State of Our Youth

Youth substance use is everyone's responsibility and we must fight it together as a community.

FHN, with the support of the Substance Use Prevention Services grant from the Illinois Department of Human Services, is excited to announce the launch of a vaping prevention communication campaign targeting the high school population in Jo Daviess and Stephenson counties.

Every two years, the majority of local high schools participate in the Illinois Youth Survey (IYS). Although the results of the 2020 survey were limited due to school closures last spring, the results continue to show an increasing trend in the use of e-cigarettes, especially among the 10th grade population in Jo Daviess County, which is above state average. Complete information can be found below). In 2017, through the support of the Substance Use Prevention Program and the Strategic Prevention Partnership for Success grants from the Illinois Department of Human Services, FHN partnered with the county middle schools for an alcohol prevention campaign which included communication materials and an extensive multi-session youth prevention education program. The 2020 IYS results in Jo Daviess and Stephenson counties showed a decrease in alcohol use by the 8th and 12th grade students compared to previous years. These programs are continuing in most of the local schools.

In the fall of 2020, FHN completed an analysis of the Jo Daviess and Stephenson counties’ IYS data and conducted a marketing survey of more than 95 high school students. The various vaping prevention communication campaign materials were designed by the state with youth feedback. The communication campaign consists of a series of posters, newsletters, banners, school announcements and local billboards. The theme of the campaign focuses on the positive “I Don’t Vape Because I Need My Lungs to …” and includes informative facts related to the use of e-cigarettes /vaping. The effectiveness of the campaign will be evaluated by the 2022 and 2024 Illinois Youth Survey.

All six of the Jo Daviess County high schools and Freeport High School have partnered with FHN to support the campaign, which is scheduled to run through December, 2021. The overall goals of the programs is to decrease alcohol, opioid and e-cigarette use by youth.

Stephenson County Illinois Youth Survey
Jo Daviess County Illinois Youth Survey

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To request a copy of the Stephenson or Jo Daviess County 2020 State of Our Youth booklets call 815-599-7310. For more information on these surveys, visit Illinois Youth Survey.


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Illinois Poison Center
National Alliance on Mental Illness
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Learn to Live Above the Influence
National Prevention Week

Parents: Prevent Childhood Alcohol Use
Underage Drinking: Myth Vs. Facts
Facts on Underage Drinking
Underage Drinking
Jo Daviess County Underage Drinking Parent Communications Executive Report
Be a "Pizza" the Solution to Underage Drinking
Underage Drinking: What Parents Need to Know
Addiction Happens in the 'Best' of Families
How to Deal with Parent Drinking Problem

Stop Bullying on the Spot
Someone is Bullying Me
Prevent Bullying in Schools

Narcotics Anonymous
Teen Drug Abuse
Know the Risks of Marijuana
Marijuana: The Risks Are Real
Know the Facts About Drugs
Drugged Driving
The Science Behind Drug Use
National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week March 22-28, 2021
Tips for Teens: The Truth About Marijuana
Tips for Teens: The Truth About Methamphetamine

Mental Health
Mental Illness and Substance Use in Young Adults
Mental Health in Teens and Young Adults
How to Help a Friend
Managing a Mental Health Condition in College
Aquin HS Poster: Anxiety
Aquin HS Poster: Depression
Aquin HS Poster: Eating Disorders
Entering Adulthood: Getting Help with Mental Health and Substance Abuse
How to Help a Friend
Taking Charge of Your Mental Health
Getting the Right Start to Mental Health Care

Prescription Medication
Safe Disposal Instructions for Unused Medications
Drop-Off Locations for Unused Medications
Proper Needle and Sharps Disposal Locations
Tips for Teens: The Truth About Opioids
Educational Resources to Prevent Prescription Medication Misuse

Smoking Can Cause Cancer Anywhere in Your Body
Tips for Teens: The Truth About Tobacco Use

How To Take Care Of Yourself
Resource Guide for Suicide
Aquin HS Poster: Suicide Prevention
Preventing Suicide: A Toolkit for High Schools

Teens and Vaping
How Do Vaping Devices Work
Teens E-cigarette Use Doubles
Help Your Teen Avoid Drug-laced Food
Resource Guide for Reducing Vaping Among Youth
Tips For Teens: The Truth About E-cigarettes
Vaping and Marijuana Concentrates

Press Releases

5/4/2021 - FHN, Area Schools Observing National Prevention Week May 9-15
The Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is celebrating the 10th anniversary of National Prevention Week (NPW) May 9-15, 2021 ... READ MORE

NPW Dress Up Days


Preventing Prescription Drug and Opioid Misuse

Preventing Underage Drinking and Alcohol Misuse

Illicit Drug Use and Youth Marijuana Use

Preventing Youth
Tobacco Use
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Preventing Suicide

Mental Health Pledge Forms: Version 1, Version 2
Nicotine Free Pledge Forms: Version 1 Version 2, Version 3, Version 4, Version 5

4/13/2021 - Generation Rx Campaign
LISTEN as Renata Hepler, AAS, Prevention Specialist at FHN Family Counseling Center discusses Substance Abuse Prevention programs offered in Stephenson and Jo Daviess Counties.

2/12/2021 - Vaping Prevention Communication Campaign Begins
FHN, with the support of the Substance Use Prevention Services grant from the Illinois Department of Human Services, is excited to announce the launch of a vaping prevention communication campaign ... READ MORE

3/11/2020 - Community Video Wins $750 for River Ridge Schools
Explore JDC Drug and Alcohol Free, a short, creative video suggesting fun, alcohol- and drug-free things to do during prom and graduation season, is the winner of this year's Jo Daviess County Juvenile Justice Council (JDCJJ) Video Contest. "We asked parents and community members to make a short video to show their support in keeping our youth safe and alcohol-free this spring," said FHN Partnerships for Success Coordinator Joanne Muzzey. "Community and parent involvement is important in helping teens avoid drugs and alcohol this season – and a donation for post-prom will help, too!" The video won a $750 JDCJJ donation to River Ridge High School.

8/31/2015 - We are the Pretzels. We don't drink alcohol.
8 out of 10 Freeport High School students think it is risky to drink you?

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