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.

Life of a Student Athlete: Tip of the Week

Tip: Athletes who sleep at least 8 hours per night are 68% less likely to sustain an injury compared to those who get less sleep.

Lack of sleep impacts reaction times and performance and causes fatigue. Aim to sleep at least 8 hours per night to maximize muscle growth, repair and recovery. This will also help improve cognitive skills and concentration. All of these factors together can contribute to a lower rate of athletic injuries.

Steps to Manage Stress

Stress Management: Learn to Identify What Causes Stress

– Stress is not all bad
– Have a mindset of resilience
– Save energy
– Avoid catastrophic thinking
– Parents as role models
– Three questions to put things into perspective
– The power of yet: a word that shows change is possible

Learn more about these tips in the article from Center for Parent and Teen Communication here!

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

Talk Early, Talk Often and 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.”
Check out additional resources here:

Youth, Vaping and COVID-19

The Drug Free America Foundation reports, “While youth are presumably at a lower risk of contracting COVID-19 and experiencing complications from the virus, these findings suggest that this presumption is not true among youth and young adults who vape. These findings are especially concerning as youth return to school, as sharing vaping devices is a common practice. Because the virus can be transmitted through touching the hands to the mouth and face, vaping could contribute to youth falling ill or spreading COVID-19.”

To view a resource related to vaping and COVID-19, visit:…/2…/05/Vaping-Smoking-and-COVID-19.pdf

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COVID-19 Resources

As we all deal with implications of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to remember the additional stress it places on our youth. We have compiled and are sharing a list of resources for families, counselors, educators, and other community members, to help address the additional pressures, stresses, and changes our youth are encountering during this challenging time.

Research shows that youth turn to substances for a number of reasons — stress, loneliness, and periods of transitions are some of the leading causes that can trigger unhealthy choices. We know you are concerned about keeping children safe and healthy, we will continue to add to these tools and resources, so please check back often.

View our helpful resources here:

Vaping Among Teens

Vaping devices are popular among teens and are now the most commonly used form of nicotine among youth in the U.S. Some research shows that many teens do not even realize that vaping cartridges contain nicotine, and assume the pods contain only flavoring. Learn more here!

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Co-Parenting in a Pandemic

Lynn Lyons, Psychotherapist, Anxiety and Children most recent podcast episode highlights tips for co-parenting in a pandemic. Children feel our stress, so let’s help and support our kids the best way we can!

Co-Parenting In A Pandemic: How to Find a Better Balance