ACES and Health

What are ACES (Adverse Childhood Experiences) and how do they impact health?

ACES Primer from KPJR FILMS LLC on Vimeo.

Life of a Student Athlete: Tip of the Week

Tip: Nicotine in one vaping pod is equivalent to the nicotine in one pack of cigarettes

Vaping marijuana or nicotine can cause respiratory problems and decrease aerobic capacity- it reduces athletic ability by interfering with lung function. It also causes shortness of breath 3 times more often than nonsmokers- nicotine narrows blood vessels and makes your heart work harder than it should.

Understanding Why Kids Use Drugs and Alcohol

Today’s teens are growing up in an environment with pressures, stress and priorities vastly different from when we were their age. If you’re concerned that your son or daughter might be using drugs or alcohol — or if you know they are — it’s important that we, as parents, consider why. Some teens turn to drugs and alcohol for a variety of reasons, like fitting in, socializing, experiencing life transitions or dealing with emotional and psychological pain. Here’s why it’s important for you to recognize why kids might be drawn to substances and what you can do about it.

Read what parents can do and helpful conversation tips fro The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, here.

Why Teens Use Drugs and Alcohol

5 Simple Ways to Build Resilience and Well-Being in Children

Here are 5 ways from Hey Sigmund for building well-being, all of them will be more powerful when done with your child, becoming habits you do together, and integrating them into your everyday lives:

  1. Be Yourself
  2. Be Grateful
  3. Be Mindful
  4. Be Kind
  5. Nurture a Growth Mindset

To read the full article, please click here.




Angst Film Addressing Youth Anxiety 3/26 @ 7pm

Angst- Raising Awareness Around Anxiety

Monday, March 26, 7:00 pm in the FPAC

Following the film will be a panel with Dr. Bernie Hershbe, head of Bowdoin’s Counseling Services, Bowdoin students, Lorien Whitten, MA,  LCPC Counselor, Linda Tiffany, Day One Substance Abuse Counselor, Phyllis Latham, FMS Guidance Counselor

“Angst is a touching and honest look at how anxiety impacts teens and their families. The message of the film, spoken loudly and clearly by teens, parents, and experts, normalizes the struggle and offers hope with its focus on the value of connection, openness, and family support. Why is anxiety the most common of mental health issues among our youth? This film asks us to look directly at our stress-filled culture and what we must do to better support our young people.”

Lynn Lyons, LICSW

“The conversation surrounding mental health really hits home for me. Many people don’t understand how debilitating mental illness truly can be, and even more than that, how common it is, yet people are afraid to have the serious discussions about it. I welcomed the opportunity to be a part of Angst to further the dialogue around mental health and to help people understand the impact anxiety has on our mental state and encourage people, especially kids, to ask for help.”

Michael Phelps, Olympic gold swimmer  

This event is free and open to the public thanks to our generous sponsorship from local businesses and community members.

Importance of Adult Mentors

A recent study published in the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing highlighted high school students desire for adult mentors over peer mentors which supports the importance of the adult connection in supporting teens emotional-well being, and is a reminder to all adults to reach out to youth.

Link to full article

Sympathy vs Empathy

Sometimes it’s more helpful not to fix the problem but just to lend an empathetic ear…

Gray and New Gloucester- Senior Prescription Drug Safety

Gray and New Gloucester Senior Citizens please join us and Sheriff Joyce from the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office to learn more about prescription drug safety! This event will be on Wednesday, April 4th at 10am at the Town of Gray‘s town hall.

Do this twice a year to help your kids avoid opioid addiction

Participate in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 28 from 10a-2p and here’s why! Do this twice a year to help your kids avoid opioid addiction: