Promoting conversations with children about the importance of living healthy lives has lasting impact and is a critical part of addressing our children’s mental health. Simply having regular conversations with your students is an effective tool to prevent drug use and show your support. It is also important to know the signs and symptoms of mental health concerns in your students and where to get help when needed.
Anyone in need of support can contact the Ohio CareLine at 1-800-720-9616 or by texting "4hope" to 741 741.
The HOPE curriculum is a series of lessons, assessments and learning materials to develop students’ functional knowledge, attitudes and necessary skills to prevent drug abuse. The lessons are designed to be part of a larger substance abuse prevention unit within a school’s health education curriculum.
HOPE Curriculum Examples
Are you a Start Talking! Champion?
The State of Ohio would like to recognize schools and school districts that are delivering a strong drug-free message to their students and can inspire others with their stories.
Generation Rx is a prevention education program that offers engaging, age-appropriate resources free of charge to teach everyone about using medications safely.
Prescription Drug Education
House Bill 367 requires the Governor's Cabinet Opiate Action Team to make recommendations for instruction in prescription opioid abuse prevention and submit those recommendations to the Department of Education to publish the recommendations online.
Text 4hope to 741 741
Do you need help? Text the keyword “4hope” to 741 741 to be connected to a trained Crisis Counselor within 5 minutes. People of all ages can use Crisis Text Line.