Prevention Resources

Adolescence can be tough for young people and their families

Many people begin experimenting with substances as teenagers, while half of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14. These challenges can have a lifelong impact: one in five adults in Baltimore has a mental health disorder, and one in 10 has a substance use disorder.

BHSB works with schools, communities and organizations across Baltimore and Central Maryland to ensure young people and families get the information they need about preventing substance use and protecting their emotional health.


Substance Use Prevention and Emotional Health and Wellness Tips

The Tips for Teens series educates teens about the dangers of drug use, including short- and long-term health risks and ways the drug affects the brain. 

988 Helpline – Coping Tips offers support for when you’re feeling anxious or overwhelmed or just had a tough day. 

Underage Drinking: Myths Versus Facts helps preteens and teens understand the myths and facts about alcohol use and its effects. 

Prescription Drugs: They Can Help But Also Hurt: Not Worth the Risk describes for teens the dangers of misusing prescription drugs and over-the-counter drugs. 

How to Talk About Bullying provides tips for children and caregivers on talking about bullying before it happens or if you are concerned it may be happening. 

Resources for Families and Schools

  • K.O.D (Kids Off Drugs) is a high-energy, school-based initiative that helps youth and young adults avoid or reduce substance use. Learn how we can work with your school.

  • BHSB works with Baltimore City Schools and providers across the city to ensure all youth and children have access to high-quality behavioral health care. Explore our online directory of early childhood mental health care and school-based behavioral health specialists and learn how to connect with a Family Support Peer Specialist or the Baltimore City Local Care team.  
  • Overdose Prevention
  • Treatment and Other Services