Life of a Student Athlete: Tip of the Week

Tip: Managing stress does not have to include the use of alcohol or drugs. The best way to handle stress is through healthy habits.

Exercise, healthy eating, sleeping well and maintaining close relationships are important in stress management. These key actions can help reduce stress levels and improve your quality of life. Quick fixes like drugs or alcohol may temporarily mask stress but the long-term effects are unhealthy.

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.

Anonymous Tip Line

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ANONYMOUS TIP LINE

Hear about an underage party? Not sure what to do? Send an anonymous, encrypted tip using our tip line for underage drinking or illegal drug use. The law enforcement agencies serving the towns of Cumberland, Falmouth, Freeport, Gray, New Gloucester, North Yarmouth, Pownal and Yarmouth are proud to work hand in hand with the community to address underage drinking or illegal drug use.

How to Send Anonymous Tip:

  • Online- submit your encrypted and anonymous tip here
  • Text Message- text your encrypted and anonymous tip with the keyword UCANTIP to 847411

Talk Early, Talk Often and Keep Talking

TALK EARLY, TALK OFTEN…KEEP TALKING!
 
It’s not too early to talk with your child to prevent youth substance use.
 
When to Talk
– In a car, you have a captive audience to provide short bits of information.
– When watching TV, address any illegal drug or alcohol use shown.
– During mealtimes, take time to speak with your child – research shows that children who have dinner with their families are less likely to drink alcohol or use illegal drugs.
 
What to say
Preschool: “Vitamins are to keep us healthy, but only take what I give you.”
Elementary School: “You should only take medicines that your doctor chooses for you – it’s dangerous to take someone else’s medicine and it could make you sick.”
Middle School: “Alcohol and drugs can damage your brain and may stop you from being your best in school and in sports.”
 
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Tips for Transition to College

Are your children preparing for college in the fall? Learn how to help them during this transition time!

Help Youth Connect During COVID-19

These Questions Can Help You Connect (Even When You’re Apart)! Great questions from The Greater Good Science Center to help youth stay in touch during COVID-19.