Preparing for College Emotionally, Not Just Academically

This week we are going to share resources and advice from Child Mind Institute to help families support soon-to-be college students.
The first shares how problem-solving skills can help students keep from being overwhelmed. Topics include:
– College mental health skills
– Don’t try to “fix” every problem
– Practice mindfulness with your teen
– Help your child establish good self-care
– Work on planning and “coping ahead”
– Develop strategies for self-soothing
Hear how you can communicate, respond and help your teen below!

Preparing for College Emotionally, Not Just Academically


New Video! Communities Talk

Check out Casco Bay CAN’s new 1-minute video, “Communities Talk” featuring Freeport Middle School students and Coalition members. Learn how you can support youth to make healthy decisions about underage drinking prevention.

A Conversation About Underage Drinking & Substance Use Prevention on College Campuses


Mark your calendars! On Wed., July 14, SAMHSA will be hosting a #CommunitiesTalk Twitter chat with @DEAHQ’s Campus Drug Prevention initiative! Follow #CommunitiesTalk as we discuss #UnderageDrinking & substance misuse prevention on college campuses. #DEAcampus

Parents and Caregivers are the Single Most Powerful Influence in a Child’s Life

“Youth who learn the risks of drugs and alcohol from their parents are up to 50% less likely to use.”

– Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

Parents are the single most powerful influence in a child’s life. By starting the conversation early with your child, and continuing the conversation through the teen years, you can help prevent alcohol and drug use.

Casco Bay CAN provides parents with the latest data, talking points, tips, training, and other free resources to help prevent alcohol and drug use. We also facilitate group meetings, including Table Talks, so parents can share information and support one another in their efforts to raise healthy children, free of drugs and alcohol.

Remember, you are not alone. MOST parents don’t approve of underage drinking and drug use.

Learn more by visiting our website here

What to Do (and Not Do) When Children Are Anxious

Child Mind Institute’s What to Do (and Not Do) When Children Are Anxious
1. The goal isn’t to eliminate anxiety, but to help a child manage it
2. Don’t avoid things just because they make a child anxious
3. Express positive- but realistic- expectations
4. Respect their feelings, but don’t empower them
5. Don’t ask leading questions
6. Don’t reinforce the child’s fears

Learn more below!

What to Do (and Not Do) When Children Are Anxious




Talk. They Hear You.

From SAMHSA‘s Talk. They Hear You. Campaign, “Did you know that June is National Men’s Health Month? Not only that, but June 14-20 is Men’s Health Week and Father’s Day is on June 20, 2021! Show the young men in your community that you care about their health by encouraging parents and caregivers to talk with their kids about underage drinking and other drug use this month.

Check out resources from SAMHSA to help parents and caregivers get informed, be prepared, and take action by having conversations with their children about the risks of underage drinking and other substance use.”

Medication Misuse: What You Need to Know to Help Protect Children, Teens and Young Adults

You just received a prescription for your teenager. We encourage you to ask questions of your doctor. That’s how you can become fully aware of the risks of these medications and minimize the chances that your child will misuse them.
Learn more from about what you need to know to help protect children, teens and young adults from the Partnership to End Addiction below!
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Free Parenting Webinar: 6/22 at 12 Noon

Free Parenting Webinar from STEPS Proactive Parenting: Sign Up Below! Proven and practical resources to help parents protect their kids against substance abuse. Program topics include:

– Preparation for the teenage years
– Awareness of the issues parents face
– Connection to exciting new resources
– Education on preventing addiction
– Steps to take to make a difference