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Most western North Carolina youth do not use alcohol, but advertising and social media influencers can make it look as if “everyone is doing it.” Many of us who are raising teenagers do not see the indirect marketing that targets them on a daily basis because it appears in their social media feeds and not ours. Learn what young people are up against and talk with them about it. Help your teen recognize marketing that targets them and distinguish fact from fiction.

Summer is back! Make it memorable for all the right reasons with the information and resources below.

The CDC offers this top ten list for water safety:

  • DO learn to swim.
  • DO take a friend along.
  • DO know your limits.
  • DO swim in supervised (watched) areas only. Follow all signs and warnings.
  • DO wear a life jacket when boating , jet skiing, water skiing, rafting, or fishing.
  • DO stay alert to currents.
  • DO keep an eye on the weather.
  • DON’T “mess around,” or engage in horseplay, in the water.
  • DON’T dive into shallow water. If you don’t know how deep the water is, don’t dive.
  • DON’T float where you can’t swim.

And here is a Mountain Strong tip: Don’t let substance misuse ruin the party. Have a good time safely with a heads up from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse & Alcoholism and the U.S. Coast Guard.


Mountain Strong thanks first responders, health care workers, and educators throughout western North Carolina for your sacrifice and service this past year. Thank you for showing us what resilience truly means!

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Get help with substance misuse, self-harm or suicidal thoughts, developmental disability, mental health, etc. by contacting Vaya Health at 1-800-849-6127.

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