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ANXIETY & SCHOOL

By Delaney Ruston, MD, Screenagers, April 2021

“These are tough times for lots of kids and teens, and high on the list is anxiety concerning school. You might be dealing with a teen opting to continue to do remote learning because of anxious feelings. To help kids and teens, here are some ideas from me and two incredible psychologists…”

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HOW TO HELP A TEEN WITH DEPRESSION: 9 DO’S & DON’TS

Medically reviewed by Akilah Reynolds, PhD , Written by Crystal Raypole, Healthline, April 2021

“If you have a teenager in the house, you’re probably familiar with silence or vague responses when you attempt conversation, a tendency to sleep the day away unless you intervene, and a preference for phones and computers over face-to-face time with loved ones.”

“These behaviors are pretty characteristic of most teens, but they can also be signs of depression. Abrupt changes in their mood can lead you to wonder whether they’re struggling with mental health symptoms or just, well, being a teenager.”

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WANT TO RAISE SUCCESSFUL KIDS? SCIENCE SAYS THESE 7 HABITS LEAD TO GREAT OUTCOMES

By Bill Murphy, Jr, INC, April 2021

“It’s not just one study. It’s study after study after study. I’ve long been on mission to collect science-based parenting advice, and share it both here here in my column on Inc.com and in my continuously updated (free) e-book, How to Raise Successful Kids, which is now in its 7th edition.”

“Here’s a short list of just a few of the most interesting and useful studies that I’ve found, and the habits they suggest for successful parents.”

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BAKER-POLITO ADMINISTRATION AWARDS $3.8 MILLION TO 31 SUBSTANCE USE PREVENTION PROGRAMS ACROSS THE COMMONWEALTH

Press Release from MA Department of Public Health, April 2021

“The Commonwealth continues to invest in and support evidence-based initiatives that address the very serious issue of substance use among our young people,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “These awards build on the Administration’s commitment to expand pathways to substance use prevention programs at all levels in every area of the state.”

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MENTAL ILLNESS & SUBSTANCE USE IN YOUNG ADULTS

A Public Message from SAMHSA, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

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

Millions of young adults are living with a mental or substance use disorder and many either do not realize they have one or are not paying attention to the signs and not seeking help. In fact, of the 8.9 million young adults who reported having a mental illness in 2018, more than 2 in 5 went untreated and of the 5.1 million with a substance use disorder, nearly 9 in 10 did not get treatment.

It is important to remember that asking for help is a normal part of life, and you should never feel like you have to take on the world alone. If you are concerned that you or someone in your life may be drinking too much, using drugs, or dealing with mental illness, there are resources available to help.”

Transitioning into adulthood comes with a range of emotions. Learn the signs of mental and substance use disorders and remember it is okay to ask for help.  Please CLICK HERE for an important infographic about entering into adulthood.

Think your friend is having a problem with their mental health, drugs, or alcohol? Talk to them to provide support and motivation to get the help they need Please CLICK HERE for a guide on how to start this important conversation.


OPIOIDS & THE PANDEMIC: A DEADLY MIX

By Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America

COHASSET, MA-Safe Harbor is excited to announce this year’s efforts for National Prevention Week (NPW). National Prevention Week, an annual week dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of substance use prevention and the value of positive mental health, will take place from May 9th-15th. Each year, communities and organizations across the country join forces to promote substance misuse prevention, educate peers, and collaborate with the community to create a safe, clean, and healthy environment.

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PRESS RELEASE: NATIONAL PREVENTION WEEK 2021

By Safe Harbor Cohasset, April 2021

COHASSET, MA-Safe Harbor is excited to announce this year’s efforts for National Prevention Week (NPW). National Prevention Week, an annual week dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of substance use prevention and the value of positive mental health, will take place from May 9th-15th. Each year, communities and organizations across the country join forces to promote substance misuse prevention, educate peers, and collaborate with the community to create a safe, clean, and healthy environment.

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JC MONAHAN: BREAKING MY SILENCE

By JC Monahan for Boston Magazine, April, 2021

“For many years, NBC Boston anchor JC Monahan had a secret—and keeping it nearly cost her everything.”

“I had been suffering in silence for more than a year, first from depression and then from debilitating anxiety. Yet I told almost no one—not my family, not even the people I consider my best friends. The one person in Boston who was aware that something was up didn’t know the half of it until he found me that morning unconscious in my living room.”

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JC MONAHAN: BREAKING MY SILENCE

By JC Monahan for Boston Magazine, April, 2021

“For many years, NBC Boston anchor JC Monahan had a secret—and keeping it nearly cost her everything.”

“I had been suffering in silence for more than a year, first from depression and then from debilitating anxiety. Yet I told almost no one—not my family, not even the people I consider my best friends. The one person in Boston who was aware that something was up didn’t know the half of it until he found me that morning unconscious in my living room.”

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WHY SMALL CONVERSATIONS MAKE A BIG IMPRESSION

By Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

“Short, frequent discussions can have a real impact on your child’s decisions about alcohol. Talking to your child at an early age about drinking is the first step toward keeping them alcohol-free. But as they enter junior high and high school, the pressure to try alcohol increases. It’s important to continue the conversation throughout adolescence.”

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GROUND LEVEL CAFE IS BACK

By Safe Harbor Cohasset, March 2021

Safe Harbor is thrilled to team up with Cohasset REC to host Ground Level Cafe at Sandy Beach! Students in grades 7-12 from Cohasset are welcome to perform, or come and cheer on their peers on May 7th from 5:30-7:30pm. 
Attendees can enjoy a sweet treat courtesy of Safe Harbor from the Nona’s Homemade Ice Cream Truck! 

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ALCOHOL: WHAT FAMILIES NEED TO KNOW TO HELP PROTECT YOUNG PEOPLE

A Guide By Partnership To End Addiction

Read now or keep handy for later! Topics in this parent guide include facts about youth drinking, mental health & stress, peer influence, risky behaviors, knowing the signs, genetics and more.

“As parents and caregivers, we want to do all that we can to protect our children, and we worry about what alcohol may do to their health and well-being. In this guide, we break down the risks of youth drinking, why it appeals to youth and what you can do to protect your child from its harms.”

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ALCOHOLIC LIVER DISEASE SHARPLY RISING AMONG YOUNG WOMEN

By Yuki Noguchi, NPR, March 2021

“Cases of alcoholic liver disease — which includes milder fatty liver and the permanent scarring of cirrhosis, as well as alcoholic hepatitis — are up 30% over the last year at the University of Michigan’s health system, says Dr. Jessica Mellinger, a liver specialist there.”

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FAKE PRESCRIPTION PILLS MAY CONTAIN LETHAL DOSE OF FENTANYL, DEA SAYS

By NBC Boston, March 2021

“The Drug Enforcement Administration warns this is not an isolated incident, NBC News reports. Earlier this month, the agency made a huge bust in Mexico, seizing 600,000 counterfeit pharmaceutical pills. The pills are made to look like real prescription drugs of various types, and they would have been sold as anything from Adderall to Percocet to Xanax, but they actually included fentanyl, which is up to 50 times more powerful than heroin.”

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SAFE HARBOR: SPRING INTO ACTION

By Wicked Local Cohasset, March 2021

Spring Into Action! Spread community cheer and purchase a potted flower plant for $10 to be contactless-ly delivered by the Cohasset Youth Ambassador team. 

Through this campaign, community members can send a plant with a personalized message and information regarding Drug Take Back Day to loved ones, friends, neighbors, co-workers, or anyone dear to them.

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SCIENTISTS ANSWER ADDICTION QUESTIONS FROM TEENS

By Just Think Twice

Every year, the National Institute on Drug Abuse usually hosts a Chat Day during National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week. During this event, some the nation’s top scientists answer drug-related questions from students across the country. 

Check out the questions about addiction teens asked during 2019’s Chat Day, along with the answers from scientists.  Mark your calendars for the next Chat Day: March 24, 2021!

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PANDEMIC BURNOUT IS RAMPANT IN ACADEMIA

By Virginia Gewin, Nature Journal, March 2021

“Remote working, research delays and childcare obligations are taking their toll on scientists, causing stress and anxiety.”

“A year into the coronavirus pandemic, many in the academic scientific workforce are experiencing a state of chronic exhaustion known as burnout.  “

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WITH ALL EYES ON THE PANDEMIC, STATE FUNDING FOR OPIOID ADDICTION SERVICES HAS BEEN CUT

By Joe Mathieu, WGBH, March 2021

March 10th marked 1 year since Governor Baker declared a state of emergency due to COVID-19.

“GBH Morning Edition host Joe Mathieu spoke with GBH News State House reporter Mike Deehan about how Beacon Hill’s attention and resources have shifted since the pandemic began. “

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A LONG STRANGE TRIP TO THE MAINSTREAM FOR PSYCHEDELICS

By Renee Loth, The Boston Globe March 2021

“Massachusetts General Hospital wouldn’t seem like a natural fit for a center devoted to mind- altering drugs. The Harvard-affiliated medical behemoth is the very definition of establishment. But this week, MGH launched the Center for the Neuroscience of Psychedelics to study the potential of psilocybin and other psychoactive drugs to treat conditions such as depression, addiction, trauma, and more. Forget the beads and bellbottoms: The new center at MGH signifies that the field of psychedelic therapy has arrived.”

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DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF CANNABIS

By Butler Center for Research, Hazelden Betty Ford

Data collected by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate that the incidence of driving under the influence of cannabis is on the rise in the U.S.

This report will examine the available research on driving under the influence of cannabis and its associated risks for morbidity and mortality, particularly as the use of cannabis is increasingly normalized.

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MORE YOUNG PEOPLE ARE DYING BY SUICIDE. HERE’S HOW TO HELP

By Nancy Rappaport & Meredith Gansner, WBUR, March 2021

“The early days of the pandemic were a welcome respite for some youth, with later wake-up times and decreased academic expectations. But few teenagers envisioned endless Zoom classes and being trapped inside their homes for most of each day.”

“COVID-19 has appeared to spawn a synergistic epidemic, where multiple epidemics (suicide, the virus, systemic racism) have fed off each other in a disturbing fashion.”

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SELF-HARM CLAIMS AMONG U.S. TEENAGERS INCREASED 99% DURING PANDEMIC, STUDY FINDS

By Tommy Beer, Forbes, March 2021

“The coronavirus pandemic has had a devastating impact on the mental health of teenagers in the United States, according to an analysis of medical records and insurance claims conducted by nonprofit FAIR Health, which found that overdoses, intentional self-harm claims, substance use disorders and claims for depression and anxiety disorders all increased substantially in 2020 compared to the prior year.”

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SPOTLIGHT ON EVELYN DICKEY-COHASSET YOUTH AMBASSADOR FEATURED BY THE 84

February 2021

All Eyes on Evelyn! Cohasset Youth Ambassador Evelyn Dickey, was recently featured in a special spotlight as a member of The 84‘s SLT (statewide leadership team).

Evelyn’s passion to cultivate mental health education has made her a Youth Ambassador Leader and peer role model we are proud of. Way to go Evelyn!

Please CLICK HERE to read The 84‘s spotlight on Evelyn.

The 84 is a statewide movement of youth fighting tobacco in Massachusetts. The 84 represents the 84% of Massachusetts youth who did NOT smoke when the movement began. Now, 93.4% of youth do NOT smoke.


COLLEGE TUITION SPARKED A MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS. THEN THE HEFTY HOSPITAL BILL ARRIVED

By Jordan Rau, NPR, February 2021

“Hofstra University student Divya Singh found herself beset by a double whammy of bills from two of the costliest kinds of institutions in America — colleges and hospitals. After experiencing anxiety when her family had trouble coming up with the money for her tuition, she sought counseling and ended up with a weeklong stay in a psychiatric hospital — and a resulting $3,413 bill.”

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FAMILY CHECKUP: POSITIVE PARENTING PREVENTS DRUG USE

By National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIH)

“This publication presents evidence-based information developed by the Child and Family Center at the University of Oregon. It highlights parenting skills that are important in preventing the initiation and progression of drug use among youth. This publication also provides access to video clips that can help you practice positive parenting skills.”

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DIGITAL SELF-HARM: WHAT TO DO IF KIDS CYBERBULLY THEMSELVES

By Julie Fraga, The Washington Post, February 2021

“Though it may sound far-fetched to parents who didn’t grow up on social media, social scientists are now devoting research to the practice they’re calling ‘self-cyberbullying’ or “digital self-harm,” in which social media users set up fake accounts and use those accounts to post mean comments about themselves.”

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STRATEGIES TO PREVENT ALCOHOL & TOBACCO USE

By Keep Connected-A Family Engagement Program by the Search Institute

“Different families and cultures have different attitudes regarding underage drinking and tobacco use. Whatever perspectives, values, and experiences your family has, it is important to address this issue honestly—particularly during the middle school years when these behaviors tend to start, even though they are illegal in the United States.”

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KEEP PAYING ATTENTION TO YOUR KID’S MENTAL HEALTH IN THIS PANDEMIC

By Lisa Selin Davis, CNN, February 2021

“While Covid-19 itself has largely been sparing of children’s physical health, studies have shown it has taken a toll on their mental health, associated with an increase in suicide-related behaviors, experts say.”

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THE FACTS ABOUT MARIJUANA CONCENTRATES

Facts from JustThinkTwice.gov

“A marijuana concentrate is a highly potent THC- (Tetrahydrocannabinol) concentrated mass that looks like honey or butter. For that reason, it’s often called ‘honey oil’ or “budder” on the street.”

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DANGERS OF VAPING

A PSA created by Cohasset Youth Ambassadors Hannah Hession, Sari Reyes, Calvin Spear, Carter Carrol, Nolan Smith, Harrison Babuschak, Frances Brisbane, Catherine Brisbane, David Greaney, Shaw Hutton, & Morgan Sile, February 2021

In February, a group of Cohasset Youth Ambassadors developed an anti-vaping Public Service Announcement. 95.9 WATD FM Radio recorded the PSA to be played across south shore communities on the radio.

Many thanks to 95.9 WATD FM Radio for creating this recording to be aired as a PSA throughout the upcoming months.

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DON’T WAIT

A Film By Addiction is Real, Available FREE through March 10, 2021

About the Film: “Parents can’t afford to ignore the pressures their children face to try drugs and alcohol. From school hallways to social media to pop culture, your child lives in a world that encourages substance use. Through interviews with parents, drug prevention experts and one brave mother sharing her son’s story, DON’T WAIT provides insights on why it’s essential for parents to talk to their kids early and often; how to best approach these conversations; and what to do if you spot the signs of drug and alcohol use in your child.”

Directions to view this film, Free through March 10, 2021

  •  Go to https://vimeo.com/ondemand/dontwaitpromo
  • Click on “Rent $10.00”  You won’t be charged; it’s already paid for
  • You will be asked to log in or to create a Vimeo account by entering your name, email and password
  • Enter the Promo Code:  DFPG2021

KIDS HAVE QUESTIONS. DO YOU HAVE THE ANSWERS?

A Parent Handbook By Addiction is Real

In this parent handbook, Addiction is Real provides parents support to keep their children substance-free. Topics include how to talk to your kids about substance misuse based on their age group: preschoolers, 5-10, 11-14, 15-18; the teenage brain, top 10 ways to keep kids off drugs & more.  A MUST READ for parents!

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WHO EXECUTIVE BOARD STRESSES NEED FOR IMPROVED RESPONSE TO MENTAL HEALTH IMPACT OF PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCIES

By World Health Organization (WHO), February 2021

“The importance of integrating mental health into preparedness and response plans for public health emergencies was emphasized by WHO Member States at the WHO Executive Board meeting held in January 2021. “

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MASS AG’S OFFICE AWARDS $1.5 MILLION IN GRANTS TO ADDRESS RACIAL DISPARITIES IN OPIOID TREATMENT SERVICES

By The Associated Press, WBUR February, 2021

“The grant program supports treatment and recovery programs committed to standards that serve Black, Indigenous, and people of color, Attorney General Maura Healey said in a statement {last} week.”

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BINGE DRINKING ASSOCIATED WITH OTHER SUBSTANCE USE

By Marissa B. Esser, PhD, MPH, Cassandra M. Pickens, PhD, MPH, Gery P. Guy, Jr, PhD, MPH, & Mary E. Evans, MD, MPH, CDC, February 2021

A new CDC study published this month in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine shows that binge drinking is strongly associated with use of other substances, as well as prescription drug misuse while drinking alcohol.

This new CDC study finds that 1 in 4 people who binge drink also reported other substance use in the past month, and also shows people who binge drink are 2 times more likely to use other substances than non-binge drinkers.

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MARIJUANA ABUSE BY YOUTH WITH MOOD DISORDERS LINKED TO SUICIDE ATTEMPTS, SELF-HARM & DEATH, STUDY FINDS

By Sandee LaMotte, CNN, January 2021

“Heavy use of marijuana by teens and young adults with mood disorders — such as depression and bipolar disorder — is linked to an increased risk of self-harm, suicide attempts and death, a new study has found. Unintentional overdoses, suicide and homicide were the three most frequent causes of death, according to the study published Tuesday in JAMA Pediatrics.”

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THE MENTAL HEALTH TOLL OF PARENTING DURING A PANDEMIC

By A. Rochaun Meadows-Fernandez, Everyday Health, January 2021

“The pandemic has created indescribable amounts of grief, loss, and devastation, leaving us to process incomparable amounts of stress. Still, while media conversations tend to focus on the physical and financial consequences for individuals, many parents feel alone, suffocating under the weight of a society that was already severely underserving us. “

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HELP! MY CHILD IS VAPING!

Video by Caron Treatment Centers, featuring Bethany Bell, Lead Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist

“When parents find out their child has been vaping they may feel many things, among them anger, confusion, and fear. What should they do?  First, parents need to know they are not alone.  Next, they need a plan. Caron Lead SAP Specialist Bethany Bell has recorded this video to give parents helpful steps to address the situation with their child in an open and productive way.   “

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DRINKING DURING COVID-19 UP AMONG PEOPLE WITH ANXIETY & DEPRESSION

By NYU, January 2021

“People with anxiety and depression are more likely to report an increase in drinking during the COVID-19 pandemic than those without mental health issues, according to a new study by researchers at NYU School of Global Public Health published in the journal Preventive Medicine. “

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STRATEGIES TO PREVENT ALCOHOL & TOBACCO USE

By Keep Connected, Family Engagement Program by Search Institute

“Many factors influence why kids do and don’t use alcohol and tobacco. As parents, we can’t control all of them. However, there are many things we do that can make a major difference. These ideas and activities focus on tapping into—and building on—your family’s strengths in order to prevent alcohol and tobacco use in teenagers and young people. Keep Connected focuses on building relationships and strengths to prevent alcohol or tobacco use among young people.”

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ALCOHOL HARMS THE BRAIN IN TEEN YEARS-BEFORE & AFTER THAT TOO

By Claire McCarthy, MD, Harvard Health Publishing, Harvard Medical School, January 2021

“During those years of transition between childhood and adulthood, the brain grows and changes in many important ways that are crucial for that transition to be successful. When teens and young adults drink alcohol, it can interfere with that process of brain development in ways that affect the rest of their lives.”

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PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: PRESSED PILLS

By Annemarie Whilton, Heroin Heroine Blog, January 2021

“What is a pressed, or counterfeit pill? They are pharmaceutical imposters made by drug dealers instead of lab technicians. They look exactly like the real thing in color, size, shape and feel. They even mimic the imprint code found on authentic medications.”

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QUINCY POLICE BUST ILLEGAL PILL MANUFACTURING OPERATION, SEIZE FENTANYL

By Frank O’Laughlin, WHDH, January 2021

“QUINCY, MASS. (WHDH) – Police in Quincy busted an illegal pill manufacturing operation and seized a “large quantity” of fentanyl during a raid last week, officials announced Monday.”

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PARENTS GUIDE TO GETTING GOOD CARE

By Child Mind Institute

“When a child is struggling, or his behavior worries you, it can be hard to know whether you need to reach out to a professional. And if you do seek help, what kind of professional, and what kind of treatment, are right for your child? In this guide we take you through the steps to finding the best professional (or team) for your child, and the most appropriate treatment for the disorder or disability. Along the way, we offer things to look for and questions to ask to ensure that you’re getting quality care your child deserves.”

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HOW TO TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF DURING STRESSFUL TIMES

By Voices of Youth, January 2021

“Here are some tips to take care of yourself, learn to navigate through tough times at home while you spend more time with family, and become problem solvers to overcome the challenges, big and small, that we all face in our lives.”

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