Genesee County Prevention Coalition Newsletter
May 2020

GCPC May  News & Updates

In response to Governor Whitmer's Executive Order (COVID-19) the GCPC staff continue to work remotely to maintain prevention services and resources to our community. Please reach out to us if we can be of assistance in providing information and support for addressing mental health concerns during this difficult time.
GCPC Monthly Meetings 

** All meetings will be held online through Zoom until further notice. Workgroup members will receive a meeting notification with the Zoom link. **

  • Join us for May's Monthly Coalition Meeting Tuesday, May 12,
    8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. You must register in advance to receive the meeting link.

    To register in advance for this meeting click on the link below:

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
  • Prescription Drug Workgroup meets Tuesday, May 19, 9:00 to 10:30 a.m.*
  • Underage Drinking Workgroup meets Tuesday, May 26, 9:00 to 10:30 a.m.*
  • Marijuana/Vaping Awareness Workgroup meets Tuesday, June 2, 9:00 a.m. to 10:30am.*

*If you would like to join a workgroup Zoom meeting and are not currently a member of a workgroup, please contact the following staff to be added to the distribution list.
Prescription Drug Workgroup: Lisa -
Underage Drinking Workgroup: Emily -
Marijuana and Nicotine Workgroup: Kelly -

SAMHSA's National Prevention Week 

National Prevention Week (NPW) is a public education platform that promotes prevention year-round through providing ideas, capacity building, tools, and resources to help individuals and communities make substance use prevention happen every day.

SAMHSA's next NPW is May 10 through 16, 2020. Each year around this observance, communities and organizations across the country come together to raise awareness about the importance of substance use prevention and positive mental health.

For more information visit SAMSHA's Website.

#PreventionHappensHere Challenge

Substance misuse prevention begins with each of us, and we know prevention actions can happen in many settings and places in and around our community.  Prevention happens in homes, workplaces, schools, and throughout communities across the country. 

* Prevention happens when two people discuss their mental health ... in their living room in Montrose.
* Prevention happens when a community talks about the consequences of underage drinking in a real and honest way ... at a town hall meeting in Flint.
* Prevention happens when teens share ideas about how to avoid marijuana, e-cigarettes, and prescription pain medications at parties ... in a classroom in Flushing. 

For the National Prevention Week (NPW) 2020 Prevention Challenge, SAMHSA is challenging individuals, organizations, and communities to show us where prevention of substance misuse and suicide is happening around the country.

To Participate 
1. Download and fill out your #PreventionHappensHere sign.

2. Share a photo or video of you with your sign in the place where prevention happens in your life to foster a healthier future for you and those you care about.

3. Don't have a printer? No problem. Take a selfie, group photo, or video in the geographic location where you are preventing prescription drug and opioid misuse; underage drinking and alcohol misuse; illicit drug use and youth marijuana use; youth tobacco use (especially e-cigarette use and vaping); and suicide.  
4. Post your photo on social media-Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and/or Snapchat- using the #PreventionHappensHere and #NPW2020 hashtags. If you want to be featured on the GCPC Facebook or Instagram use the hashtag #theGCPC, tag us on Facebook or Instagram, or send your photo to us directly through Facebook or email at   
5. Don't forget to include a geo tag on your post and tag your friends to post their #PreventionHappensHere selfies too. 
Free Online Prevention and Early Intervention Resources
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: Provides tips on social distancing, quarantine, and isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic. Information on other reliable and helpful resources like Hotlines and Treatment Locators are also provided in this document.
  • Food and Drug Administration's "Remove the Risk" Campaign and Drug Disposal: Toolkit of information containing public service announcements, social media images and posts, and fact sheets that can be used freely to promote proper storage and disposal of medication.
  • Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program: Across the country, ONDCP's DFC-funded community coalitions are looking at innovative ways to remain engaged with youth and their communities and continue their efforts to prevent youth substance use.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: CDC educates consumers about the risks of prescription opioids and opioid misuse.
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA): An evidence-based tool for parents to interact with children about substance use and misuse
  • Partnership for Drug-Free Kids: Empowers parents and caregivers with support and guidance using the latest science-based information from experts and perspectives from families who have been impacted by substance use..
  • Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America: CADCA provides technical assistance and training, public policy advocacy, media strategies and marketing programs, training and special events to strengthen the capacity of community coalitions. 
  • Association of State Territorial Health Officials: ASTHO's podcast series features health officials and public health leaders who are on the front lines, providing timely information and thoughtful perspectives during this crisis.
  • San Antonio Council on Drug and Alcohol Awareness: SACADA has put together COVID-19 resources for kids (color pages) along with videos from Youth Prevention Specialists on ways to stay mentally and physically active during COVID-19 and a puppet skit on decision-making.
  • Courage to Speak: Currently providing free and new online training for parents to keep their children safe during crisis and beyond.
  • National Association on Mental Illness: NAMI has put together a list of resources and helpful tips to follow during this pandemic. These resources include information on stress, finances, health insurance, and housing, along with additional resources for further assistance.
Older Adult Mental Health Awareness

As America's population ages, the need for mental and behavioral health services continues to increase. Suicide, depression, anxiety, and problems with alcohol and medications are issues that older adults face. The U.S. Census Bureau indicates that by 2030, there will be nearly 75 million Americans over age 65. A 2012 study from the Institute of Medicine found that nearly 1 in 5 older Americans has one or more mental health/substance use conditions. According to 2018 data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and reported by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, adults in the 75-84 and 85+ age groups are among those with the highest rates of suicide.

For more information:
Spring Youth Connection Magazine

The GCPC Spring Youth Connection magazine is complete! Featured topics include:
  • The Complete Download on Screen Addiction
  • Who Should You Trust with Your Mental Health?
  • No Reason to Lose Sleep
  • What Children Really Need
  • Warning Signs of Substance Use and How to Address it with Your Child. 
Check out a copy of the magazine online today.

If you would like paper copies of the magazine for distribution please contact Lisa Fockler at 
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