This 2020-2021 school year, New York DECA is excited to collaborate with the harris project, a New York-based non-profit organization that supports the prevention of co-occurring disorders through their Co-Occurring Disorders Awareness peer-led model.
In the midst of the overdose and suicide epidemics gripping our nation, the harris project is a small non-profit making a big impact in saving lives and improving outcomes.
Harris Blake Marquesano was only 19 when he died by accidental overdose in October 2013. Shortly after Harris’s death, his family founded the harris project, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that advances prevention programming and advocates for the implementation of integrated treatment opportunities to improve the lives of teens and young adults diagnosed with co-occurring disorders (COD).
Harris was one of the more than 10.2 million with COD. COD is a combination of one or more mental health challenges and substance misuse/addiction.
With 22% of teens having a mental health disorder with severe impact, and more than 70% of all those addicted to/misusing substances meeting the criteria for a diagnosis of COD, it is time to bring COD: out of the shadows & into the light!
CODA empowers youth with knowledge about how they and their peers might enter the substance misuse/addiction narrative. CODA encourages them to take an active role in connecting and supporting each other, as well as recognize the value of linking to resources (#CODAConnects #BeTheLink).