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Teen Depression: Difficult Topic, Necessary Conversations
By Elizabeth S. Leaver, Acton Patch. This article summarizes the 10th annual forum, sponsored by CAFY and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Central Middlesex, and co-sponsored by the Acton-Boxborough Coalition for Healthy Youth (ABCHY).
Grandparents Hold A Key To Keeping Teens Drug Free.
While parents are generally recognized as the most important and long-lasting influence on children, grandparents have a close and special bond and often serve as an inspiration to their grandkids. The unique relationship between grandparent and grandchild provides an ideal opening for a discussion about the dangers of drugs and alcohol.
StopAlcoholAbuse.Gov is a comprehensive portal of Federal resources for information on underage drinking and ideas for combating this issue.
Distraction.Gov is a U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) website with information on Distracted Driving. Distracted driving is any non-driving activity a person engages in while operating a motor vehicle. Such activities have the potential to distract the person from the primary task of driving and increase the risk of crashing.
Bullying and Cyber Bullying
Cyberbulling identifies the causes and consequences of online harassment.
Red Flags and Resources is a prevention guide for parents, teens and other adult care givers, published by CAFY, WASA (Westford Against Substance Abuse), and other local town coalitions. If you have any questions regarding the guide, please contact Tina Grosowsky, CAFY Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sue Blaney's Secrets to Success in Parenting Your Teen e-Book
Sue Blaney's Parenting Teenagers: The Agony & the Ectasy
Sweet Talk Tools for Families
Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS)
What is the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS)?
Thank you for contributing to our survey.
This guide defines the problem, discusses alcohol use in adolescents, talks about prevention and reduction of alcohol use, and provides a vision for the future.
US Department of Health and Human Services SAMHSA's Office of Applied Studies (OAS) provides the latest national data on 1) alcohol, tobacco, marijuana and other drug abuse, 2) drug-related emergency department episodes and medical examiner cases, and 3) the nation's substance abuse treatment system.
When substance abuse treatment is recommended, parents can obtain the information they need by asking these questions from professionals.
From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Alcohol and Public Health, come statistics on underage drinking. In addition to stats, this site includes prevention, consequences, and references.
Westford Against Substance Abuse (WASA) maintains a Website with many substance abuse links. The goal of their organization is to educate all members of the Westford community about substance abuse.
Depression/Mental Health Issues
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Website is the lead Federal agency for research on mental and behavioral disorders including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, autism, and other mental disorders. These are serious, often life-threatening illnesses for which we need reliable diagnostic tests, new treatments, and effective strategies for prevention.
The National Mental Health Association (NMHA) MHIC Factsheet: Adolescent Depression-Helping Depressed Teens includes Children's Mental Health Matters, Juvenile Justice matters, and Fact Sheets on topics ranging from depression to eating disorders to family health.
A Family Guide: What Families Should KNow about Adolescent Depression and Treatment Options. From this site, you can download the PDF file, about 13 pages, written by Dr. Ken Duckworth, NAMI medical director, a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist. It includes symptoms, causes, different kinds of therapies, medications and the black box warning, suicidality, monitoring during treatment, the risks of no treatment, how adolescent depression is different from adult depression, role of family history in decisions about treatment, and how a parent can be an effective advocate for the child.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is dedicated to building resilience and facilitating recovery for people with or at risk for mental or substance use disorders.
Suicide Warning Signs from SAMHSA alerts you to Know the Warning Signs, Prevent Suicide in Young People.
Massachusetts General Hospital School Psychiatry Program & Mood & Anxiety Institute Resources Center includes Child/Adolescent Mental Health Information and answers 1) What is the disorder? 2)What does the disorder look like in children and adolescents at home, at school, and at the doctor's office? 3) How is the disorder treated (counseling, medications, and interventions at home and at school)?
What Does Depression Look Like in Children and Adolescents? What to look for at home and at school and how to intervene at home and school from the Massachusetts General Hospital School Psychiatry Program & Mood & Anxiety Institute Resources Center.
TeensHealth site includes Children's Health Media, TeensHealth and KidsHealth. This source provides teens and families with accurate, up-to-date, and jargon-free health information they can use. KidsHealth has been on the Web since 1995 and is the largest and most visited site on the Web providing doctor-approved health information about children from before birth through adolescence.
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) is the leading national professional medical association dedicated to treating and improving the quality of life for children, adolescents, and families affected by these disorders.
Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention is a an alliance of suicide prevention advocates including public and private agency representatives, policy makers, suicide survivors, mental health and public health consumers and providers and concerned citizens committed to working together to reduce the incidence of self-harm and suicide in the Commonwealth.
Family Service from Samaritans is a non-profit social service agency. Family Service believes that every person's emotional health and well being is most influenced by the group of people that they call "family." To achieve our mission and strengthen families, we provide a broad range of treatment and prevention programs that meet the unique needs of each member of a family.
Needham's Coalition for Suicide Prevention was established as a community response to the deaths by suicide of four young people over an eighteen-month period. Needham's Coalition believes that suicide is preventable if we work together.
The Depressed Child and Teen Suicide from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. AACAP has developed Facts for Families to provide concise and up-to-date information on issues that affect children, teenagers, and their families. The AACAP provides this important information as a public service and the Facts for Families may be duplicated and distributed free of charge as long as the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry is properly credited and no profit is gained from their use. Facts for Families in English and Spanish are available in English, Spanish, Deutsch, Malaysian, Polish, Icelandic, Arabic, Urdu and Hebrew.
SANS: A Charitable Organization Dedicated to Preventing Suicide. According to a 2000 National Vital Statistics report, every 43 seconds somebody attempts suicide. Every 18 minutes somebody dies by suicide. Deaths from suicide are preventable. Recognizing the subtle danger signs from a friend or family member is important, and taking immediate and appropriate action is key. But few people know the signs, what to do about it, or where to find help. See a New Sun (SANS) can help.
Wellness and Hotlines
This site provides promotes student well-being and connects concerned adults with resources to support students. Explore the book lists, Website links, and the events on various wellness topics.
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