Event planned to help families make sure kids are safe, healthy

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Do you ever wonder what your kids are doing in their rooms, if they’re safe or possibly experimenting with drugs and alcohol?

The Robert C. Byrd Center is one of the few in and outpatient behavioral and mental health service centers for kids in the Mountain State. The center in partnership with the Ohio Valley Medical Center is hosting “The Hidden in Plain Sight Event” to help give parents tips of what to look for in their own homes.

Professionals at the center said they see a tie in teens between mental health and drugs and alcohol.

They also said teenagers are much more aware about how to hide these substances.

The best way to keep your kids safe is and some get informed, and some of the information shared may shock parents.

“Things can start even younger than that. There are kids that could be in middle school or rarely even in elementary school, so I think parents being aware of what’s going on around them and what’s going on in the community and again just being on top of everything,” said Dr. Jill Bradshaw, psychiatrist, Robert C. Byrd Center.

“You know, they know where to hide things, how to hide things, to make things look normal when it could be concealing something that could be dangerous,” said John Antal, Program Director

“If you really think you’re concerned seek help please, you need to be receptive and open to it and seek help that your kid needs because I really think that we can turn things around,” said Dr. Nihit Gupta, psychiatrist, Robert C. Byrd Center.

The Hidden in Plain Sight event will take place at Ohio Valley Medical Center from 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

There will be a mock bedroom to snoop around in first, and then a power point presentation from New Martinsville School principal and Sisterville Police Chief.

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