Members of the community express their thanks to Casco Bay region teens, who are doing their part to keep their community safe and healthy. These times have been particularly difficult for kids as they haven’t been able to attend school, participate in events with their friends, or explore their world in new and exciting ways – all of the things that teens love. Casco Bay CAN Coalition members recognize how strong/resilient youth are and we thank them!
Wishing everyone a safe and healthy 2021!
Thank you to Dr. John Duffy who helped us host a virtual community forum held on September 24th. The author of “Parenting the New Teen in the Age of Anxiety” highlighted tips from his book and provided support for talking with teens during COVID-19 about their concerns and stress. No video is available for this session, so take a listen!
From the Child Mind Institute, MSNBC anchor Stephanie Ruhle hosts a discussion between Dr. Harold Koplewicz and Social Worker Kathryn Lige.
Monday, August 10, 2020 at 4:30pm
The panelists outline the adolescent brain’s propensity for risk-taking and impulsivity and how those behaviors converge with the coronavirus, social isolation, and the gradual reopening of society, and how parents can empathize with their children while promoting safety.
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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/
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!
These Questions Can Help You Connect (Even When You’re Apart)! Great questions from The Greater Good Science Center to help youth stay in touch during COVID-19.
Obviously, for tweens and teens in crisis, there’s no substitute for face-to-face intervention and professional help. However, since phones are tools most teens use, they can offer timely resources and help for those who need it. Aside from general health apps, these tools focus specifically on coping with anxiety, depression, and specific difficult circumstances via meditation, connection, and other techniques.
View the list of apps by age here!
The COVID-19 outbreak may be stressful for many of us, especially for our youth! Learn more about helpful mental health apps here.
Community Members Develop Video to Thank Local Teens for Their Sacrifices During COVID-19
NEW GLOUCESTER, MAINE (April 30, 2020) – Members of the community, from school counselors to the Cumberland County Sheriff, developed a video to thank Casco Bay region teens for their personal sacrifices during the pandemic to help keep their community safe and healthy.
This spring, teens have foregone sports, prom, graduation and college campus tours, as well as their vital connections with friends, teachers, coaches and counselors. The youth prevention coalition, Casco Bay CAN, reached out to their coalition members to send video messages acknowledging the sacrifices teens are making during this time and developed a three-minute video montage that will be shared across social media platforms and within school newsletters.
“We know that when young people feel isolated and disconnected some feelings of depression and anxiety can overwhelm them and this can lead to substance use as a way to self-medicate,” explains Phyllis Latham, chairperson of Casco Bay CAN and school counselor at RSU 5 Middle School. “We hope to help them feel their community cares and that Casco Bay CAN is a resource to help them during this time. We wanted to let them know they are our heroes through this pandemic and that we are in this with them as a support.”
Community members featured in the video include:
YouTube video featuring community members thanking Casco Bay region teens can be found here: https://youtu.be/26QBWrnv2_s
In addition to developing the video to support and thank teens, Casco Bay CAN has compiled a list of resources for families, counselors, educators and other community members to help address the additional stresses and changes youth are encountering during the COVID-19 crisis.
Here are a few ways you can help your teen through this difficult time. Work together to create a new normal and help your teen create a healthy and productive routine. Read the full article from healthychildren.org here