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.
 

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 of the Week: Alcohol suppresses training hormones for up to 4 days. You may show up to practice but there will be little improvement or gains.

Many athletes tend to underestimate the way in which alcohol use, even a few drinks, can nullify your hard work by erasing the effects of your workouts, reducing your endurance and compromising your mental game. Alcohol affects your ability to learn new plays and strategies; it decreases your aptitude for muscle development and recovery and negatively impacts your nutrition and endurance.

SAMHSA encourages parents to talk with their college-bound young adults about alcohol use. If you are a parent, a high school or college administrator, or an organization serving parents and teens, please download these free materials and share them with other caring adults.

 

Facing Stigma: Creating Solutions

Facing Stigma: Creating Solutions
Sunday, October 25, 2020
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
The Episcopal Church of Saint Mary, Falmouth, ME
An overview of Stigma and Small Group Discussions led and facilitated by Suzanne Fox, Executive Director, The Yellow Tulip Project. Learn more here.

Dr. John Duffy Hosts Virtual Forum

Thank you to Dr. John Duffy who helped us host a virtual community forum held on September 24th. The author of “Parenting the New Teen in the Age of Anxiety” highlighted tips from his book and provided support for talking with teens during COVID-19 about their concerns and stress. No video is available for this session, so take a listen!

 

 

 

 

The Moment the Bell Rings

“If I had known then what I know now.”
That was the driving thought behind the original publication of The Moment the Bell Rings – a collection of personal stories and advice collected from high school students throughout the Casco Bay region.
Ninth grade is a year of so many first experiences. Some are positive, but others – like encountering substance use – are not. It can be hard to know what is the right thing to do in some situations. Thankfully, having some firsthand advice can make a huge difference.
Here you’ll hear personal stories shared by nineteen student writers. These are moments of real loss, frustration, personal connection, exhilaration, and encouragement. It’s here for you, and it’s what happens the moment the bell rings.

Talk. They Hear You.

Keeping kids safe from underage use of alcohol and misuse of prescription pain medications is a concern for parents. Parents and children are encouraged to communicate with each other early on and frequently in this public service announcement from SAMHSA’s “Talk. They Hear You.”

September is National Recovery Month

September is National Recovery Month. National Recovery Month – now in its 31st year – recognizes the millions of Americans in treatment for substance misuse, as well as recovery service providers. It also encourages those struggling with substance misuse to seek professional help. This year, Faces & Voices of Recovery, a non-profit group dedicated to supporting people recovering from drug addiction and their families, is hosting the observance.

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The theme for 2020’s Recovery Month is Join the Voices for Recovery: Celebrating Connections.
Don’t miss SAMHSA’s Recovery Month webinar series!
Learn more here