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Helping youth and families learn the skills they need to be more successful at home, in school and throughout the community.
Better Choices. Brighter Futures.                                 May 2018
'13 Reasons Why' Season 2
On May 18th, this popular 
yet controversial series is returning to Netflix in its
second season
Follow @YSBKnowsKids
on Facebook to stay up to date with advice for parents - as the series highlights more challenging, but relevant topics.

Want to catch up on Season 1? Here are "13 Things Parents Should Know about 13 Reasons Why" - from YSB's Family Therapist, Rochelle Kruszka, M.A., LMFT
YSB Classes
and Events
Internal Overload

Do your teens or preteens struggle with stress
– or anxiety?

Learn the difference between the two, how to recognize signs, and explore ways to help teens manage their stress both in and out of school.
Middle - High School aged Youth,  Caring Adults
Tuesday, May 8th

Sponsored by:



Award-winning documentary probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including the directors own, and depicts messy struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction.
Evening includes Movie, followed by Panel Discussion; to help families how to empower kids to best navigate the digital world.

Audience: Youth & Caring Adults

Space is limited -

Weds, May 23rd



YSB partners with Park and Rec programs - and returns to Summer Safety Camps!
Check out the links for programs in your area:
Find Local Support

For MORE INFO on:  
  • Parenting tips & tools
  • Social Media
  • Bullying
  • Emotional Health
  • Chemical Health
  • Healthy Relationships

Seeking a Link to Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Resources?

"Fast-Tracker" is a virtual community and health care connection resource.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month
Mental Health Disorders (MD) and
                  Substance Use Disorders (SUD)…   
  • are real
  • are public health conditions
  • affect anyone: regardless of age, race, IQ,
    religion, income
  • often overlap

    Approximately 80% of teens who struggle with a mental health disorder have turned to substance use as a way to manage their emotional pain.

    This tells us - youth don’t typically abuse substances, or frequently get intoxicated, because their life is going ‘great.’  However, identifying which challenge came first - often resembles the 'Chicken, or the Egg?' paradox. So, how can you address these Co-Occuring Disorders?                                                                                Read More
How Does YSB Help?
I stopped smoking and actually looked at my future
and asked myself…  do I really need this? No

Youth Participant, YSB Chemical Health Services
As substance use is particularly harmful to the developing brain, adolescents do need to be held accountable with reasonable consequences to deter continued use.
YSB staff help young people become open to addressing factors that impact their quality of lifeexploring factors that may be contributing to, or hindering, their overall well-being.
Our Licensed Therapists are available in three offices, serving Washington County and surrounding areas, and our 4 school-based Chemical Health Specialists partner with local school districts to prevent and reduce youth substance throughout the academic year.

  • Read more: the connection between Mental Health and Substance Use among Teens  (Co-Occurring Disorders)

  • Check out our new eNews feature: Chem Health Corner (below)!

  • Find out how Esperanza Lee, Youth Member of YSB's Advisory Committee - is advocating for Mental Wellness among youth! (below)

  • Learn more about: YSB's Staff

YSB Welcomes Dr. Joseph Lee!
"Addiction specialist is featured speaker at YSB gala"
by: Mary Devine, Pioneer Press

Article ImageJoseph Lee, medical director for youth continuum at Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation and author of “Recovering My Kid: Parenting Young Adults in Treatment and Beyond,” will be the featured speaker
at this week’s Youth Service Bureau gala.

A triple-boarded physician, he is also a diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine and a member of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry’s Substance Abuse Committee.
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Thanks to Newest Gala Sponsors!


Hesley Jensen American Legion Post #491
Bayport, MM

Hesley Jensen American Legion, Auxiliary Unit #491
Bayport, MM

Chemical Health Corner
"Prevention" is not just about eliminating a negative behavior; it is also about supporting positive physical, intellectual, psychological and social development – infusing wellness into our community.
To highlight the importance of prevention, May 13-19 marks SAMHSA’s National Prevention Week. This week is dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of substance use prevention and positive mental health.
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"Stick With Hope"
Esperanza Lee - Woodbury, MN High School Student
article from MSSWA's Liz Kruger Hommerding, MSW, LICSW
Article ImageStick with Hope is a youth-led initiative to advocate for mental wellness among youth through notes of encouragement. Lee began the initiative in 2017 after seeing youth with mental health issues drop out of school.          
Please join us in thanking Esperanza, member
of YSB's Youth & Family Education Advisory Committee!  
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Better Choices. Brighter Futures.

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