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SCHOOL-BASED ONLINE PROGRAMS INSTRUCT PUPILS ABOUT GOOD MENTAL HEALTH

By Shekhar Saxena and Anisha Padukone, Scientific American, September 2021

“Roughly 50 percent of all mental health conditions begin before people are in their mid-teens even though most go undetected and untreated. Adding to this, suicide is one of the top causes of death in young adults. The unprecedented disruptions of the pandemic has aggravated such problems, especially for younger age groups. All of these factors mean there is no better time to support and strengthen mental health education among teenagers.”

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SUPPORTING ADOLESCENT MENTAL HEALTH DURING A PANDEMIC AND BACK TO SCHOOL

By Tracy R. G. Gladstone, National Alliance On Mental Illness, September 2021

“As our kids return to school this fall, it is important for parents, family members, teachers, guidance counselors and other school staff to be prepared to support them. This transition, though hopefully positive for many, is likely to present its own challenges.”

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UNDERSTANDING DEPRESSION: YOUNG ADULTS

Publication by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

This fact sheet offers young adults information on living with depression. It discusses causes of depression, and approaches to treatment.

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BACK TO SCHOOL MENTAL WELLNESS: TIPS FOR PARENTS/CAREGIVERS OF TEENS

By Allison T. Brill, MPH, , Mass Dept. of Public Health, August, 2021

“School is back in session, which can be a stressful time for teens and parents alike. The transition from a more relaxed summer schedule to a new school year, filled with new faces, homework and more scheduled activities, can bring about a mix of anxiety, anticipation and excitement. The good news is that there are some simple strategies that you and your family can use to help ease back into the school routine.”

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BACK TO SCHOOL ADVICE FOR PARENTS

By Wynne Davis, NPR, August, 2021

“Back to school season is here, and with it comes a lot of changes. Whether your child is just starting school or going back after summer vacation, it can be both exciting and stressful. At Life Kit, we’re rooting for you and want to help keep that stress to a minimum. We’ve gathered some episodes that we think will help, from what to do about anxiety to how to have tough conversations that might come up because of school.”

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COVID-19 PANDEMIC-HELPING YOUNG CHILDREN AND PARENTS TRANSITION BACK TO SCHOOL

Center for Disease Control (CDC), August 2021

Transitioning back to early childhood programs or school— or starting them for the first time—can create extra challenges during a pandemic. Learn what parents and teachers can do to help children make a successful transition to in-person learning and care.

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COHASSET’S 4TH ANNUAL UPWARD SPIRAL: FROM ADDICTION TO HEALING EXHIBIT

Press Release by Laurie Pearson, Safe Harbor Cohasset, August, 2021

Mark your calendar for Cohasset’s 4th annual exhibit in support of National Recovery Month*- Upward Spiral- From Addiction To Healing. Hosted by Safe Harbor, South Shore Art Center and Paul Pratt Memorial Library, this exhibit premieres in the Meeting Room of the Paul Pratt Memorial Library on September 7th and will be viewable throughout the month of September-public welcome!

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COHASSET REC CENTER OPENS TO YOUTH ON SEPTEMBER 8TH!

Safe Harbor Cohasset, August, 2021

On September 8th, the Cohasset Rec Center opens for youth in grades 6-12! The Rec Center, located at 55R South Main Street in Cohasset Village, will be open Mondays-Fridays from 3pm-6pm for youth to hangout, work on projects, homework, play games like foosball and pingpong, listen to music and more!

Registration begins on August 23rd, and is required to participate. Cohasset Rec will be collecting a $49 yearly registration fee per person.

For any questions, please email recreation@cohassetma.org


DOPESICK-A MINISERIES BASED ON BOOK COMING TO HULU THIS OCTOBER

Safe Harbor Cohasset, August, 2021

Based on the non-fiction book by Beth Macy, Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors and the Drug Company that Addicted America.

Coming this October-check out Hulu’s recently produced miniseries drama Dopesick. Based on the non-fiction, Dopesick delves into America’s opioid epidemic from big pharma to small town America, with the trajectory of epidemic ripple effects hitting doctors, high school athletes, wealthy families and rural farms.

Please click here to watch the mini-series teaser on YouTube.

To learn more or purchase the highly praised book Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors and the Drug Company that Addicted America, by Beth Macy please click here.


COHASSET YOUTH AMBASSADORS PROGRAM REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

Press Release by Laurie Pearson, Safe Harbor Cohasset, August, 2021

Now through August 27, 2021 or until we reach capacity, Safe Harbor is pleased to announce that registration is open for our 2021-22 Cohasset Youth Ambassadors program. Youth Ambassadors are a fun, enthusiastic, passionate group of 7-12th graders working with peers, community members, local businesses, and many more to promote substance use prevention and mental health de-stigmatization. The Youth Ambassadors program is unlike any other extracurricular available in Cohasset, combining educational and social elements, while also teaching valuable life skills that will help participants succeed in the future. 

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ALCOHOL LINKED TO MORE CANCERS THAN THOUGHT, STUDY FINDS

By Rachel Hall, The Guardian, August, 2021

“Alcohol consumption is linked to several cancers including those of the head and neck – mouth, pharynx and larynx – oesophageal and bowel, along with the more widely known connection with breast and liver cancer, according to an international team led by Imperial College London.”

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FALL SEMESTER-A TIME FOR PARENTS TO DISCUSS THE RISKS OF COLLEGE DRINKING

By National Institute on Alcohol Abuse And Alcoholism

As college students arrive on campus this fall, it is typically a time of new experiences, new friendships, and making memories that will last a lifetime. Unfortunately for many, it is also a time of harmful and underage drinking and of dealing with its aftermath—from vandalism, sexual aggression, and other forms of violence to injuries and death. In light of the current coronavirus pandemic, it is particularly important this fall for parents to urge college students to take measures to protect their health.

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HINGHAM HEALTHCARE CAMPUS PROPOSED ‘TO HELP SAVE LIVES’ OF INDIVIDUALS STRUGGLING WITH SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER

By Carol Britton Meyer, The Hingham Anchor, August, 2021

“Residential drug and alcohol detox and rehabilitation, intensive out-patient services, and sober living would be provided at the campus, serving both individuals with private and MassHealth insurance.”

“The 460-bed healthcare campus would include intensive in- and out-patient treatment, separate chemical dependency treatment and juvenile treatment facilities off George Washington Boulevard, and other services together on one site.”

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COHASSET’S 4TH ANNUAL CANDLELIGHT VIGIL SET FOR AUG. 31

By Quinn Kelly, Wicked Local Cohasset, August, 2021

“A tradition promoting togetherness and unity in the face of tragedy has blossomed in Cohasset in recent years. Since 2017, community members have gathered on the evening of International Overdose Awareness Day for a candlelight vigil on the Town Common.”

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SAFE HARBOR JOINS REGIONAL CAMPAIGN TO WARN ABOUT FAKE ID USE

Press Release by Laurie Pearson, Safe Harbor Cohasset, August, 2021

Preventing Underage Drinking is Everyone’s Responsibility! Safe Harbor Cohasset Coalition is excited to announce their efforts in a regional underage drinking prevention campaign. Accessibility is one of the greatest root causes for youth alcohol consumption here on the South Shore, with top local conditions being with adults providing to minors and minors purchasing fake identification online. The goal of this regional campaign is to decrease the accessibility of alcohol to minors and raise awareness of the ramifications if a fake ID is used.

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FACTS ON UNDERAGE DRINKING

By Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

UNDERAGE DRINKING STARTS EARLY. Alcohol continues to be the most widely used substance of abuse among American youth, and a higher proportion use alcohol than tobacco, marijuana, or other drugs. Of those who drink underage, 15 percent began using alcohol before they were 13 years old.5 Nearly 2.3 million 12- to 17-year-olds used alcohol for the first time in 2019, which averages to approximately 6,200 adolescents who began using alcohol each day.”


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USING DRUGS COULD GET YOU KICKED OFF THE TEAM

By Just Think Twice

Parents-Read together or share with your athlete….

“Abusing any drug, whether to try to enhance your performance, improve your physique, handle pain, deal with stress, or for recreational purposes, will contribute to the end of your sports career. It will also cause problems with your health and overall ability to perform in the long run.”


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KIDS WHO USE E-CIGARETTES MORE LIKELY TO USE TOBACCO PRODUCTS IN THE FUTURE: WHO

By Partnership To End Addiction Staff, July, 2021

“Children who use e-cigarettes are up to three times more likely to use tobacco products in the future, according to a new report by the World Health Organization (WHO).”

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR SAFE HARBOR’S 4TH ANNUAL CANDLELIGHT VIGIL

Press Release by Laurie Pearson, Safe Harbor Cohasset, July, 2021

It’s hard to believe that we are already approaching our 4th annual candlelight vigil. Safe Harbor welcomes anyone who has been impacted and/or has lost a loved one to addiction to join us on August 31, 2021. This year’s vigil will be held on the evening of International Overdose Awareness Day- a global event aiming to reduce the stigma of drug-related deaths, and acknowledge the grief felt by friends and families while raising overdose awareness. Community members are welcome to gather from 6:45-8:00pm together at Cohasset’s Town Common.

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COHASSET REPRESENTED AT CADCA’S 2021 MID-YEAR CONFERENCE

Safe Harbor Cohasset, July, 2021

Representing Cohasset, 4 participants in Safe Harbor’s Youth Ambassadors  program attended CADCA’s 2021 week-long Virtual Mid-Year Conference last week learning skills about post COVID rise of house parties and how to prevent them from coming to your town, advancing equity through a youth lens and more. 

Youth Ambassadors are looking forward to talking about what they have learned with their peers and applying these tips to help make a greater impact in Cohasset. 

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HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT-MOCK BEDROOM

Southern Providence County (SPC) Regional Coalition

Recommended for adult parents/caregivers. Courtesy of our friends at SPC Regional Coalition, ‘Hidden In Plain Sight’ provides parents/caregivers an interactive, virtual way to explore a mock teenager bedroom. 

Exploring the bedroom will enable you to spot signs of possible substance use. Room décor, hidden compartments, clothing and items are located in the room to conceal substance misuse and other risky behaviors. Finding signs in your teen’s room does not always mean your teen is engaging in risky behaviors but it can be the start of a constructive conversation.

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DRUG OVERDOSE DEATHS HIT HIGHEST NUMBER RECORDED-CDC DATA SHOWS

By Maggie Fox, CNN July, 2021

“Drug overdose deaths rose by close to 30% in the United States in 2020, hitting the highest number ever recorded, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported (July 14, 2021). More than 93,000 people died from drug overdoses in 2020, according to provisional data released by the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics. That’s a 29.4% increase from the 72,151 deaths projected for 2019.”

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SACKLERS AGREE TO PAY $4B FOR ROLE IN OPIOID CRISIS (Mass. will get $90m for addiction programs)

By Priyanka Dayal McCluskey, The Boston Globe, July 2021

“Massachusetts, in 2018, was the first state to sue Purdue executives. In the suit, Healey accused them of aggressively marketing their powerful pills and misleading physicians and patients about the risks of opioids in order to increase their profits. The lawsuit alleged that Purdue, the maker of OxyContin, had contributed to the overdose-related deaths of more than 670 Massachusetts residents who were prescribed the company’s drugs since 2009.”

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PURDUE PHARMA BLAMED FOR SOUTH SHORE OPIOID CRISIS

By Patriot Ledger Staff, The Patriot Ledger, July, 2021

“The number of dead, the number of orphans, the number of parents burying their adult children because of this misconduct, is staggering,” Michael Morrissey, the Norfolk County District Attorney, said.

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COHASSET POLICE DEPARTMENT & SAFE HARBOR COHASSET SHARE SUMMER SAFETY TIPS FOR RESIDENTS & VISITORS

Safe Harbor’s Program Director Nicole Balaschi teamed up with Cohasset Police Department to create a brief video focused on summer safety. Chief William Quigley, Officer Mark Jenkins, Officer Brendan Skerry, and School Resource Officer Gregory Taylor from Cohasset Police Department offer important tips on how to ensure that your time summer is enjoyed safely. 

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STAY SAFE WITH SUMMER DRIVING SAFETY TIPS FROM AAA

AAA Staff, June 2021

“It’s easy to see why summer is the most popular season for road trips. There’s nothing like sitting next to an open car window and letting a mild breeze slip through your hair. But you can’t have a memorable summer car ride without taking care of your vehicle and keeping safety top of mind. AAA has you covered on both fronts.”

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J & J AGREES TO PAY $230M IN NEW YORK OPIOID SETTLEMENT

By The Associated Press, June 2021

“The settlement was the latest development in the complicated universe of opioid-related lawsuits across the U.S. that has drawn comparisons to the multistate litigation against tobacco companies in the 1990s. It reflects a path being taken by some big drug companies that see settling as in their best interests, in part because that route would likely not cost as much as losing in court repeatedly.”

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MILLIONS OF TEENS EXPERIENCE ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIPS. HERE’S HOW ADULTS CAN HELP

By Kavitha Cardoza and Clare Marie Schneider, NPR , June 2021

“A trusted adult could be a parent, but relatives, school counselors, pastors or even friends’ parents can support a teen, too. It’s a good idea to encourage your child to grow relationships with trusted adults in addition to their parents, so they have a network of support.”

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5 CONVERSATION GOALS: TALKING TO KIDS ABOUT ALCOHOL & OTHER DRUGS

By SAMHSA

Research suggests that one of the most important factors in healthy child development is a strong, open relationship with a parent. It is important to start talking to your children about alcohol and other drugs before they are exposed to them. Use These 5 Goals When Talking to Kids about Alcohol and Other Drugs.

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COHASSET POLICE AWARDED $5000 MENTAL HEALTH GRANT

By Cohasset Police, June 2021

“The grant funding will allow the department to contract with a licensed social worker, who will provide assessment and referral services for people in or approaching crisis. The social worker will also provide guidance to town departments, including police, fire, public health and elder affairs. The remaining funding will go toward providing field training for officers, who are often the first ones in contact with people in crisis.”

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AAA RAISES AWARENESS ABOUT ‘100 DEADLIEST DAYS’ FOR TEEN DRIVERS

By 7 News WHDH, May 2021

“The organization says the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day poses the greatest risk for deadly crashes involving young drivers. Officials say it’s important for parents to be involved in their teen’s driving safety all summer long.”

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EXCESSIVE ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION CAN BE HARMFUL. HERE’S HOW

By USA Today, June 2021

“Women who consume eight or more alcoholic drinks per week are considered heavy drinkers. For men, that number is 15 alcoholic drinks a week, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”

“To compile a list of 23 effects of long-term excessive drinking on the body, 24/7 Tempo reviewed dozens of medical publications and government health agencies websites, including the National Institutes of Health and the CDC. Approximately 19% of adults in the U.S. report regularly consuming unhealthy amounts of alcohol.”

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