Ever wonder about the prevention framework and science behind coalition building and community prevention work? This publication from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration does a good job of providing an easy to read overview: CLICK HERE to read it. Much of our work at A Healthy Lynnfield is designed around this approach to comprehensive, sustainable, community prevention.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides a substantive list of Behavioral Health Risk and Protective Factors. Reducing risk factors and increasing protective factors is central to keeping Lynnfield youth healthy and substance free. CLICK HERE to view the list of Risk and Protective Factors.
The Community Tool Box has a full repertoire of information on building healthy communities.
Lynnfield cares about our future generation. A Healthy Lynnfield uses a Positive Youth Development (PYD) Framework as part of our community prevention approach. CLICK HERE for more information on PYD.
This document reviews what works in prevention: building early skills and social competence, peer-led programs, positive norms, meaningful consequences and more. It also reviews what is less effective: scare tactics, one time assemblies and events, testimony from people in recovery, mock car crashes, moralistic approaches and more.
Did you know in about 1 in every 5 adults will experience an anxiety disorder at some point in their life? And about 8% of children under 18 will experience symptoms of an Anxiety Disorder as well. Check out our episode on Anxiety Awareness with Psychology Professor and Mindfulness Educator Vasundhra Ganju.
Alcohol is the most widely misused substance among America's youth. Drinking by young people has big health and safety risks, check out our Community Conversation with Ryan Rivard from Riverside Community Care on Alcohol and Your Health.
October is Healthy Lung Month! We rarely think about breathing except when it's hard to do. Now more than ever it is important to educate ourselves and others of the importance of protecting our lungs. One way to protect our lungs is by not smoking or vaping, as we know vaping has reached epidemic levels in recent years.
Wrapping up Healthy Lung Month we talk about the harmful and mind altering effects of Marijuana. Tune in to learn more about Marijuana, information we feel you need to know and find useful information to talk to your teens about.
One of a parent’s worst nightmares is seeing their child become addicted to drugs or alcohol. Substance use disorders in teens leads to poor educational attainment, social and professional risks, physical harm and overdose. It’s critical that parents and guardians can recognize the symptoms of drug use, know where to turn to for help, and take action to get their child support.
With the goal in mind that “It takes a village to raise a child”, we would like to create the awareness that adults in the community play a very important role as part of a larger community support system for Lynnfield Youth. We will be discussing what it means to be a “Trusted Adult”. We’ll hear a little bit about the qualities and attributes of a trusted adult, some responsibilities and boundaries, and also the importance of supporting a child’s or a teen’s autonomy within their support systems.