Halloween Saftey

Halloween Saftey

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Halloween is an exciting holiday for many. For most people, it reminds them of a time where they were a kid running around asking for candy with their families and friends. Others recognize it as the one night a year where they can escape themselves and their identity for a little while. And as thrilling as this holiday is, it can also quickly turn into a dangerous situation for youth and young adults if they are not careful. We have compiled a list of safety tips below to be aware of if you or someone you know is a young adult who will be participating in the holiday. Do not go out alone. Unfortunately, there are dangerous people out there who take advantage of the opportunity that this holiday brings. So, plan to go out with a group! And do not walk to meet anyone alone. Always let an adult know where you are going and where you will be! Share your location and keep in touch with a trusting adult such as a parent or sibling who is able to keep track of you. And do not post your every move onto social media. Don't be afraid to say no. Peer pressure is a serious issue among youth and young adults. If you feel threatened to do something you do not want to do, saying no is the right thing to do. Stand up for yourself and if you need to walk away, walk away! Do not wear headphones while walking at night! Stay alert and be aware of your surroundings! If at any time you feel uncomfortable walking at night pretend to call a friend and have a conversation with them. Tell them you are on your way to them and what your car looks like so that if someone is following you, they know you are expected somewhere. If you are twenty-one and up and if you do choose to drink, to not drink and drive. Call a friend, an uber or stay where you are at. Nothing is worth putting yourself and others on the road or in your car in danger. Keep cash on you! It is always good to keep twenty dollars in cash on you in case of an emergency and you need help. And lastly, have fun! Be present in the moment and be yourself! You are only this young once so dress up as what you want, not what everyone else wants you to be. And most importantly, stay safe. Article Resources Referenced: https://raisingteenstoday.com/safety-tips-every-teenager-should-know/

WHAT IF I’M IN CRISIS RIGHT NOW?

If you or someone you know is in a medical or life-threatening crisis right now, get help quickly.

  • Call your doctor
  • Call 911 for emergency services
  • Go to the nearest hospital emergency room
  • Call the toll-free, 24-hour hotline of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1.800.273.TALK (1.800.273.8255) TTY: 1.800.799.4TTY (4889)
  • Call Tennessee Statewide Crisis Line at 1.855.274.7471

QUESTIONS?

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the Tennessee Healthy Transitions Initiative, please contact:

Tennessee Department of Mental Health And Substance Abuse Office of Children and Youth Mental Health

Phone: 615-878-0043