Know More Kansas

Connect the dots

Bringing together strengths and strategies for better outcomes. 

Campaigns Goal: To highlight the connection of a variety of prevention missions in their efforts to deploy prevention strategies that will address a humans basic needs, reduce risk factors, increase protective factors, and produce healthy individuals, relationships and communities.  

Some Prevention Missions that Share Connections

  • Behavioral Health Disorder Prevention 
  • Child Abuse Prevention 
  • Mental Health Promotion  
  • Problem Gambling 
  • Substance Misuse
  • Tobacco & Vaping 
  • Marijuana
  • Prescription Drugs 
  • Illegal substances 
  • Underage drinking 
  • Suicide Prevention 
  • Violence Prevention 

Shared Strengths

Community Ownership

Community-led programs strengthen the capacity of the communities to identify, prevent, and respond to behavioral health and safety issues. 

  • Cross-sector collaboration 
  • Community coalitions  
  • Shared resources

Shared Risk Factors

Risk factors are characteristics at the biological, psychological, family, community, or cultural level that precede and are associated with a higher likelihood of negative outcomes. -SAMHSA 

  • Barriers to mental health and physical health services 
  • Financial struggles 
  • Low self-esteem 
  • Poor behavioral control/impulsiveness 
  • Unmet basic needs – food, water, shelter, clothing, warmth, sleep 
  • Family history of physical or emotional abuse 
  • Family history of drug use 
  • Family history of mental health challenges 
  • Witnessing violence 
  • Negative peer pressure 
  • Easy access to drugs and alcohol 
  • High rate of poverity 
  • High unemployment 
  • High rates of violence and crime 
  • Lack of and poor quality of affordable housing 
  • Limited mental health and physical health services 

Shared Protective Factors

Protective factors are characteristics associated with a lower likelihood of negative outcomes or that reduce a risk factor’s impact. -SAMHSA 

  • Accessing mental and physical health services 
  • Basic needs met 
  • Positive self-esteem 
  • Problem solving skills 
  • Exhibiting positive behaviors 
  • Values & beliefs
  • Parental or other caring adults’ involvement 
  • Interaction with prosocial peers 
  • Safe environments including home, school, work etc. 
  • Affection & attachment 
  • Community programs and services 
  • Mental health and addiction treatment 
  • Safe neighborhoods 
  • Affordable stable housing 
  • Employment and training

Shared Strategies to Reduce Risks Factors and Increase Protective Factors

  • Providing early education and intervention services 
  • Family and relationship education  
  • Social emotional skills education 
  • Delivering recovery & mental health services
  • Behavioral health campaigns 
  • Publishing warning signs and symptoms 
  • xaProviding information about your mission, available programs and resources for help 
  • Community ownership  
  • Access to healthy food and water 
  • Increase access to mental and physical health services 
  • Strengthen economic supports 
  • Safer home, schools and communities