Alcohol and Developing Teen Brain

This brief video provides information from FCD prevention specialists about the impact of alcohol use on a developing teen brain. We encourage you to share this link as a prevention conversation starter with the adolescents in your life.

Angst Free Virtual Screening & Panel Discussion

Join us Tuesday December 15th @ 6:30pm EST/ 3:30pm PST for a virtual screening and panel discussion for Angst.

This event is hosted by Casco Bay CAN, Choose To Be Healthy, City of Bangor Department of Public Health and Community Services, Healthy Acadia, Healthy Communities of the Capital Area, Project Alliance, River Valley Rising and Somerset Public Health.

Angst is a film-based education program designed to raise awareness around anxiety, with an emphasis on youth and families. The film includes interviews with kids, teens, experts, and parents. Our goal is to help people identify and understand the symptoms of anxiety and encourage them to reach out for help. We will be showing the film, which will promptly be followed by a panel discussion and include access to further resources and materials.

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Life of a Student Athlete: Tip of the Week

Tip of the Week: It is difficult to reach peak performance and learn new information if under the influence of marijuana. 

The effects of marijuana can remain in the body for up to several days and may negatively impact attention, motivation, memory and learning. It can also compromise judgment and affect many other skills necessary to be successful in sports.

Stress Management Plan for Teens

Check out the Center for Parent and Teen Communication’s video series to help build a stress management plan for teens. Videos include:

1) Introduction to Stress Management Plan
2) Tackling Problems
3) Building Stronger Bodies
4) Managing Emotions
5) Making the World Better
6) Conclusion



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.

Reopen Communication After Your Teen Shuts Down

Has Your Teen Shut Down?

Sometimes our well-meaning efforts to guide teens backfires, leading them to shut down or push back. It can be tough to get teens to open back up after they think we’ve messed up. There are behavioral adjustments parents can make to get conversations flowing once again. Your tweens and teens will appreciate your efforts and return to you for the guidance they need (and crave!) even if they don’t say it aloud.

Consider the common scenarios from The Center for Parent & Teen Communication here. If you’ve experienced any of them, you’re not alone.


Life of a Student Athlete: Tip of the Week

Tip: Be sure to cross train one or two days a week. Participate in another activity to avoid overuse injury and let your muscles repair

Rest can be just as important to fitness as working out. Your body gets stronger during the rest period as it rebuilds itself from exercising, giving your muscles time to heal and also reducing the risk of injury. You can practice alternating between hard and easy workouts, involving cross-training and valuing your personal time.

Lynn Lyons, LICSW writes, “School nurses, you save the day. I love working with you, training with you, depending on you to help with those worried kids that show up over and over. You have always been on the front lines of this, and I am so appreciative. In this episode, I talk about the powerful role that school nurses can play in helping our kids manage anxiety at school.” Listen to this episode and more here!

Physical Symptoms of Anxiety in kids and adults