For Youth

Why Resilience Matters

Have you noticed that there are some people who seem to have hard stuff happen but it rolls off of them? It might be you or some of your friends who can just bounce back when crappy stuff happens. Bouncing back is resilience. Crappy stuff will happen. Resilience is part of the mental muscles you need to be strong enough to get through it and make your own life better.

How You can Build Your Own Resilience

Life throws us curve balls and it is up to us to learn how to deal with them. You can build your ability to handle when life gets hard. Resilience involves three main things:

  • Challenge. Think of the hard thing as a challenge, not as a paralyzing event. It is okay to fail at things.  It sucks when it’s happening, but that is when we learn the most.
  • Commitment. Resilient people are committed to their lives and their goals.  Keep committed to yourself and the people who support you.
  • Personal Control. Spend time worrying about things you can actually control.  

How to Cope When Life Really Sucks

Take Care of You

Surround yourself by friends and people who love you. Get enough sleep! When you feel crappy, your emotions go crazy. Eat healthy. Keep your routine.

Choose To
Be in Control

Take charge of the situation. If toxic people are texting you or if social media is affecting you, turn it off.

See the Good

Try to remember that crappy things happen to everyone. Look for the positive in the situation. Crappy things are temporary. Instead of thinking something is life ruining, reminding yourself that the hard thing is only temporary can help you bounce back.

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Youth Organizations We Love

Teen Talk

Teen Talk offers non-judgmental peer-to-peer support for a lots of things like depression, anxiety, STDs and health issues, LGBTQ+, family and friends, school, and sports — all online or by phone.

Teen Talk volunteers complete 32 hours of training prior to supporting their peers. This training provides information about many of the issues facing today’s young people, and better equips them to listen and to help their peers through difficult situations.

Youth Now

The Youth Now Prevention Initiative and the Weed Can Wait campaign are directed by local youth and run by Clark County’s Prevent Coalition and Clark County Public Health. The campaign is the result of a Department of Health grant funded by Washington State tax dollars from marijuana sales. The coalition brings together a wide circle of community members for the common goal of creating greater health and well-being for everyone. Even those with seemingly opposite opinions about marijuana, like local law enforcement and recreational retailers are coming together to support youth prevention.


STASHA is a non-judgmental group made up of youth ages 12-19. The youth work to prevent substance abuse among their peers and within their community using their own words and in their own way. Their mission is to help prevent substance use and encourage Clark County youth to make healthy decisions through non-judgmental youth-to-youth advice and/or suggestions.

  • Promote awareness through outreach and educational programs, while serving as a resource for his/her peers at school and/or one-on-one.
  • Advise various community groups on how to best address substance abuse at a community level.
  • Support programs and policies that minimize substance abuse and encourage youth to pursue positive behavior changes and participate in a healthier Clark County.

The young people in this program seek to represent the diverse geographic regions and populations of the county. This group is comprised of youth who have never used drugs and alcohol, youth with past experimentation/use, and youth who have completed treatment and are now in recovery.