Freeport Middle School is celebrating The Yellow Tulip Project: https://theyellowtulipproject.org/
When teenagers are struggling with emotional problems, they often turn to alcohol or drug use to help them manage painful or difficult feelings. In this they are not different from adults. But because adolescent brains are still developing, the results of teenage “self-medication” can be more immediately problematic.
In the short term, substance use can help alleviate unwanted mental health symptoms like hopelessness, anxiety, irritability and negative thoughts. But in the longer term it exacerbates them, and often ends in abuse or dependence. Substance use escalates from experimentation to a serious disorder much faster in adolescents than it does in adults, and that progression is more likely to happen in kids with mental health disorders than in other kids.”
Article in its entirety – https://childmind.org/…/mental-health-disorders-and-substa…/
Thank you to Freeport Middle School students, Phyllis Latham, Freeport Middle School Guidance Counselor, RSU 5 School Resource Officer Mike McManus, the Freeport Maine Police Department and our local businesses- Sam’s Italians Sam’s Italian Sandwich Shoppes and Bow Street Market in Freeport for a successful Project Sticker Shock.
Freeport Middle School participated in The Red Ribbon Campaign with the theme, “Life is Your Journey. Travel Drug Free.” Phyllis Latham, Mike McManus from the Freeport Maine Police Department and FMS coordinated a number of activities including showing prevention education videos during advisory, Freeport High School (Maine) students speaking to middle school students, student created infomercials and an aerial photo (thank you David Clock! and Freeport Fire Rescue) of all students dressed in red shirts standing in the shape of a Red Ribbon out on the ball field.
Shown above from left to right: Aaron Stevens Grade 7, Ben Pushard Grade 6 and Andrew Miller Grade 6.
Freeport Middle School students participate in Red Ribbon activities. Red Ribbon is an alcohol, tobacco, and other drug and violence prevention awareness campaign. Phyllis Latham, School Counselor, coordinates activities around Red Ribbon Week every year.