Studies have found that regular marijuana use during the teen years disrupts brain development and can also lead to problems with attention span, behavior and impulse control in adulthood.
Like other parents who have experienced the untimely death of their child, I looked for a way to prevent any other parent or sibling or friend from enduring the horrific anguish that comes with the death of a child. Unfortunately, what happened to Rachael is not particularly unique. The facts are that the demographic of young adults entering college is unrecognized as a uniquely vulnerable population.
Freshman college students have a higher risk of incidence due to alcohol poisoning, depression, and sexual assault.
In the six years since Rachael’s death, Rachael’s First Week program has reached almost 10,000 students in the state of Indiana, speaking at high schools, colleges, sororities, and fraternities as well as reaching millions through their social media channels.
The Rachael’s First Week team spent the morning talking with seniors from Cathedral High School and the International School of Indiana.
Juul has become a popular nicotine delivery device for young adults despite the company’s mission. Its attractive flavors, addictive nicotine deliverance, and sleek design have caught the eye of many teens. Vaping has increased to approximately 11% use in high school students.
“Silly String” and the Indy 500! A potentially deadly way of ingesting alcohol. A new trend has emerged called “silly string” were females are soaking tampons with alcohol and inserting these vaginally as a way to ingest alcohol without drinking it. Drinking...
Answer: YES The idea of throwing up to “get rid of the drunk” is often idolized with encouraging phrases: puke and rally, the tactical chunder, vomit and rock it, chuck and run. I could go into a lot of biochemistry here, but I will spare you. The bottom line is that...
Depression sucks. It can creep into any aspect of your life and make you feel isolated from the world. Often, we feel like we are the only ones experiencing these emotions, but I’m here to tell you that you are not alone. What you are going through is a universal...
1 year before Sept. 2012... “Just submitted my common app! It’s all complete.” The joy beams down the stairs of your brick home situated in a quiet neighborhood in northwest Indiana. This town has fewer residents than the university you will eventually attend. “I...
About Rachael’s First Week
Rachael’s First Week is a program dedicated to
These can be tumultuous years when peers often look to each other for guidance as they encounter novel and potentially dangerous situations, rather than engaging experienced mentors to provide solutions.
The mission of Rachael’s First Week is to develop the decision-making skills of teens as they enter this time of monumental change in their lives.
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