REFUSAL SKILLS

3min Video By The Prevention Connection, June 2020

“Lack of refusal skills are considered a risk factor for substance use. Refusal skills provide individuals, particularly youth, with the ability to effectively say no to risky behavior like the consumption of alcohol and other drugs. In this video we go over why refusal skills are important, some examples of why individuals use drugs, and finally provide examples of refusal skills that you can use.”

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VIRTUAL TRAINING SERIES: STRESS & COPING SKILLS 101

By Plymouth Youth Development Collaborative & Brockton Area Prevention Collaborative, May 2020

his virtual training is brought to you by the Brockton Area Prevention Collaborative and the Plymouth Youth Development Collaborative. The training includes information on stress, coping skills and resiliency.

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CORONAVIRUS IS CAUSING A HISTORIC RISE IN MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS, EXPERTS WARN

By William Wan, The Washington Post, May 2020

“Federal agencies and experts warn that a historic wave of mental health problems is approaching: depression, substance abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder and suicide.”

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CORONAVIRUS IS CAUSING A HISTORIC RISE IN MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS, EXPERTS WARN

By William Wan, The Washington Post, May 2020

“Federal agencies and experts warn that a historic wave of mental health problems is approaching: depression, substance abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder and suicide.”

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5 THINGS ABOUT STAYING MENTALLY HEALTHY DURING THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK

2 Minute Video-By U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, April 2020

“In the midst of the battle against the novel #coronavirus (#COVID19), it’s understandable that many Americans may experience heightened distress or anxiety, affecting our thoughts and emotions. Dr. Joshua Gordon, Director of the National Institute of Mental Health, offers five steps you can follow to maintain your mental health and well-being during the novel coronavirus outbreak.”

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CORONAVIRUS ANXIETY IS SERIOUSLY AFFECTING TEENS. HERE’S HOW TO HELP

By Catherine Pearson, MSN Lifestyle, April 2020

“There is a lot of advice on the internet right now about how to help young kids cope with the many changes in their lives thanks to COVID-19. There’s also a lot to be found on how adults can take care of their own mental health. Tweens and teens? Not so much.”

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DARE TO CARE: ENHANCING EMOTIONAL & PHYSICAL WELL-BEING

Youth Health Connection Newsletter, April 2020

The April edition of the Youth Health Connection Newsletter is geared towards enhancing emotional and physical well-being-featuring articles on individual empowerment and helping our teens throughout the current pandemic.

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SELF CARE WORKBOOK

By Work of Care

This Self-Care workbook has sections for self-assessment, planning, and considering how an individual’s well-being is integral to the well-being of a community. The aim is to improve our personal well-being, so in turn we can support others. 

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YALE’S MASSIVELY POPULAR ‘HAPPINESS’ COURSE IS AVAILABLE FREE ONLINE

By Ryan Prior, CNN, March 2020

“The course went online for free about two years ago under the name ‘The Science of Well Being,’ according to the Yale Daily News. Anyone can audit the course for free, and $49 lets you complete assignments, submit them for a grade and earn a certificate of completion.”

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HOW TO KEEP CORONAVIRUS FEARS FROM AFFECTING YOUR MENTAL HEALTH

By AJ Willingham, CNN, March 2020

“Coronavirus! Yes, it’s a serious situation, and yes, it deserves your vigilance and attention. But the constant spring of information, precautions and warnings, whether it’s straight from the CDC or some recirculated, dubiously-sourced post on Facebook, can take a real toll on your mental health.”

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REASONS TEENS NOW REPORT HIGHER DEPRESSION RATES

By Delaney Ruston, MD, Screenagers, February 2020

“Headlines often tell us the unfortunate news that there is a higher percentage of tweens and teens reporting depression symptoms than in the past — and the question is why?Depression symptoms started going down for teen boys and girls throughout the ‘90s, and then leveled off, and then around 2011 started going up again.”


COHASSET RESIDENT TO RUN IN BOSTON MARATHON

By Cohasset Mariner, February 2020

“Cohasset resident Molly Crane, registered nurse, will be running with Team South Shore Health in the 2020 Boston Marathon and fundraising to support behavioral health services on the South Shore.”

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20 WAYS TO PROTECT YOUR MENTAL HEALTH IN 2020

By Kristen Lee Ed.D., LICSW, Psychology Today, January 1, 2020

“The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared a global mental health crisis. They project that by the next turn of decade in 2030, that lifestyle and stress-related illness will surpass communicable disease.”

“Modern brain science has a lot to say about what helps protect us given the risk factors of today. Here are 20 strategies to practice regularly to shield and sustain you:”


INVOLUNTARY ADDICTION TREATMENT HAS BEEN AROUND FOR 50 YEARS. BUT THOSE FORCED TO USE SECTION 35 SAY THE SYSTEM IS BROKEN

By Joe DiFazio, The Patriot Ledger, December 2019

“The state’s Section 35 law, meant to save those on the brink of death from addiction, is under fire from all sides as advocates call for it to be restructured – or eliminated altogether.”


SUICIDE PREVENTION HOTLINE TO HAVE THREE-DIGIT NUMBER FOR MENTAL HEALTH EMERGENCIES: 988

By Joel Shannon, USA Today, December, 2019

“When the months-long process is completed, U.S. residents will be able to call 988 for help in a mental health emergency, just as 911 connects people in need to first-responders for other emergencies”


A LIFELINE FOR CHILDREN STRUGGLING WITH TRAUMA

By Kay Lazar, The Boston Globe, October 2019

“Traumatic events and toxic relationships during childhood can cast long shadows, often damaging mental health well into adulthood. But a growing body of research suggests sustained, positive relationships with caring adults can help mitigate the harmful effects of childhood trauma.”


CDC: SUICIDE IS GEN Z’S SECOND-LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH, AND IT’S A WORSE EPIDEMIC THAN ANYTHING MILLENNIALS FACED AT THAT AGE

By Andy Kiersz, and Allana Akhtar, Business Insider, October 2019

“For children aged 10 to 14, the suicide rate tripled between 2007 to 2017 after years of decline. For teens between 15 and 19, the rate increased by 76% in that same time period.”


AS SUICIDE RISES, COLLEGES FACE CONCERNS OVER RESPONSE,

The Boston Globe, September 2019


KEEP YOUR SELF-TALK POSITIVE BY FOCUSING ON THE HERE & NOW,

Psychology Today, September 2019