Stress Management Plan for Teens

Check out the Center for Parent and Teen Communication’s video series to help build a stress management plan for teens. Videos include:

1) Introduction to Stress Management Plan
2) Tackling Problems
3) Building Stronger Bodies
4) Managing Emotions
5) Making the World Better
6) Conclusion



Website With Resources From Birth to 19 Years Old!

We encourage you to check out Parenting Montana, which provides easy-to-use tools for children and teens of all ages, from birth to 19 years old! The website is well designed you can easily access various categories (listening, routines, tantrums, happiness, homework, back talk, stress, peer pressure, mixed messages about alcohol and more!) within each age listed.

Reopen Communication After Your Teen Shuts Down

Has Your Teen Shut Down?

Sometimes our well-meaning efforts to guide teens backfires, leading them to shut down or push back. It can be tough to get teens to open back up after they think we’ve messed up. There are behavioral adjustments parents can make to get conversations flowing once again. Your tweens and teens will appreciate your efforts and return to you for the guidance they need (and crave!) even if they don’t say it aloud.

Consider the common scenarios from The Center for Parent & Teen Communication here. If you’ve experienced any of them, you’re not alone.


Life of a Student Athlete: Tip of the Week

Tip: Never increase your exercise intensity or the amount of weight lifted by a factor of 10% every 2 weeks

Be smart to avoid injury when training for your sport. Gradual increases in exercise intensity and amount of weight lifted will provide the best results. Progression is the key to the success of your workout.

Casco Bay CAN Earns Nationwide Award

We are so excited to announce that the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) recognized Casco Bay CAN in October as one of the top ten case studies nationwide for successful strategies to reduce substance use in young people. Check out the press release from Cumberland County Government, Maine below and the link to the case study.
Government of Cumberland County, Maine
Contact: Travis Kennedy | 207-619-2663
Casco Bay CAN Earns Nationwide Recognition
Cumberland County sponsored program works to reduce underage drinking, drug use
NEW GLOUCESTER — Casco Bay CAN has earned national recognition for their work to reduce substance use in young people.
Casco Bay Create Awareness Now (CAN) is a Coalition of members representing all 12 Drug-Free Community sectors: businesses, media, schools, youth-serving organizations, law enforcement, parents, youth, religious and fraternal organizations, civic and volunteer groups, healthcare professionals, state and local government, and other organizations involved in reducing youth substance use. The coalition serves Cumberland, Falmouth, Freeport, Gray, New Gloucester, North Yarmouth, Yarmouth and Pownal.
Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America CADCA recognized Casco Bay CAN in October as one of the top ten case studies nationwide for successful strategies to reduce substance use in young people.
“Casco Bay CAN has become a leading resource for community organizations and agencies that look to us for guidance, training, and materials to support their youth substance use prevention efforts,” said Beth Blakeman-Pohl, Casco Bay CAN’s Program Director. “We work to educate and empower adults that influence youth, and they have consistently stepped up to participate. Our Coalition is so proud to receive this recognition.”
The Casco Bay CAN program engages parents, faith leaders, school staff and law enforcement to conduct programs ranging from education about the dangers of underage drinking and substance use, to peer-to-peer prevention messaging.
Casco Bay CAN also worked with local law enforcement to implement “Project Sticker Shock,” a point-of-sale campaign to bring awareness to state laws and penalties for providing alcohol to minors. In May and December each year, approximately 100 youth volunteers work in collaboration with all five local law enforcement agencies and nearly 20 local retailers to place bright orange awareness stickers on alcohol packs. The project is supported with ad campaigns and social media posts. Local restaurants participate by placing pizza box top stickers with the headline, “Because You Care About Teens, Don’t Provide the Means.” Youth volunteers wear “Project Sticker Shock” t-shirts and receive recognition for their efforts.
CADCA developed case studies from the most recent Drug-Free Communities (DFC) outcome data available. These case studies featured coalitions that documented reductions in youth substance use across all grade levels (middle and high school) and all substances (alcohol, tobacco, marijuana and prescription drugs). These coalitions went through a rigorous training on CADCA’s model of Community Change. They implemented a comprehensive strategy that encompassed CADCA’s 7 Strategies for Community Change. These are: providing information; building skills; providing support; enhancing access/reducing barriers; changing consequences (incentives/disincentives); changing physical design; and modifying and changing policies.
CADCA’s Public Policy Team interviewed coalition leaders to see what they had done across the seven strategies. “We chose the best-of-the-best coalitions for our case studies,” said Chris Doarn, Public Policy Manager for CADCA. “Members of Casco Bay CAN should feel a tremendous sense of honor and pride in their coalition’s selection as a case study. CADCA thanks them for their outstanding work.”
Casco Bay’s outcome data will be shared with members of Congress, both in Maine and in other states.
“While we are proud of the impact we have had in our communities over the past decade, there is still much more to do to empower youth to make healthy choices,” said Blakeman-Pohl. “Today’s youth face new circumstances that can lead to self-medicating, including increased stress and anxiety, which has been exacerbated by COVID-19. Over the next decade, we will build upon our strong network to increase our impact, build resiliency with youth and families, and address on-going and emerging challenges in order to continue our work reducing substance use by children and teens.”

Life of a Student Athlete: Tip of the Week

Tip: Be sure to cross train one or two days a week. Participate in another activity to avoid overuse injury and let your muscles repair

Rest can be just as important to fitness as working out. Your body gets stronger during the rest period as it rebuilds itself from exercising, giving your muscles time to heal and also reducing the risk of injury. You can practice alternating between hard and easy workouts, involving cross-training and valuing your personal time.

Lynn Lyons, LICSW writes, “School nurses, you save the day. I love working with you, training with you, depending on you to help with those worried kids that show up over and over. You have always been on the front lines of this, and I am so appreciative. In this episode, I talk about the powerful role that school nurses can play in helping our kids manage anxiety at school.” Listen to this episode and more here!

Physical Symptoms of Anxiety in kids and adults

Worried About a Friend?

Worried someone you know is using substances or might have a substance use disorder? Check out this infographic from SAMHSA about how to start a conversation. It isn’t always easy but these talking tips can help!

Life of a Student Athlete: Tip of the Week

Tip: The lungs are designed for breathing in oxygen, not substances delivered by a vaping device.

Lung damage occurs because the substance remains at the bottom of the lung. This impacts the total amount of oxygen your lungs can access, therefore impacting your athletic performance.

Thanks to Chief Kilbride from the Falmouth Police Department for this important message!