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This discussion provides tips about what parents can do to help their teens with mental health and suicide prevention.

Youth Coalition member Ezra Smith-Howard interviews Emily Wells, Northeast Coordinator for Mental Health Association of East Tennessee about youth mental health and suicide prevention.

Looking for Sullivan County Youth Ambassadors!

SCAD Coalition is looking for middle school or high school aged students interested in creating some PSAs, media for social media, and possibly doing some presentations for substance abuse prevention. If you are interested please fill out the application and return to Melony Ison. (

Ambassador Sullivan County Youth Coalition Application

Join a Youth Coalition (or start one)!

Contact Melony Ison ( for more information.

Speak to organizations in our community about the problems

We will train you! Contact Alice McCaffrey ( for more information

If You Use Nicotine Products, QUIT!

  • SmokefreeTXT - a free text message cessation service that provides 24/7 encouragement, advice, and tips to teens trying to quit smoking. The initiative is led by the National Cancer Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health.

  • Once they sign up, teens receive text messages timed according to their selected quit date. Following their quit date, they will continue receiving texts for up to six weeks — a critical piece of the SmokefreeTXT service, as research shows that cessation support continues to be important beyond the first few weeks of quitting. Teens can sign up online or text “QUIT” to iQUIT (47848).