MONTGOMERY, AL – January 11, 2015- For teens having a hard time locating community resources and getting real facts about alcohol and drugs, things are about to get better. The Council on Substance Abuse-NCADD (COSA-NCADD) is launching Teen Direct, an information and referral service to connect youth to resources and information available to them in the greater Montgomery area.
What’s unique about Teen Direct is that youth can call or use social media pages on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Facebook to get information on programs and services available to them or ask a trained staff or volunteer specific questions relating to alcohol and drugs.
Starting January 19th, youth will be able to access information and resources by calling 1-844-262-TALK, Twitter @ TEENDIRECTMGM, Instagram @ TEENDIRECTMGM, YouTube @ TEENDIRECTMGM and Facebook @Teendirectmgm. The helpline is going to be live Monday-Friday from 3:00pm to 7:00 pm, COSA-NCADD employee Ashley Robinson started establishing Teen Direct over a year ago by surveying over 200 teens in the Montgomery area to find out if they would access a service like this and what topics they would want more information and resources on. Robinson even solicited feedback from some of the agencies who youth will be referred to.
Although the service officially starts January 19th, Robinson is visiting all Montgomery Public high schools this week to set up an information table and promote the program. “It’s been a long year, but it has been worth it,” remarks Robinson. “Teen Direct is just the beginning. The helpline is not a crisis line right now, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a need for one. I’d love for us to expand next year to reach teens who may be suicidal, experiencing trauma or mental health issues.”
COSA-NCADD is a private 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1973 to promote the understanding that alcoholism and other drug dependence are preventable and treatable diseases. The organization’s mission is to “reduce the incidence and prevalence of the disease of alcoholism, other drug addiction diseases, and related problems.” For information about the COSA-NCADD and its programs and services, visit www.cosancadd.org or call 334-262-1629.
Click here to access program flyer.