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: https://www.cascobaycan.org/covid-19-support/
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!
In collaboration with New England Prevention Technology Transfer Center, Casco Bay CAN hosted national speaker, Dr. Matt Bellace. Dr. Bellace focused his training on communicating effectively with teenagers about sensitive topics such as substance use and mental health during his Using Endorphins Wisely: The Science Behind Laughing, Meditating, Reducing Stress and Managing Your Emotions. He further provided insight into best-practice for empowering youth to find their “natural highs” such as theater, yoga, journaling, skiing, etc. in lieu of using alcohol or drugs.
The event was held outside in the tent at Pineland Farms and followed all CDC guidelines. Coalition members and others working in youth substance use prevention attended. We had 8 of our coalition members attend – a total of 22 attendees overall.