Happy 4th of July! We hope you all have a safe and fun holiday!
How to Safely Party with a Plan:
A clip from Breaking Points, 30-minute documentary intended for adults that explores the stress and pressures our teens face every day, as well as the unhealthy ways that many of them cope, including misusing prescription drugs.
From the Center for Motivation and Change: We all know that substance use disorders can exact a terrible emotional and physical toll on the person struggling. A person overusing substances can suffer lower quality of life, impaired functioning at work, school and in family roles, and financial, legal and health problems. What you may not realize is that a significant part of this pain is attributable to stigma, as people with substance problems are labeled all sorts of negative things (“liars,” “losers,” “junkies,” “addicts”) and are often judged to be immoral, full of character defects and somehow carelessly and even willfully deciding to use substances instead of prioritizing more valued things in life like relationships and productivity.
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Participation in team sports as a young person can significantly reduce the long-term likelihood of depression and anxiety for people with childhood trauma. Read the full article here.
Students from Gray-New Gloucester High School collaborated with the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office and Casco Bay CAN to visit local businesses and promote Project Sticker Shock, a national and state-wide program. The students volunteered to be a part of the project and bring awareness to the ramifications of purchasing alcohol for underage individuals by placing stickers on alcohol packs that include Maine laws about providing or purchasing alcohol for a minor. Volunteers wore t-shirts promoting their efforts and they presented participating businesses with a “thank you” recognition certificate for helping promote keeping youth safe and healthy. Project Sticker Shock was also implemented in surrounding communities served by Casco Bay CAN and is held twice a year, in the Spring during prom and graduation season and again in December during the holiday season.
Photo from left to right: Deputy Cole Chandler (School Resource Officer, CC Sheriff’s Office), Jenny Hall, Michelle Murley (School Social Worker) Jess Nimblett, Keegan Delaney, Emma Sinford, Gage Grindle, Morgan Stokes, Nick McCann, Joye Macrina, Connor Myatt, Renee Brichetto, Sabrina Fisher, Zoe Jewell, and Deputy Shaeffer (CCSO).