TEACH OUR CHILDREN WELL: The Truth About Drugs
BUILDING POSSIBILITIES, POTENTIAL AND PROMISE TOGETHER!
This past year, we have all been challenged and changed by a pandemic none of us ever could have imagined. It certainly has changed the way CADY operates. As an essential public health service, our doors remained open and we adapted. Today we are working in new and more innovative ways to provide support, information, education, and skill building to youth, families, and schools to prevent and reduce youth substance misuse.
The ongoing mental health, substance misuse, and child protection crises our state is experiencing has taken a significant toll on New Hampshire’s children and families, impacting all child-serving organizations. These crises, and the pandemic we continue to face, are disrupting children’s stability and upending their lives. Resources remain limited for preventative services and the systems set up to support children remain underfunded and uncoordinated.
Consequently, CADY is very worried about our children and believe it is our community’s collective responsibility to address these problems head on – to ensure that we are supporting the healthy social and emotional development of all children in our region. The scary truth is we are seeing surges in childhood anxiety and clinical depression statewide and locally. In 2019, 341 children, ages 12-17, called the state’s 24-hour crisis line with the number rising to 418 this year. This summer, a disturbing new trend emerged with 26 children waiting for a bed in a treatment facility, in contrast to one child in 2017. Additionally, youth substance misuse in our local region has increased significantly, putting our children at even greater risk of harm. The 2019 Central NH Youth Risk Behavior Survey indicates our children are at higher rates than statewide averages in suicidal ideation, sadness, and helplessness. Post COVID-19, these number are expected to grow, as so many of our children are struggling with the impact of social isolation and uncertainty. Emerging research shows that for youth to thrive, even amidst challenging life circumstances, what they need most is to be encircled by caring adults. This is the essence of CADY’s vital work. We work hard. We are persistent. And we will never give up. There is much to be done. Collaboration is essential as our community is faced with complex problems that are just too big for a single individual, organization, or level of government to solve alone. The scarcity of treatment services for our children makes prevention a crucial first step to addressing their growing needs. An ounce of prevention for our children is more critical today than ever before.
Thankfully, our collective action has the power to transform the lives of children by preventing youth substance misuse through education and skill building, increasing early intervention services and social-emotional supports, and offering opportunities for mentoring and resiliency building. We thank our friends and community partners for working tirelessly with CADY to build healthy environments that foster hope, growth, resiliency, and promising futures. We cannot do this critical work without you. To support our response to the current crisis, please consider a gift to our “How Are The Children” Campaign. If you would like to donate, you may do so online at cadyinc.org. We know that it takes a community to build possibilities, potential, and promise and we are grateful for your contributions—no gift is too small to make a difference. We send you our gratitude and warmest wishes for good health, hope, peace, and joy this holiday season. Please visit our website at cadyinc.org for a complete description of our programming.
Michael Conklin Deb Naro
Board President Executive Director
CADY is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Your gift is tax deductible as allowed by law.
CADY is a nationally recognized, award-winning non-profit organization that has made real and long-lasting impacts on the lives of young people who are threatened daily by the drug epidemic that NH is experiencing. Last year over 430 people in NH died from drug overdoses. The most responsible, humane and cost-effective strategy is to stop these serious and tragic situations from occurring in the first place.
That’s why your investment is so important!
CADY’s innovative work prevents and reduces substance abuse and promotes the vital relationships and connections youth need to thrive. It also provides the tools for local communities to prevent the high costs and harms of substance abuse.
We often say that “Prevention is Everyone’s Business.” It is impossible to fulfill our mission and achieve our vision without the support of our community. You inspire us to reach beyond expectations and we will continue to do so with your help. Together we will build possibilities, potential, and promise for our youth.
Thank you for considering a donation to CADY—it will prevent substance misuse, addiction, and save lives!
Support Us by Enrolling in KidCents
Step 1: Enroll in wellness+ rewards (click “sign up” at the top left)
Step 2: Enroll in the KidCents Round-Up Program at www.kidcents.com
- Log into your wellness+ rewards account, if you are not already logged in
- Click “Start Round Up Today!”
Step 3: Designate Your Organization
- Click “Select a Charity” on the left side of the screen
- Type in “CADY” and click “Select this Charity”
By rounding up your Rite Aid purchase, you are helping us to extend our reach within the community to help prevent substance misuse among our youth and build bright futures.
Get Involved – Volunteer!
CADY needs everyone in the community working together to create the kind of environment that raises healthy youth with the skills and values for living authentic, responsible, and productive lives. There are many of different ways to help out, from volunteering on a single project to becoming an ongoing volunteer or intern with one of our programs. Contact Ann Stark, CADY Executive Assistant, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 536-9793 to learn more about volunteer opportunities.