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Carpinteria Unified School District

1400 Linden Avenue

Carpinteria, California 93013

United States

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The Carpinteria Unified School District (CUSD) provides public education services to students in the Carpinteria Valley, with district boundaries reaching south to the Ventura County line and north to the community of Summerland. The District, serving app ... more

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Carp Cares


support of World Suicide Prevention Day

San Marcos High School for the 12th Annual Suicide Prevention Forum

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Subsequently, local residents Amrita Salm, Debbie Hosseini, Marybeth Carty, Becki Norton helped form the core of the group.

According to Salm, also a member of the Carpinteria Unified School District Board of Trustees, 19 people turned out for a followup meeting.
Salm said that the NA meetings have been the direct result of feedback from local teens.It is one example of Carp Cares' remarkable growth in a one-year span from giving youth what they want.In this case, according to Salm, teens realized that drug abuse is a problem and expressed their desire for a place where they can get help.
"We're really relying on kids to tell us what they want," she said."Until we communicate with young people, how can we identify what kids want?Kids need to be supported so that they become productive, happy, caring adults."
So far, noted Salm, Carp Cares has received nearly $6,000 in funding from county, city and independent sources.Monies granted by the Carpinteria City Council in December helped start a local counseling program in conjunction with the Academy for Healing Arts.
Looking ahead to the start of the school year, Salm said that several projects are on the rise and by the fall she hopes to see the establishment of mental health services in Carpinteria schools.
"In our culture, we are not really allowed to talk about mental health.That's why support groups are so valuable," she added."They need someone to talk to and someplace to go."
Aside from drug prevention, Salm said it is imperative that Carpinteria youths are provided with local resources for social problems.She believes Carpinteria is under-served in this respect and only motivates many teens to turn to alcohol or drugs."There's a limited amount of cultural and creative endeavors for kids in this community.There should be a lot more opportunities," she said.
Carp Cares is seeking to remedy this by pursuing a downtown youth center.Salm said that organizations like Planned Parenthood, the Pacific Pride Foundation and Family Services of Santa Barbara County are all willing to come to Carpinteria, but they need such a venue in addition to regular youth clubs.
Now in the process of acquiring nonprofit designation, Carp Cares, noted Salm, has been in talks with several foundations to gain funding for the center.
The group also intends to work with developing "safe" businesses in Carpinteria, places affixed with the Carp Cares logo (designed by a local teen) where kids can go if being followed, in trouble, or in need of help.
Wallet-sized emergency cards are being prepared.Every student at Carpinteria's middle and high schools, according to Salm, will have one, printed with phone numbers on hand to call for problems and questions ranging from HIV, pregnancy and drug use.
"There are a lot of services that don't exist," noted Salm.
Carp Cares, said Salm, is coordinating transportation on Sept. 27 to San Marcos High School in Santa Barbara for the 12th Annual Suicide Prevention Forum, in support of World Suicide Prevention Day.

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"A 15- or 16-year-old girl taking her own life is a reflection on the entire community," said Amrita Salm, a board member of the Carpinteria Unified School District who helped start the Carpinteria Cares task force. "We also became aware that this girl had attempted to kill herself once before, and had talked with her friends about doing it again. Yet, even with all this warning, the community was unable to prevent the tragedy."

The girl's death begged the question, Ms. Salm said, "What do teenagers do when their friends talk about these things?
"We can't expect a depressed teen to take the initiative to take a bus to Santa Barbara for an appointment with a counselor or a support group," Ms. Salm said.

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