Many young adults, 18 – 25 years old, find it challenging to transition from high school to adult life, citing that employment, substance misuse, mental health and personal relationships are of concern and create feelings of discouragement. The use of alcohol, marijuana, and prescription drugs to cope with high levels of stress or an un-diagnosed mental illness is often reported among young adults. Feeling alone and without optimism, they isolate themselves and spiral into hopelessness.
Transitions, the Young Adult Strategies program, provides evidence-based services, addressing substance misuse prevention strategies for young adults in high need and in high-risk areas. The goals of the program are to reduce risk factors and positively impact healthy decisions around the use of substances and increase overall knowledge on the subject. Improved employment situations, relationships and coping skills related to multiple stress factors are outcomes of the program that young people can experience.
For young families coping with similar issues, relationships and parenting, the need for developing positive mechanisms is critical for the welfare and safety of the entire family. Nurturing development of key skills and coping mechanisms to manage stress and improve mental health in order to reduce the misuse of substances is the focus of the work.
Transitions offers a weekly support group for young adults to receive community connections and gain resiliency skills. Additionally, workshops, presentations and online supports are available to increase substance misuse knowledge, resiliency skills and healthy lifestyle practices.
Important note for area Employers, HR and EAP Professionals:
This program is offered at NO COST to employers as a means of supporting young adults in the workplace.
This service is provided through a grant from Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services through United Way to the South Central Public Health Network in response to the substance misuse crisis area communities are facing.