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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

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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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6 SIGNS THAT YOUR TEEN MAY BENEFIT FROM THERAPY

By Zee Krstic and Kaitlyn Pirie, Good Housekeeping, August 2020

“Supporting Teens’ mental health right now starts with kickstarting hard conversations. Don’t skirt around pressing issues or ‘bend the truth’ for their benefit — experts say this doesn’t work in addressing four major stressors in 2020.”

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PREPARING YOUR KIDS FOR THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR DURING COVID-19

By Ellen Greenlaw, Boston Children’s Hospital Discoveries, August 2020

“With so many questions around school reopening, many parents don’t know how to prepare their kids for the upcoming year. For guidance, we turned to Erica Lee and Heather Potts, psychologists in the Department of Psychiatry at Boston Children’s Hospital.”

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TIPS FOR SETTING UP SCHOOL AT HOME

By Delaney Ruston, MD, Screenagers, August 2020

“A recent study found that 30% of students in the U.S. do not have adequate devices or internet for optimal home learning. With whatever device a student uses for online school, there is often another tech device that can be a source of temptation and distraction.”

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COVID AND THE CLASSROOM QUESTIONS ANSWERED ON ‘TODAY’

By Lisa Tolin, Today, August 2020

“TODAY’s Craig Melvin spoke with Dr. Jennifer Nuzzo, an epidemiologist and senior scholar at Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, and Michael Hinojosa, superintendent of Dallas schools. They answered questions about COVID-19 and schools from Craig and viewers.”

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YOUNG PEOPLE STRUGGLE WITH FINDING MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT AMID COVID-19 PANDEMIC

By Elinor Aspergren, USA Today, August 2020

“Mental health among young people has been worsening for years. A 2019 analysis of teens reported 13% of U.S. teens ages 12 to 17 (or 3.2 million) said in 2017 that they had experienced at least one major depressive episode in the past year, up from 8% (or 2 million) in 2007.”

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CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC: CHALLENGES FOR SUBSTANCE-USE PATIENTS

By Henry Schwan, Milford Daily News, August 2020

“Some say the pandemic hurts treatment and recovery services. Others see a possible silver lining – improved care in the long run.”

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OPIOID SCANDAL HAUNTS DRUG COMPANIES AS THEY RESPOND TO PANDEMIC

By Brian Mann, WBUR, August 2020

“As drug firms race to position themselves as key players in the coronavirus fight, the industry faces a renewed wave of civil lawsuits stemming from its role in the nation’s deadly opioid epidemic.”

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WORKING FROM HOME GIVES MOTHERS NO BREAK

By Stephanie Ebbert, Boston Globe Staff, August 2020

“Mothers working from home during April and May reported feeling anxious, depressed, and lonely at significantly higher rates than fathers, who actually experienced less anxiety when working from home. Men, conversely, reported much higher levels of hopelessness when they were unemployed.”

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FDA NOTIFIES COMPANIES TO REMOVE FLAVORED DISPOSABLE E-CIGARETTES AND YOUTH-APPEALING E-LIQUIDS FROM MARKET FOR NOT HAVING REQUIRED AUTHORIZATION

Press Release, US Food & Drug Administration, July 2020

“These new actions are part of the FDA’s ongoing, aggressive effort to act against illegally marketed tobacco products amid the public health crisis of youth e-cigarette use in America. The agency is particularly concerned about the appeal of flavored, disposable e-cigarettes to youth and continues to monitor all available data.”

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CREATE A MENTAL HEALTH SHELF-AND 8 OTHER TIPS TO CALM ANXIOUS KIDS

By Amy Packham, Huffington Post UK, July 2020

“Keep feel-good movies, motivational quote books, treasured photos, stress toys and soft blankets all together somewhere your child can access them whenever they need a boost. If a shelf isn’t practical, you could use a box, drawer or suitcase.”

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29% OF MASS NURSING HOMES REFUSE PATIENTS WHO’VE USED OPIOIDS, STUDY FINDS

By Martha Bebinger, WBUR, July 2020

“Twenty-nine percent of nursing facilities in Massachusetts refused to take patients in 2018 who had a history of drug use and needed post-hospital care. The findings are in a study out of Boston Medical Center’s Grayken Center for Addiction. Researchers said they were surprised to see ‘do not take people who use drugs’ or ‘do not accept methadone patients’ in comments explaining why skilled nursing and rehab centers rejected a referral.”

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I WAS A SCREEN-TIME EXPERT. THEN THE CORONAVIRUS HAPPENED.

By Anya Kamenetz, The New York Times, July 2020

An author reflects on her pre-pandemic pronouncements about children’s technology use and offers new advice, like focus on feelings, not screens.

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NEW PEAK OF 71K OVERDOSE DEATHS IN 2019 DASHES HOPES

By Carla K. Johnson, AP Medical Writer, July 2020

“Preliminary numbers released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show the trend is driven by fentanyl and similar synthetic opioids, which accounted for 36,500 overdose deaths. Deaths involving cocaine and methamphetamine also are rising.”

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ATTORNEY GENERAL MAURA HEALEY SUING ONLINE VAPE COMPANY ‘PUFF BAR’ ALLEGING IT SOLD FLAVORED TOBACCO PRODUCTS IN MASSACHUSETTS

By Tanner Stening, MassLive, July 2020

“The complaint, filed in Suffolk Superior Court on Wednesday, alleges that Puff Bar and Cool Clouds Distribution, Inc. continued advertising and selling disposable flavored tobacco products after they were banned in Massachusetts in November 2019.”

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RISKY DRINKING CAN PUT A CHILL ON YOUR SUMMER FUN

By National Institute on Alcohol Abuse & Alcoholism, July 2020

“In light of the coronavirus pandemic as well as the negative consequences associated with drinking, it is particularly important this summer to take measures to protect your own health and that of your loved ones.”

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YOU CAN VISIT THESE OUTDOOR ATTRACTIONS IN MASS RIGHT NOW

By Kristi Palma, Boston.com Staff, July 2020

“As restrictions over the coronavirus pandemic ease and folks once again think of travel, many are eyeing road trips and destinations closer to home, according to a recent Tripadvisor report.”

“The following spots near the coast, recommended by tourism experts, are currently open or partially open for an outdoor escape.”

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A REAL RISK: PRESCRIPTION DRUG ADDICTION DURING COVID-19

By Kate Spurdens, Newswire, July 2020

IN THE UK-“To the surprise of many, prescription drug addiction is spiking during this period alongside the use of illegal drugs and alcohol. Looking beyond common misconceptions around drug addiction reveals why.”

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RITUALS KEEP THESE ATHLETES GROUNDED. THEY CAN HELP PARENTS, TOO

By Neha Chaudhary, M.D., The New York Times, July 2020

“I see rituals as anchors, not only for athletes but for all of us, to help us remember who we are and how to navigate life. By adopting our own rituals, we can bring calm, meaning and connectedness to our lives and families.”

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FACTORS TO CONSIDER BEFORE DRINKING ALCOHOL

VIDEO by The Prevention Connection, July 2020

“When talking about alcohol, we understand there is a lot of misinformation about substances, particularly alcohol – So in this week’s video, we’d like to take the time to talk about some of those misconceptions concerning alcohol.”

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