The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) recently launched a public awareness campaign to highlight TeenLink Hawaii, a youth empowerment, outreach, and education program that provides information and referral services for local teens.
Included on TeenLinkHawaii.org is the Health and Wellness Toolkit, which is a comprehensive resource created by teens, college students, and young adults. The toolkit has information and tips on physical and mental health, stress, succeeding in school, substance abuse, and contacts for support services. It has a COVID-19 section with information on vaccinations and staying healthy and connected.
The public awareness campaign, which runs through September, includes TV, radio, and digital ads featuring top local comedian and social media influencer Tumua Tuinei. The former University of Hawaiʻi football player brings his brand of character comedy, depicting both the teen and parents, highlighting the importance of communication and directing viewers to the TeenLink Hawaii website.
The TeenLink Hawaii website also encourages teens to call Hawaii CARES 1-800-753-6879 or text the Crisis Text Line (text ALOHA to 741741) for crisis support, mental health resources, or substance use treatment services.
TeenLink Hawaii is a program of the Coalition for a Drug-Free Hawaii. For more information and resources, visit TeenLinkHawaii.org.