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INSURANCE PROGRAMS THAT HELP TEEN DRIVERS

By Ashley Chorpenning & Jason Metz, Forbes, November 2020

“A quarter of teen drivers surveyed between 2014 and 2017 reported being involved in one or more car accidents, according to the most recent National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Young Driver Survey. The survey also found that these accidents resulted from bad judgements  such as driving late at night, reading text messages while driving, speeding and drinking alcohol.”

“While the only way for a young driver to gain experience on the road is to keep driving, some auto insurance companies have developed programs to help teens curb bad driving behaviors and improve driving skills.”

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AN ANGEL ON THE SHOULDER OF YOUR TEENAGE DRIVER (OR AT LEAST A SNITCH)

By Paul Stenquist, The New York Times, November 2020

“Technological advances have made cars safer in many ways. There are systems that brake if a collision is imminent; warn the driver and take control if the car leaves the lane, and issue alerts when pedestrians are about to step into the road. To those, add systems that will warn parents if their teenager is misbehaving behind the wheel.”

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UNDERAGE DRINKING

By National Institute on Alcohol Abuse & Alcoholism (NIAAA)

“Alcohol is the most widely used substance of abuse among America’s youth, and drinking by young people poses enormous health and safety risks.”

“Research shows that young people’s brains keep developing well into their 20s. Alcohol can alter this development, potentially affecting both brain structure and function. This may cause cognitive or learning problems and/or make the brain more prone to alcohol dependence. This is especially a risk when people start drinking young and drink heavily.”

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SCREENAGERS: LAUNCHING “CHAPTER CLUBS” FOR SCREEN SOLUTIONS

By Delaney Ruston, M.D., Screenagers, November 2020

“Picking one area around screen time that particularly impacts your circle of your kid’s friends/ parents is a way to open doors and get parents working together, rather than in silos. Perhaps your child is playing video games a lot these days, you could invite the other families with whom he is playing games to discuss the Video Game chapter.”

MEETING DATES:

  1. Social Media – Weds, December 2nd at 6 pm, PST
  2. Video Games – Weds, January 6th at 6 pm, PST
  3. Mental Health – Weds, February 3rd at 6 pm, PST

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TEENS SPENDING MORE TIME IN EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES AND LESS TIME IN FRONT OF SCREENS HAVE BETTER MENTAL HEALTH, STUDY FINDS

By Leah Asmelash, CNN, November 2020

“If you’re worried about your kids’ mental health, particularly because of the Covid-19 pandemic and social distancing mandates, less screen time and more extracurricular activities will help, says a new study.”

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YOUNG PEOPLE ARE EXPOSED TO MORE HATE ONLINE DURING COVID

By Joanne Orlando, The Conversation, November 2020

“People can be exposed to hate speech directly, or witness it between others. And one study, which analyzed millions of websites, popular teen chat sites and gaming sites, found children were exposed to much higher levels of online hate during the pandemic than before it.”

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MUST SEE MOVIE-THE SOCIAL DILEMMA

Docudrama by Netflix, Directed by Jeff Orlowski, 2020, PG-13

“The film explores the rise of social media and the damage it has caused to society, focusing on its exploitation of its users for financial gain through surveillance capitalism and data mining, how its design is meant to nurture an addiction, its use in politics, its effect on mental health (including the mental health of adolescents and rising teen suicide rates), and its role in spreading conspiracy theories. The film features interviews with many individuals who give first-hand experiences of working in and around the tech industry.” -Wikipedia

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FROM THE GROUND UP: SILE FOSTERS MAINSTAY WITH COHASSET’S YOUTH AMBASSADORS

By Quinn Kelly, Wicked Local Cohasset, November 2020

“The volunteerism that Sile has helped to inspire looks to be something that will extend past the now senior’s time at Cohasset High. Sile has constructed a program that is built to last, and knows she’s ready to pass the torch to another motivated student after her graduation this spring.”

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COHASSET: SAFE HARBOR COALITION HOSTS SOCIAL MEDIA FORUM

By WATD 95.9 News & Talk Radio, South Shore Massachusetts, November 2020

“Program Director Nicole Balaschi says 16% of students at the high school reported that social media was a significant form of stress. Guest speakers Katie Tyler and Brittany Badgett from Health Imperatives spoke about the importance talking to children about social media.”

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COHASSET ANNOUNCES PUMPKIN DECORATING CONTEST WINNERS

By Quinn Kelly, Wicked Local Cohasset, October 2020

“Over the last two weeks, 173 pumpkins were on display throughout the Village after a week-long decorating period. The pumpkins, provided by Safe Harbor from the Boy Scout’s ASP Pumpkin Patch, were handed out in mid-October for free to registered residents.”

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IT’S HARD TO BE A QUARANTEEN

By Jessica Grose, New York Times Parenting, October 2020

“Generation Z is not a monolith — it’s made up of millions of individuals with very different backgrounds, personalities and life circumstances. Which explains why a handful of new studies have shown that the pandemic has been a mixed bag for teenagers, and that teens who are worried about their basic needs being met are more depressed than those who have more stable financial circumstances.”

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TRICK OR TREATING AND OTHER HALLOWEEN ACTIVITIES

By Center for Disease Control & Prevention(CDC), October 2020

“Traditional Halloween activities are fun, but some can increase the risk of getting or spreading COVID-19 or influenza. Plan alternate ways to participate in Halloween.”

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MENTAL ILLNESS AND SUBSTANCE USE IN YOUNG ADULTS

By Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

“Entering adulthood can be an emotional time, but sometimes the ups and downs can mean something more.”

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AG HEALEY PLANS TO FIGHT $8 BILLION PURDUE PHARMA SETTLEMENT

By Tori Bedford, WGBH, October 2020

“Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey says she plans to fight an $8 billion settlement reached [October 21, 2020] between OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma and the federal government, after the company pleaded guilty in a criminal investigation to its role in the opioid epidemic.”

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AMERICANS OVER 30 ARE DRINKING 14% MORE DURING PANDEMIC, STUDY FINDS

By Reese Oxner, NPR, October 2020

“The study’s participants were aged 30 to 80, so the report does not offer insight on the pandemic drinking habits of younger adults. The study took a sample of 1,540 adults and compared their self-reported drinking habits this spring with a year prior.”

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IS SUBSTANCE USE A PART OF “NORMAL” TEEN BEHAVIOR?

By Partnership to End Addiction

“We immunize. We require seat belts in the car and helmets while biking. We insist on sunscreen. We do just about everything we can to ensure that our kids are healthy, safe and primed for success. But when it comes to drinking alcohol or even smoking marijuana, why does it seem so easy to shrug it off as “a rite of passage” or ‘just experimenting’?”

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YOUNG VOTER’S GUIDE TO SOCIAL MEDIA AND THE NEWS

By Jeff Knutson, Common Sense Media, October 2020

Whether you’re a parent, a caregiver, or an educator, we encourage you to use our research-backed content to help young voters navigate the digital landscape this election season.

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TOWN OF COHASSET LAUNCHES COHASSET VIRTUAL YOUTH CENTER (CVYC)

Update by Safe Harbor, October 2020

The Town of Cohasset has launched the Cohasset Virtual Youth Center (CVYC), to serve as a central location for all youth-geared programming and events that are occurring via Cohasset Rec, Paul Pratt Memorial Library, Cohasset Elder Affairs, and Safe Harbor.

The CVYC can be accessed by clicking on the CVYC Logo, located on the bottom right side of the Town of Cohasset’s Home page.

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CLIMATE ANXIETY AND MENTAL ILLNESS

By Brian Barnett and Amit Anand, Scientific American, October 2020

“As younger people embrace with growing certainty the likelihood they could be inheriting a dying planet, many are so concerned they’re considering not having children in order to reduce their carbon footprint. Their worries are especially alarming in light of growing suicide rates among adolescents and young adults, with a tripling of the rate among people aged 10–14 during 2007–2017.” 

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BUILDING CONNECTIONS WITH YOUR KIDS CAN PREVENT SUBSTANCE USE, ADDICTION

By Chris Herren and Creighton Drury, The Worcester Telegram, October 2020

“Every year, Chris Herren draws upon his personal journey to recovery to talk with thousands of young people about substance use, emotional health and wellness; at the same time, the organization Creighton Drury leads – Partnership to End Addiction – engages with parents from all over the country through its helpline, to address their very real concerns about their children’s substance use. As the school year commences, Chris and Creighton are calling upon parents and students to stay connected and keep talking.”

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HOW TO FIND MENTAL HEALTH CARE IN BOSTON

Guide by Boston Magazine

“We’re all suffering from some level of stress, says psychologist Jonathan Jenkins, of Brookline-based Mental Fitness & Psychotherapy, but if you’re losing excitement for things that once gave you pleasure, or your social connections are no longer providing the relief you need, you may be having trouble coping. Jenkins also suggests considering your eating and exercising habits. Are you doing more or less of either? If so, you may benefit from working with a professional to develop new strategies for dealing with today’s stressors.”

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A SKILLBUILDING COURSE ADDRESSING TEEN SUBSTANCE USE

Self Paced Course By Partnership To End Addiction

This course will teach you how to:

  • Respond when your child pushes your buttons
  • Have a conversation rather than a confrontation
  • Encourage healthier behaviors
  • Set reasonable limits
  • Use consequences effectively

This course is designed to be taken at your own pace. There are nine lessons in total and each can be completed in 10 to 15 minutes. You can start, pause or stop at any point along the way. After registering and answering a few initial questions, you can get started right away on changing things for the better.

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TOWN OF COHASSET’S PUMPKIN DECORATING CONTEST

Please Join Safe Harbor Cohasset for the Town of Cohasset’s Halloween Pumpkin Decorating Contest. Cohasset residents of all ages are welcome to join us for this free, fun, fall activity to celebrate the season. 

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THE PANDEMIC’S OUTSIZED EFFECT ON WOMEN’S MENTAL HEALTH AROUND THE WORLD

By Jeffrey Kluger, TIME, September 2020

“In a new study conducted by CARE, a non-profit international aid organization, investigators have found that while almost nobody is spared from the anxiety, worry and overall emotional fatigue of the coronavirus pandemic, women are almost three times as likely as men to report suffering from significant mental health consequences (27% compared to 10%), including anxiety, loss of appetite, inability to sleep and trouble completing everyday tasks.”

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HOW TO ASSESS YOUR COMMUNITY

2 Minute Video By Cohasset Youth Ambassadors

In July 2020, Cohasset Youth Ambassadors, Evelyn Dickey, Maeve Kearney, and Lisel Nee virtually attended CADCA’s (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America) Training Institute 19th Annual Mid-Year Training. CADCA is a nonprofit organization that is committed to creating safe, healthy and drug-free communities globally.

During this training, Youth Ambassadors attended training sessions and workshops lead by experts in the prevention field, coalitions from around the globe and federal agency partners. This 2 minute video, created by Evelyn, Maeve and Lisel, talks about community assessment and it’s importance in addressing underage substance use within communities.

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INSIDE BOSTON’S LOOMING MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS

By Rachel Slade, Boston Magazine, September 2020

“Depressed. Anxious. Stressed. We were all of these things even before the pandemic hit. Now, facing a long winter of isolation and uncertainty, Bostonians are increasingly finding themselves at their breaking point. A special report on the area’s looming mental health crisis—and how to find help if you need it.”

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YOUR ‘SURGE CAPACITY’ IS DEPLETED-IT’S WHY YOU FEEL AWFUL

By Tara Haelle, Medium, September 2020

“Surge capacity is a collection of adaptive systems — mental and physical — that humans draw on for short-term survival in acutely stressful situations, such as natural disasters.”

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PRESS RELEASE: FREE NARCAN TRAINING

By Safe Harbor Cohasset Coalition, September 2020

Cohasset, Mass. September 25, 2020 – On Monday, October 5th at 6:30pm, Safe Harbor Cohasset Coalition will be teaming up with Manet Community Health Center to provide a free Virtual Narcan Training, presented live via Zoom. Attendees will learn how to respond to a life-threatening opioid overdose, including how to administer the lifesaving drug Narcan, which is responsible for saving countless lives over the past several years.

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PREVENTING TEEN DRUG USE: ENCOURAGE HEALTHY RISK TAKING

By Partnership to End Addiction, September 2020

“Teenagers engage in risk-taking behaviors to find out who they are, not necessarily to be rebellious or intentionally disobey their parents. Most parents are terrified at the thought of their teenagers taking risks, but that’s because many parents think of teen risk-taking as binge drinking, using drugs, vaping or other potentially dangerous behaviors. But risk taking is not always a negative thing, and healthy risk taking can actually build confidence and help strengthen leadership skills among teens.”

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7 WAYS TO GET KIDS TO ACTUALLY PAY ATTENTION DURING REMOTE LEARNING

By Catherine Pearson, Huff Post, September 2020

“Here are seven ways to try to get all kids — but especially young learners — to pay attention during remote learning. Good luck to us all!”

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PRESS RELEASE: GROUND LEVEL CAFE IS BACK!

By Safe Harbor Cohasset Coalition, September 2020

Cohasset, Mass. September 17, 2020 – Ground Level Café (GLC) is back!! Over the past several years, GLC, has become a local hot-spot for young people, and is especially popular among young musicians. With an open-mic style format, Ground Level is unlike any place else in Cohasset. Please CLICK HERE to continue reading the official press release.

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NERVES ON EDGE IN YOUR HOME?

By Delaney Ruston, MD, Screenagers Tech Talk Tuesdays, September 2020

“Today I am sharing some ideas for parents to help decrease tension in the home. Focusing on what we can do – rather than what others are doing that annoys us – is key in bringing down our anxious feelings. And we all know that bringing down our own stress level works wonders in lowering stress in the entire home. “

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TEENAGE E-CIGARETTE USE FALLS WHILE FLAVORS REMAIN POPULAR

By Angelica La Vito, Bloomberg News, September 2020

“In 2020, 19.6% of high-school students and 4.7% of middle-school students said they vaped, according to the National Youth Tobacco Survey, which is co-sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration. Both figures are down from last year, when more than a quarter of high-school students and about 1 in 10 middle-school students reported using e-cigarettes.”

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CARON DIGITAL LEARNING PROGRAM VIDEO LIBRARY

By Caron Educational Department

Caron’s Prevention Specialists regularly add video clips with quick tips for parents and educators. Sample topics include:

  • Is your teen vaping? Know the signs
  • How to talk to your teen about marijuana
  • Modeling responsible alcohol use

Please CLICK HERE to visit their video library on YouTube.


COHASSET HOSTS INTERNATIONAL OVERDOSE AWARENESS DAY VIGIL

By Cohasset Mariner, September 2020

“International Overdose Awareness Day is held each year on Aug. 31. The day serves as a way to raise awareness about overdoses and reduce the stigma surrounding addiction and overdose related deaths. It is also meant to recognize the grief felt by family and friends whose loved ones have been lost to addiction or have been permanently injured as a result of an overdose.”

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COLLEGE STUDENTS BRACE FOR THE ‘SECOND CURVE’ OF COVID-19-ITS MENTAL HEALTH IMPACT

By Suzanne Ciechalski, Shamar Walters and Sarah Kaufman, NBC News, August 2020

“After five months of being home, Danielle Cahue was looking forward to returning to campus — that is, until she got there. When the 19-year-old sophomore arrived at Illinois State University, she saw her peers gathering in large groups without masks, disregarding the university’s COVID-19 guidelines.”

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FAMILY RESOURCES FOR REMOTE LEARNING

By Child Mind Institute, August 2020

“Clinicians from {Child Mind’s} Learning and Development Center have organized resources for parents who are suddenly responsible for the home school environment. These resources, broken down by age groups, include academic materials, worksheets, activities, videos, games, and more.”

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ONLINE CLASSES CAN HAVE AN IMPACT ON MENTAL HEALTH

By Ana Pietrewicz, The Massachusetts Daily Collegian, August 2020

“If there’s one thing college students nationwide can agree on, it’s that Zoom classes suck. Necessary as it may be in the age of COVID-19, staring at your screen for nine hours a day while your professor tries to explain the difference between judicial activism and judicial restraint is draining to say the least.”

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GATEWAY-THE MOVIE

By Backlot Productions-Run Time 40 minutes

“GATEWAY is a film about 3 families inadvertently impacted by opioid addiction that began with a prescription to manage pain after surgery. It provides an intimate look into the struggles that can be caused by legal opioid prescriptions when the dangers of these medications are not properly understood.”

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CVS HEALTH ENHANCES PRESCRIPTION DRUG SECURITY IN MASSACHUSETTS

By CVS Health, PR Newswire, August 2020

“As part of an ongoing commitment to helping build healthier and safer communities, CVS Health today announced the expansion of two initiatives aimed at reducing the potential for misuse and diversion of prescription medications in Massachusetts.”

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HOW PARENTS CAN SET THE STAGE FOR SUBSTANCE USE PREVENTION THIS SCHOOL YEAR

By Christine Storm, Director of Community Education, Caron, August, 2020

“When it comes to substance use, this is one area where you don’t want to let down your guard and get lax. Would you let your child play football without a helmet? Would you let them snowboard down a black diamond without a helmet? No, because you want to protect them from damaging their brain.”

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