflix show, will be released tomorrow, Friday, May 18th. As with season one, we know many teens will be watching the show.  With this in mind, we wanted to provide you with some resources to help you discuss the topic of the show with your child. The information below has been provided by The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention has designed a new page on their website,  https://afsp.org/13reasonswhy , where you can learn more about the series.  On their webpage, you will find resources for schools, parents and young adults, a list of helpful AFSP materials, and the 13RY Resource Guide they worked with Netflix on to produce.

AFSP Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Christine Moutier, will also be featured in the Beyond the Reasons “after show” which will air at the end of the final episode of the season.  In this discussion, Christine, along with the show’s producers, cast and other expert organizations, will address some of the tough issues tackled during Season 2.  They will focus their attention on help seeking, hope and recovery; and on furthering understanding of mental health and suicide prevention.

Another good resource is AFSP’s newly developed “Teens and Suicide: What Parents Should Know” web page, which contains helpful information and guidance in question and answer format on how to have a conversation with a teen or young adult about mental health and suicide prevention.

Another resource for you can be The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones.  The Lifeline can be reached at 1-800-273-8255,   https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org

We hope you find this information to be helpful.

 

The Members of The

Ardsley SAYF Coalition

EVERY 9 MINUTES, a child (under age 6) goes to the ER because he/she got access to medicine. Practice safe medicine storage and disposal at home.

Johnson & Johnson has created a helpful set of facts and tips for keeping your medications secure and your family safe (click here).  Remember, there is a MedReturn disposal unit located in the lobby of the Ardsley Police Station that is available for 24/7 disposal of unused, unwanted and expired medications. Be sure to remove any identifying labels on prescription bottles for privacy.

 

Introducing our new look!

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The SAYF Coalition is excited to share our new logo! The Supporting Ardsley’s Youth & Families (SAYF) Coalition is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of the youth in Ardsley. Our vision is to create a community where our children have the tools and the confidence needed to make healthy, substance-free decisions for themselves. Our new logo uses the sun as a background, representing a healthy future full of hope, complemented by the silhouette of people, representing support from loved ones and the amazing Ardsley community, while incorporating shades of color associated with the Village of Ardsley.

Our ongoing commitment to helping the adolescents in our community to make healthy choices is evident in the 5K Fun Run & Walk, holiday decorating activities, youth dances and sponsorships like the upcoming Yankees vs. Mets baseball game that we have organized. Our involvement in school and community activities has given us the opportunity to educate our students with prevention information through the use of a variety of guest speakers, distortion goggles that simulate alcohol and marijuana impairment effects on perception at Ardsley Day, the school Wellness Fairs and in the HS Wellness Center during lunch periods. We focus on the dangers of marijuana, on 4/20, a date traditionally recognized for celebrating marijuana use; and through our sponsorship of students who attend the Youth 2 Youth Conference each summer to learn about how to become leaders who promote healthy lifestyle choices to their peers. During the past few years, we have supervised two different teams of students who developed and created Public Service Announcement with prevention messages that we contracted to have shown at our local movie theaters. In recognition of the difficulties that are more common during certain holidays and specific times of the year, we include prevention awareness messages through the local pizzerias, liquor stores, bus kiosks and dry cleaners. We have also had a MedReturn box installed in the Ardsley Police Station, to allow for 24/7 anonymous disposal of unwanted and unused medications. We continue to support ASVAC and the Ardsley Police by arranging to have their members trained and certified in the use of Naloxone, an opioid reversal lifesaving medication. We continue our support of the guidance counselors of the middle and high schools by sending them to annual trainings on different topics related to youth mental health and substance prevention. We do this and so much more!

If you agree with our initiatives and are interested in learning more about the SAYF Coalition, we are always looking for new members; or if you would like to attend one of our meetings, please contact us at ardsleycoalition@gmail.com.