Introducing the JT1 Discussion Guide Program for Students (JT1) has launched a new program created to bring this conversation into the classroom. The online platform allows for both in-person instruction or distance learning. Using a series of progressive topics to facilitate small group discussions, this program helps students to recognize behavioral and mental health challenges and connect with a trusted person for support. Learn More

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Help is available. You just have to ask.

Talking about your depression or addiction isn’t easy, but it’s the first step in getting the support you need. You don’t have to make a big announcement. You don’t have to post it for everyone to see. Just tell one.

Talking to one trusted person about how you’re feeling can be a huge relief. It can remind you that you’re not alone. And it can give you hope. One conversation won’t make everything better—but it’s a start. And from there, it will be easier to keep the conversation going and find professional resources. was developed in collaboration with mental and behavioral health agencies across all eight counties in Western New York. Learn more about our mission.



Finding hope in your darkest moment.

It’s normal to go through short periods of sadness. But if the feeling lasts for more than a few weeks, then it may be something more serious. Depression isn’t your fault or something to be ashamed of—it’s a real medical condition, and treatment is available.

It’s important to recognize the early warning signs of depression so you can get help right away.


Alcohol Abuse

Take charge of your drinking.

Drinking alcohol may not seem like a big deal. You see your friends and family do it, it’s easily available, and it’s not illegal. But like any drug, alcohol can be addictive and lead to a number of health problems—especially as a young person.

If you’re concerned about your drinking, or think you’ve developed an addiction, ask for help right away.


Substance Abuse

Don’t let substance use define you.

Any substance that you put in your body can be harmful to your health. That includes recreational drugs as well as prescription medicines. Left untreated, substance use can take over your life and lead to more dangerous situations.

It’s never too early to address your drug or prescription medication abuse.


Substance Abuse

There’s always a better way. You are worth it.

No matter how bad things get, you never need to resort to hurting yourself or taking your own life. Often, the idea of suicide can be linked to another issue that can be addressed, such as breakup, depression, bullying, or any other stressful situation.

When you start having suicidal thoughts, don’t keep them to yourself. Talk to someone.

Be a positive influence.

What happens if someone chooses you as a trusted person to talk to? Don’t worry, you don’t have to be a professional to be a good listener.

Learn how to have a supportive conversation and what next steps to take.