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Watch The First Day and participate in a Town Hall discussion about youth substance misuse.

 
Get started on September 15th at 7pm ET!

“When it comes to speaking about addiction the focus often times is about the worst day. We need to focus on how this begins rather than on how it ends. Prevention starts on the first day.”

CHRIS HERREN

About ‘The First Day’ Film

The First Day is an innovative approach to prevention and wellness education with a look into the struggles facing our youth today. Filmed at public and private high schools over the course of a year, the film chronicles Chris Herren’s journey revealing his profound connections with high school students who, in turn, have shared their stories of struggle and strength. Through the power of storytelling, The First Day addresses issues that teens and communities are impacted by, directly or indirectly, from substance use to mental wellness and harmful behaviors. His words resonate and make an impact with a focus on the beginning; The First Day.

Chris Herren scored over 2,000 career points in high school and went on to play at Boston College and Fresno State. Drafted by the Denver Nuggets in 1999, Herren played two years in the NBA and seven seasons overseas before losing it all to the disease of addiction. In recovery since August 1, 2008, Chris shares his story nationwide with the hope of reaching just one person and making a difference.

The Conversation Hosts

Meet the faces who will be facilitating the Town Hall conversation about youth substance misuse in Anderson County!

Amy Olson
Amy Olson

Director of Children and Youth Services, Ridgeview Behavioral Health Services

Shayla Sanderson
Shayla Sanderson

Whole Child District Project Coordinator, Tennessee Department of Health

Isabella Kelly
Isabella Kelly

ASAP Youth Ambassador Graduate, Student at the University of Tennessee

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