May 27, 2020
The CRUSH coalition, Community Strong’s Substance Use Prevention action team, met via ZOOM video conference last Thursday 5/21. A major theme among the many CRUSH partner organizations is that: Despite the pandemic and the resulting social distancing practices, the St. Charles mental health and Substance Use Disorder (SUD) professionals are working harder than ever to ensure consistent access to resources and support. We are doing our best to rise to the occasion and help those with SUD and friends/family affected by SUD. Launching soon is a one-stop resource page- facilitated by the DEA, Community Strong, and other partners.
To help promote this page and inspire stronger and more resilient mindsets, the coalition has started a new media campaign under the Facebook group, “Community Rocks Utilized to Spread Hope”. Through this initiative, the community is encouraged to paint rocks with positive messaging, include the hashtag #CRUSHscc, and leave the rocks where observers will find them throughout St. Charles County. The unique hashtag acts to lead observers to the Facebook group, where they will find links to the resource page and other helpful information. They will also be able to see other people’s paintings!
It is a great way to spread the needed positivity and increase access to resources that should be available to anyone suffering from poor mental health or struggling with SUD.
Flex your creativity in a fun way with your friends and family while doing it!
For more details, visit: https://www.facebook.com/groups/CRUSHscc/
April 27, 2020
CRUSH, the Substance Use Prevention action team, met via ZOOM video conference last Thursday 4/16. A major theme among the many CRUSH partner organizations is that despite the pandemic and resulting social distancing practices, the mental health and SUD community is working harder than ever to ensure consistent access to resources to help those with SUD or SUD affected friends/family. We are rising to the occasion and will likely even have a one-stop resource page for this soon- facilitated by the DEA, Community Strong, and other partners.
Keeping in mind that social isolation is a strong predictor of decreased mental health and SUD, the CRUSH coalition is also creating a fun and engaging activity for the community that involves leaving your (or your kids!) own creative work in areas where walkers, bikers, park goers (etc.) will find them. The creative designs will include the positive messaging of how you’re not alone- we’re here for you. The designs will also link to related resources and news to compliment the messaging. Eventually the mentioned resource page will be the spotlight of the Facebook group.
Stay tuned for instructions on how to participate. It will be easy to do, fun (for you and even your whole family), and your participation will contribute to your community’s health and wellbeing.
January 2, 2020
Over the last quarter of 2019, the CRUSH coalition has been very active in the community.
The 2019 Teen Drug Summit was held at Calvary Church on Thursday, November 21st. Nearly 500 students from 22 schools attended in this high-energy event with a wide array of engaging presenters, interactive exhibits, music, and powerful storytellers.
A new and additional activity promoting applied knowledge and teamwork was sent back to the schools in the form of a Meme Competition. The project was a success with over 20 unique student submissions. Community Strong and CRUSH arranged a robust prize system for all submissions and plan on enhancing the competition for upcoming years. This project segued into a marketing campaign to help proselytize younger demographics to healthy behaviors in a modern and fun way.
Currently, Community Strong and our CRUSH coalition partner agencies are leveraging joint resources to facilitate several initiatives:
- Developing an extensive marketing campaign with an emphasis of destigmatizing substance use disorder to increase the likelihood that substance abusers will seek help.
- Organizing a Heroin Walk that will take place in Frontier Park on May 2 (further details TBD)
- Contributing information on substance cessation to a county-wide workplace wellness certification framework (CSWW) to extend programming into work-environment.
- Coordinating several community health assessments to help identify and resolve yet-to-be-addressed programming gaps.
If you would like more information about the goals, initiatives or how to join the CRUSH coalition- please contact Thomas Redd, firstname.lastname@example.org