School. Social Media. Parents. Pressure. Drugs. OMG I CAN’T EVEN DEAL ANY MORE. 😒

You’re not alone.

You need the right person to talk to.

This site’s about finding them.

Cool. Here’s how this works:

FIRST, De-Stress 🧘🏽

NEXT, Build a support system 🤗🫶🏾

THEN, Talk with people you trust 🗣️👤💗

😌 Just Breathe 😌

Yeah, it sounds cheesy.

But deep breaths are. like a “pause” button for stress.

3… 2… 1… Breathe.

Feel Better?

Mind clearer?
Pulse slower?
Feel better?
Ready for the next step?

Release the (peer) Pressure

Ok, yeah. This is about the pressure to use drugs.

🤦🏽‍♂️ But also 24/7 social media, dress-like-this, act-like-that, OMG-stop-it kinda pressure 🤦🏽‍♀️

5 Ways to Beat Peer Pressure

1. Walk Away 🚶

“Peace out, person who makes me uncomfortable.”

2. Make an Excuse. 🤷

“I’ve got plans” or “I have asthma” go a long way.

3. Make a Joke. 😉

“No thanks, I’m saving my brain cells for finals week.”

4. Flip the Script 💁

“Joining the crowd isn’t awesome. Thinking for yourself is.”

5. Suggest Alternatives. ⬅️ ➡️

“What’s that? Oh, it’s my PS5 calling my name.”

Take Time to Connect

When you’re sad, you feel alone. And when you’re alone, you feel sad. It’s a vicious cycle.

Together = Happy

…for EVERYONE involved. So, taking care of others is also taking care of ourselves.

Did you know?

Team sports = Better mental health?

👯 Talking IRL makes you happier than texting?

🤗 Friends actually feel happier after they hug?

Get together. Talk.
Or do something fun.

Build A Support System

😐 “I’ve got no one to talk to.” 😐

Here’s what’s wild: EVERYONE feels this way sometimes.

So there’s always someone who will understand. You just have to find the right people.

Find people who…

People who might hurt you CAN’T help you.

Is this person hearing you? Or waiting to talk?

Will they help and support you? Or judge you?

Make a list of people who pass this test

Could be parents, teachers, friends, siblings, coaches, whoever.

Have the Hard Talks

You can’t solve a problem if you don’t talk about it.

☝️ Choose the right person

Remember the support system you built? Who best understands your issue?

✌️ Try a test conversation

Before you bring up a hard thing, try an easier one.

✋ Practice what you want to say

You can even say it in a mirror. Imagine what
you want out of the conversation.

🚨 You ALWAYS have options 🚨

Below are some resources, some are even anonymous, that can offer help.

Some are specific to where in Arizona you live.

And if it’s a TRUE crisis, talk or text with a counselor.