The Center for Healthy Minds developed these slides that describe why the brain changes throughout life, but specifically outline the sensitive periods of development when the brain is more pliable including around puberty.
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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Tip: Celebrate safely during the end of the sports season
Make healthy choices and stay alcohol and drug-free to celebrate the end of your sports season. Plan a dinner out with friends and family, host a game or movie night or take an overnight trip to somewhere new. Take time to reflect on the season and prepare for your next sport or enjoy the off-season.
The spring is a time for celebration with prom and graduation! In this new video, hear from local community members such as parents, coaches, principals and law enforcement about tips to help your teen celebrate safely.