It’s Okay If You Don’t Know Your Purpose

Want to bring relief to a stressed out teen? Let them know that it’s fine to not know their purpose in life. Teens become overwhelmed when they think they have to have everything figured out from the start, such as knowing their college major while they’re still in high school or their career plans on the first day of college. Slow down. Instead of rushing teens along, support and guide them as they figure out their next steps. Let them know their key strengths so they can use them as they plan and give them space to explore.

Read more from the Center for Parent & Teen Communication here.

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.

 

What are Synthetic Cannabinoids?

What are synthetic cannabinoids? Have you ever heard your child refer to K2 or Spice? This video was created to share with younger students to exhibit the impact of synthetic cannabinoids.

National Substance Abuse Prevention Month: Teen Vaping Data

October is National Substance Abuse Prevention Month. Learn more about youth vaping trends and why they say they choose to use. Data is from the The National Institute on Drug Abuse – NIDA.

Life of a Student Athlete: Tip of the Week

Tip: Choose not to use marijuana as it impacts your health, safety and potential for academic and athletic success.

THC (the chemical in marijuana) builds up in the brain and affects the skill recall area of the brain and delays reaction time. Marijuana compromises judgment and affects many other skills necessary to be a proficient athlete. These skills include alertness, concentration, coordination and reaction time.

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.

Helping Teens with Resilience

Resilience is about bouncing back from challenges and recovering from setbacks. Although we’d like to protect our children from what might hurt them, we don’t always have that option. The best we can do is prepare them to handle life even when it gets tough. How to help your teens with resilience, learn more in the article from the Center for Parent and Teen Communication in the article below!
– Actions and Words Work Together
– Words Express How We Think
– What to Say (and Avoid) to Build Teen Resilience

Click here to read the full article.

Life of a Student Athlete: Tip of the Week

Tip of the Week: Nicotine in one vaping pod is equivalent to the nicotine in one pack of cigarettes

Vaping marijuana or nicotine can cause respiratory problems and decrease aerobic capacity- it reduces athletic ability by interfering with lung function. It also causes shortness of breath 3 times more often than nonsmokers- nicotine narrows blood vessels and makes your heart work harder than it should.