A happy community is a healthy community.
We want Atchison area residents to be healthy and happy. Our goal is for them to have fulfillment and joy and meaningful connections with neighbors, friends, and family. We believe a person’s mental well-being is as equally important as, and directly relates to, their physical well-being.
Live Well Live Atchison operates two Partnerships for Success (PFS) prevention programs funded through grants from the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) and DCCCA.
Live Well Live Atchison is also a member of the Kansas Prevention Collaborative.
Preventative Youth Initiatives
Through the PFS projects, we work to support youth in making healthy life choices. We do this by focusing on preventing and reducing the incidence of underage drinking among Atchison County youth.
According to a survey conducted in Atchison County in 2015, alcohol impacted our young adults—and our community at large—in the following ways:
- 44% of driving deaths in Atchison County involved alcohol.
- 15% of Atchison County youth surveyed reported they were 15 years old when they first began drinking alcoholic beverages regularly (at least once or twice a month).
- 22% of Atchison County youth surveyed reported having beer, wine, or hard liquor at least once within the past 30 days.
These projects aim to increase public knowledge and understanding about the consequences of underage drinking, and raise awareness about the rising epidemic of prescription drug misuse and abuse.
Protect Atchison's Youth.
Prevent your kids from prescription drug abuse and accidental poisoning.
Dispose of unwanted or expired medication here:
807 Main St.
- Atchison Family Medicine Clinic
820 Ravenhill Dr.
Young people, ages 12-24 especially, tend to be more difficult to reach and have less experience with expressing themselves and seeking help in these areas. What begins as a mild prolonged depression can lead to suicidal thoughts, self harm, and substance abuse if not detected and dealt with in its early stages.
Not all scars show.
We can help our community in the area of behavioral health by recognizing and reaching out when we, our loved ones, or our neighbors are struggling with emotional well-being. The following are some symptoms to watch out for:
- Prolonged depression, sadness, or irritability
- Social withdrawal
- Changes in eating and sleeping habits
- Inability to deal with day-to-day problems or activities
- Suicidal thoughts
- Substance abuse
- Self harm
Because it affects us internally and is less visible than physical pain, emotional pain often goes unaddressed and untreated. We need to have an open dialogue about these issues and let people know that we care, that they are not alone, and that support is available.