Summarizes lessons learned from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study about the prevalence, predictors and consequences of children’s exposure to: neighborhood violence, intimate partner violence (IPV), and harsh parenting.
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4. Preventing Behavioral Health Problems
Preventing Behavioral Health Problems (including substance use) is intended to address the prevention and reduction of risk factors associated with behavioral health problems, including substance use. This includes coordinating broader environmental strategies that address change not only at the individual, classroom, and school levels, but also at the family and community levels.
SS/HS aims to prevent behavioral health problems (including substance use) through prevention programs using evidenced-based practices and strategies for reducing risk factors that are associated with behavioral health problems, which can prevent substance use and other risky behaviors among children and adolescents. Examples of strategies may include a combination of school-wide approaches (Universal Prevention), programs/interventions that are targeted at youth who show signs of potential drug involvement (Selective Interventions), or programs/interventions that target youth already engaging in drug use (Indicated Interventions).
Addresses findings of the Adverse Childhood Experience’s (ACE) study (grantees are familiar with this study) and suggests that Americans are ready for new approaches to address early childhood trauma and stress. This TED talk calls for a movement to address such trauma.
Each of Wisconsin’s LEAs: Racine, Menominee and Beloit, convened a SS/HS Core Management Team (CMT) to collaboratively lead, plan, and implement local SS/HS strategies to address the needs of students, families, and community. Needs assessment data confirmed that substance use was a serious concern leading to the implementation of alcohol and other drug abuse (AODA) screenings, prevention, and intervention services to prevent behavioral health problems.
Pennsylvania has administered a statewide Student Assistance Program (SAP) across all the Commonwealth’s 500 school districts since 1985. SAP aims to develop and maintain mental health wellness and a safe and drug-free environment in schools and communities. It is designed to assist school personnel to identify misuse of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs, as well as mental health concerns that may pose a barrier to a student’s success. Additionally, SAP responds to such issues and concerns through collaborative prevention, intervention, and post-intervention services.
School professionals and students across all seventeen school districts in York County, Pennsylvania formed an active student-led Youth Mental Health Alliance (Alliance) that serves as a catalyst “to end the stigma of mental illness, and to ensure that mental-health resources are available to everyone who needs them”—especially the county's youth.
Provides newly emerging information from two longitudinal studies about the progression of dating violence in the period between adolescence and early adulthood. Following the research presentations, there will be a presentation on the practitioner perspective on how the research findings can be used to prevent the continuation of dating violence victimization.
Commemorates National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month by providing facts about teen dating violence and offering links to hotlines and other resources that can offer interested individuals more information on how to prevent teen dating violence in their communities.
Offers a 24 hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline that is available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. By dialing 1-800-273-TALK(8255), the call is routed to the nearest crisis center in our national network of more than 150 crisis centers. The Lifeline’s national network of local crisis centers provide crisis counseling and mental health referrals day and night.
Invites communities to host a town hall meeting on addressing underage and high-risk drinking as part of the 2016 national Town Hall Meeting initiative. The website offers tips and resources, videos, and an interactive map showing different communities that are hosting events across the country.
Provides free resources for schools and youth serving organizations that offer information about alcohol and drug abuse and safety. The resources are speicfically designed to help organizations and schools host a drug and alcohol facts week, however these resources are can be used year round as well.
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