Paul Krasinski, Tech Mogul Brother of Actor John, Is Inspiring Young People to Succeed at His Mass. Retreat

By Abigail Adams, People, November, 2022

“Meet Paul Krasinski, the tech mogul brother of actor John Krasinski, who dreams of empowering today’s youth with his newest venture. Tucked away in a cozy corner of Plymouth, Mass., is The Farmhouse, a breathtaking 10-acre retreat that Paul proudly calls his passion project.”

“The Farmhouse offers opportunities for young people to grow personally and professionally via interactive programming and face-to-face interactions, he tells PEOPLE. The goal, he adds, is to help young people discover their true passion in life — from serving the environment to more creative endeavors — while also giving them the tools they need to follow their dreams and help create change in the word.”

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November Youth Ambassador Of The Month: Hannah Hession

By Laila Al Rashid & Sam Kearney, Cohasset Anchor, November, 2022

Hello Cohasset! This month we are excited to honor Hannah Hession as November’s Youth Ambassador of the Month. A senior at Cohasset High School, Hannah joined the Cohasset Youth Ambassadors (CYA) because she feels passionate about helping her community in any way she can.

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Teens And Stress Management

By Youth Health Connection-Part Of South Shore Health, November 2022

Some stress in high school is normal, even healthy, but parents should be aware of red flags from too much stress.

“In addition to modern-day stressors like year-round sports and increasingly competitive college admissions, teens are also hyper-aware of the world around them. There might have been a time when parents could shield their teens from some of those anxieties, but the internet has made that a thing of the past.”

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Cohasset Youth Ambassadors Announce Winners of 2022 Pumpkin Decorating Contest

By Laila Al Rashid & Sam Kearney, Cohasset Anchor, November 2022

“Hello Cohasset! We hope that you had a healthy and safe Halloween this year. We are excited to announce the winners of this year’s pumpkin decorating contest! More than 50 pumpkins were on display throughout the Village after a week of decorating. The pumpkins were handed out at the ASP Pumpkin Patch in mid-October for free to all registered residents.”

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The Real Deal On Fentanyl

By Ad Council

More Americans are dying of drug overdoses than ever before. Why? A synthetic opioid called fentanyl is making drugs even more deadly.

“As the overdose crisis continues to impact this country, the Ad Council is committed to tackling this issue holistically, and we’re pleased to share the first phase of our approach with you. This first campaign aims to educate young Americans about the dangers and prevalence of fentanyl, as many young people are unaware that fentanyl is appearing as a contaminant in illicit powdered drugs and being used to create counterfeit prescription pills.”

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When It Comes To Addiction, Americans’ Word Choices Are Part Of The Problem

By Lev Facher, STAT News, October, 2022

“As drugs and alcohol claim 200,000 lives each year, many who seek addiction treatment are greeted by the harsh, stigmatizing labels that many Americans don’t think twice about: Words like addict, alcoholic, junkie, abuser, or worse.”

“Even as the nation’s substance use crisis has escalated, however, new research has emerged showing that simple word choices can have a big impact on the way health professionals view their patients and, accordingly, the care they receive.”

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Cohasset Youth Ambassadors Host Pumpkin Decorating Contest

By Laila Al Rashid and Sam Kearney, Cohasset Anchor, October, 2022

Happy Halloween Cohasset! Cohasset Youth Ambassadors would like to invite you to participate in our second Pumpkin Decorating Contest. Participants will receive a pumpkin and decorate it to celebrate our community and compete for a gift card prize. All participants will also get a goodie bag when they drop off their pumpkins. The pumpkins will be displayed throughout Cohasset Village during the judging period and all Cohasset residents are invited to participate in the voting.

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Anxiety Screening For Children Should Begin As Early As Age 8, Task Force Advises

By Erika Edwards NBC News, October, 2022

“Pediatricians should screen children as young as 8 for anxiety and kids 12 and older for depression during routine well checks, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force said Tuesday.”

“The recommendation from the independent panel of experts applies to children who aren’t showing any signs or symptoms of a mental health problem. Children who are — regardless of age — should be referred for specialized care, task force member Lori Pbert said.”

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Youth Ambassador Of The Month: Dominique Vecchiolla

By Laila Al Rashid & Sam Kearney, Cohasset Anchor, October, 2022

Hello Cohasset – Happy Autumn! Safe Harbor’s Cohasset Youth Ambassadors (CYA) program is off to a great start. After having a successful first month, we are excited to honor Dominique Vecchiolla as October’s Youth Ambassador of the Month. A current seventh grader at Cohasset Middle School, Dominique joined the CYA program this year because she strongly believes that promoting mental health and wellbeing builds a stronger community.

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Addiction Often Goes Hand-In-Hand With Mental Illnesses —Both Must Be Addressed

By Dr. Nora Volkow, NIDA, September, 2022

Recovering from drug addiction is notoriously difficult. Setbacks are common. Too often, a critical element is overlooked: co-occurring mental health conditions. Treating mental illnesses like depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, ADHD, and others with medications or other therapies is crucial to address the addiction and overdose crisis that now claims over 100,000 lives annually.

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DEA Warns of Brightly-Colored Fentanyl Used to Target Young Americans

Press Release, DEA August, 2022

WASHINGTON – The Drug Enforcement Administration is advising the public of an alarming emerging trend of colorful fentanyl available across the United States.  In August 2022, DEA and our law enforcement partners seized brightly-colored fentanyl and fentanyl pills in 18 states.  Dubbed “rainbow fentanyl” in the media, this trend appears to be a new method used by drug cartels to sell highly addictive and potentially deadly fentanyl made to look like candy to children and young people.

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Safe Harbor Secures 5 More Years of Federal Funding

Press Release by Nicole Balaschi, Program Director, Safe Harbor September, 2022

The Town of Cohasset’s Safe Harbor Cohasset Coalition will continue as a beacon for raising awareness, and of education and prevention of substance misuse, as they recently received the Federal grant renewal that will enable the organization to keep going.

The grant is in the amount of $625,000, $125,000 per year from 2022- 2027, and will cover the salary of the Director, a full-time Project Coordinator, and support hours of effort put in by our Youth Ambassador Leaders.

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Safe Harbor Youth Ambassador Of The Month: Jack Kearney

By Laila Al Rashid & Sam Kearney, Cohasset Anchor, September, 2022

Hello Cohasset! We hope you had a fantastic summer at Sandy Beach or enjoying food downtown. We have been busy planning another year of events for Safe Harbor’s Cohasset Youth Ambassadors with over 45 students participating and we are excited to continue writing to you about our projects!

We would like to kick off the year by highlighting Jack Kearney as Youth Ambassador of the Month! Currently a freshman at Cohasset High School, Jack joined Safe Harbor’s Cohasset Youth Ambassadors (CYA) program in September, 2021 after experiencing the ways substance abuse has affected the lives of those he cares about.

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Upward Spiral: From Addiction To Healing Exhibit 2022

Press Release by Nicole Balaschi, Safe Harbor, September, 2022

Mark your calendar for Cohasset’s 5th 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 9th and will be viewable through October 26th, 2022.

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Dangers Of Underaged Binge Drinking & The Value Of Early Discussions About Alcohol

By Pran Teelucksingh, Brown University A.B. Public Health, Class of 2025 & Safe Harbor Intern, August, 2022

Former Cohasset High School student Pran Teelucksingh, now a sophomore at Brown University, spent this past summer interning with Safe Harbor. His objective was to increase awareness about the importance of discussing alcohol expectations earlier and often, specifically between middle school parents and students.

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Keep An Eye On Your Student’s Mental Health This Back-To-School Season

By Sequoia Carrillo, NPR, August 2022

While the pandemic caused widespread disruption to learning, one of the biggest concerns, for students of all ages, has been how it has affected their mental health. High numbers of teenagers have reported persistently feeling sad or hopeless, and the Biden Administration has tried to make student mental health a priority.

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MA Summary Of Unintentional & Undetermined Drug Overdose Deaths

By CDC SUDORS

Below is the “Summary of Unintentional and Undetermined Intent Drug Overdose Deaths” for Massachusetts. This information is a product of CDC’s State Unintentional Drug Overdose Reporting System (SUDORS). Please click on the image for a larger version. 


Animal Tranquilizer Xylazine Is Making Street Drugs Even More Dangerous

By Martha Bebinger, WBUR via NPR, August, 2022

“Xylazine is an animal tranquilizer. It’s not approved for humans, but it’s showing up in about half of the drug samples that Tapestry tests in the rolling hills of western Massachusetts. It’s appearing mostly in the illegal fentanyl supply but also in cocaine.”

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Community Invited To Participate In Aug. 31 Safe Harbor Annual Candlelight Vigil

By Carol Britton Meyer, The Cohasset Anchor, August, 2022

“This year’s vigil will be held on the evening of International Overdose Awareness Day — a global campaign to end overdose, remember without stigma those who have died, and acknowledge the grief of family and friends who have been left behind.”

“The vigil also serves as the unofficial kick-off of Safe Harbor, Paul Pratt Memorial Library, and South Shore Art Center’s month-long ‘Upward Spiral’ series of events, in recognition of National Recovery Month.”

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Her Daughter Nearly Died From Opioid Addiction: What One Mom Wants You To Know

By Rachel Paula Abrahamson, TODAY, August, 2022

“When Linda and David Rosenberg dropped their daughter Melissa off at Trinity College in 2001, they drove home feeling excited about her future.”

“It didn’t cross Linda’s mind to have a “watch the partying” talk with her eldest child. Melissa had experimented with alcohol and marijuana in high school, but there weren’t any red flags, Linda said. She never came home stumbling after a night out with friends. Then, Melissa discovered cocaine.”

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No Going Back To Normal-Addressing the complexities of children’s mental health

By Jacob Sweet, Harvard Magazine, July, 2022

“Even before COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that one in five children had a mental disorder, only 20 percent of whom received care from a mental health provider. According to the CDC, the proportion of high school students who reported persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness increased from 26.1 percent to 36.7 percent between 2009 and 2019—an increase of more than 40 percent. Those who had considered attempting suicide rose from 13.8 percent to 18.8 percent.”

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Marijuana Talk Kit

By Partnership To End Addiction

Marijuana — legal or otherwise — is a hot topic. It’s more important than ever for parents and caregivers to protect their kids’ health and development by addressing this issue early and often.

This Talk Kit helps to set the stage to have an open dialogue with your about marijuana, but also is applicable in helping talk through the many issues facing teens.

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5th Annual Candlelight Vigil

Safe Harbor July, 2022

It’s hard to believe that we are already approaching our 5th 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, 2022.  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 6:45-7:45pm together at Cohasset’s Town Common.

The vigil will include words of guidance, loss and hope delivered by community members and by poems written by those personally impacted. Additional inspiration through youth performance by Lizzy Power. We will remember those who have been lost to any kind of substance misuse, uplift our loved ones left behind, and acknowledge the strength and perseverance of the many among us struggling with addiction. Please click here for the official press release!


The New 988 Mental Health Hotline Is Live. Here’s What To Know

By Rhitu Chatterjee, NPR, July, 2022

“Modeled after 911, the new three-digit 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline is designed to be a memorable and quick number that connects people who are suicidal or in any other mental health crisis to a trained mental health professional.”

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Drinking Alone As A Young Person Linked To Later Alcohol Use Disorder

By Becky Upham, Everyday Health, July, 2022

“Drinking alone during adolescence and young adulthood is associated with a higher risk of alcohol use disorder (AUD) later in life, and this risk is especially high for women, according to a new study published on July 11 in Drug and Alcohol Dependence.

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‘What’s on your mind?’: Massachusetts Call Centers, Mental Health Provider Ready For Rollout Of National 988 Hotline

By Jim Kinney, The Republican, MassLive, July, 2022

“There are five agencies in Massachusetts that will take the calls, just as they take calls that come in on the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline now. They includes Framingham-based Call2Talk, run by United Way organizations, with a local office on Main Street in Springfield.”

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SUDORS Interactive Dashboard: Fatal Overdose Data

By Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) June, 2022

The drug overdose death data presented below come from the CDC’s State Unintentional Drug Overdose Reporting System (SUDORS). SUDORS provides comprehensive data on unintentional and undetermined intent drug overdose deaths collected from death certificates and medical examiner/coroner reports (including scene findings, autopsy reports, and full postmortem toxicology findings). Data presented here include annual counts, percentages, and rates of drug overdose deaths per 100,000 persons.

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Can A Mental Health App Help You Deal With Anxiety?

By Antonia Mufarech, Smithsonian Magazine, June, 2022

“The everyday stressors of modern life would take a toll on anyone’s mental health, but the past few years, with mounting social unrest, the ever-increasing threat of climate change, a rise in violent crime, intractable political debates over what are seemingly basic human rights, and of course, a deadly pandemic, have exacerbated the matter considerably.”

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Evelyn Dickey & Maeve Kearney: A Farewell To Our Youth Leaders

By Laila Al Rashid & Sam Kearney, Cohasset Anchor, June, 2022

“Hello Cohasset! Laila and Sam here to say thank you and farewell to two leaders of the Cohasset Youth Ambassadors (CYA) who recently graduated from Cohasset High School,
Evelyn Dickey and Maeve Kearney!”

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Mass. House Joins Senate In Mental Health Push

By Katie Lannan, State House News Service, WGBH, June, 2022

“A mental and behavioral health care access bill cleared the Massachusetts House on unanimous vote Thursday, and representatives will now have a little over six weeks to reconcile their plan with its Senate counterpart if they hope to get a final version to Gov. Charlie Baker’s desk by the July 31 end of formal legislative sessions.”

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Think You’re OK Because You Only Drink On Weekends? Think Again, Study Says

By Sandee LaMotte, CNN June, 2022

“You consider yourself a light-to-moderate drinker, having the occasional cocktail or glass of wine with dinner and only tossing back a few extra glasses of liquid refreshment at social gatherings on weekends. By most standards, you’d be right — because drinking is typically tracked as an average over the week.”

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Laila Al Rashid & Sam Kearney: June Cohasset Youth Ambassadors Of The Month!

By Maeve Kearney & Evelyn Dickey, Cohasset Anchor, June, 2022

“Hello Cohasset! It’s Maeve and Evelyn-back to write to you one last time before we graduate high school, and move on to our next adventures at university! We are pleased to feature not one, but two amazing Cohasset shining stars- Cohasset High School (CHS) students Laila Al Rashid and Sam Kearney, our June Youth Ambassadors of the Month, and the amazing Youth Leaders who plan to take over writing community youth news features in the Cohasset Anchor for the 2022-23 academic year!”

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As Alcohol Home Delivery Persists, Public Health Officials Worry About Substance Abuse

By Kirk Carapezza, WGBH, June, 2022

“Home delivery of alcohol has skyrocketed in Massachusetts since the start of the pandemic, raising concerns about increases in substance abuse and minors’ alcohol consumption.

State alcohol regulators say home deliveries of beer, wine and liquor are up 300% since February 2020.”

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SHARING ABOUT SUBSTANCE MISUSE-A SUCCESS IN COHASSET

By Maeve Kearney & Evelyn Dickey, Cohasset Anchor, May, 2022

“Hello Cohasset! We are back this week to showcase a Cohasset Youth Ambassadors (CYA) sponsored event, “Substance Use: Sharing Our Story”, a substance misuse awareness panel that took place on May 10th. CYA program Youth Leaders Noah McDowall and Laila Al Rashid saw their hard work come to fruition at what was a very successful event with over fifty attendees. Noah and Laila worked closely with their fellow Ambassadors Mateo Reyes, Aydin Tiryaki, and Harrison Babuschak in the planning and execution of the event, including inviting the panelists as well as preparing panel questions. Some of questions included “How has substance use affected your mental health? Your relationships?” and “Are you willing to tell others about your/family members’ addiction?” The group also collaborated with 7th and 8th grade Ambassadors, to provide feedback on how to increase youth event turnout around town.”

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LIFE SKILLS FOR TEENS: 21 THINGS THEY NEED TO KNOW BEFORE THEY FLY THE COOP

By Raising Teens Today

“Whether your child is venturing off to college or starting their career, the following are 21 essential life skills for teens that parents agree teens should know before they fly the coop and take on this world as an independent adult.”

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SOMETHING TO NORMALIZE’: COHASSET EVENT WILL BRING ATTENTION TO MENTAL HEALTH STRUGGLES

By Alyssa Fell, The Patriot Ledger, May, 2022

“COHASSET – Safe Harbor’s Cohasset Youth Ambassadors will spotlight the hidden struggles many people face with the group’s first Cohasset Minds Matter: A Community Wide Day for Mental Health Awareness.

The free event, aimed to destigmatize mental health issues, will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 21, on the Cohasset Town Common.”

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MUSIC THERAPY HELPS ADDICTS RECOVER THROUGH SONG

Video By CBS Evening News, May, 2022

A Virginia treatment center uses music therapy to help people get sober through song. After nearly losing her life to drugs, Abby Aposporos said the program taught her how to live again. Nikole Killion has more.

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YOUTH AMBASSADOR OF THE MONTH: MAY-SENIOR FEATURE

By Maeve Kearney & Evelyn Dickey, Cohasset Anchor, May, 2022

“Hello Cohasset-happy spring! As we step into the month of May, it is time that we take a moment to recognize  our amazing senior Cohasset Youth Ambassadors (CYA) that are graduating this month. The CYA program  would not be the same without them, and all that they have accomplished over the last four years.”

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COHASSET MINDS MATTER: MENTAL HEALTH DAY

Press Release from Cohasset Youth Ambassadors , Cohasset Anchor, April 2022

“Hello Cohasset! Safe Harbor’s Cohasset Youth Ambassadors program wants YOU to join us on the Cohasset Town Common, Saturday, May 21st, from 1-3:00 pm for our first ever Cohasset Minds Matter event. Cohasset Minds Matter is a free event that welcomes all community members of all ages to participate in activities, including yoga instruction and guided meditation, meant to raise awareness around coping strategies for mental health.”

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TIKTOK’S TEENS WANT TO BE FAMOUS. BUT AT WHAT COST?

By Elaisha Stokes, CBS News , April 2022

“At 16, Turner amassed over 600,000 followers on the social media platform TikTok. And that’s just in the last two years. His sudden popularity on the app has led to lucrative brand deals and opportunities to act on screen. By all counts, Turner is living the dream.”

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STUDY LINKS BAD SLEEP PATTERNS TO POOR MENTAL HEALTH DURING THE PANDEMIC

By Susannah Sudborough, Boston,com , April 2022

“A new study out of Brigham and Women’s Hospital links bad sleep patterns to negative mental health symptoms. The study, which was published in Sleep Health, evaluated adults and their sleep patterns before the pandemic and in June 2020.”

“It found that a lack of sleep and inconsistent sleep timing are associated with negative mental health symptoms such as depression, anxiety, and substance use.”

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SUBSTANCE USE: SHARING OUR STORY

Press Release By Laila Al Rashid, Cohasset Youth Ambassadors, April 2022

Safe Harbor’s Cohasset Youth Ambassadors are excited to announce “Substance Use: Sharing Our Story”, a substance misuse awareness panel led by two of the Youth Ambassador Leaders, Noah McDowall and Laila Al Rashid. The event will take place at the Cohasset High School Auditorium on Tuesday, May 10th at 6:30-8pm.

This is a free event Cohasset youth and their families will not want to miss! Realities of substance misuse will be brought to light when panelists share raw stories that resonate with each and every one of us. Panelists include Michael Duggan, Kristen Esson, Annemarie Whilton, and SRO Greg Taylor, touching on sports injuries, decisions that impact our future careers, the struggles of addiction in the family, and the resources available even at an early age, with time for Q&A at the end.

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APRIL YOUTH AMBASSADOR OF THE MONTH: SARI REYES

By Maeve Kearney & Evelyn Dickey, Cohasset Anchor, April, 2022

Hi Cohasset! Maeve and Evelyn are back writing to you this week with our next installment of Youth  Ambassador Of the Month. This April, we are so excited to highlight Cohasset Middle School student, Sari Reyes. Sari, a seventh grade student, joined the Youth Ambassadors program following in the footsteps of her brother, Cohasset High School student Mateo Reyes-who has participated in the Youth Ambassadors program for several years. Although she did initially hear about the program from her brother, Sari joined the Youth  Ambassadors because she genuinely cares for her community, and wants to be actively involved. Additionally, Sari also that she has grown up understanding that there are dangers surrounding alcohol and drugs, but wanted to learn more about why, and how she can help family members and friends who are potentially struggling.

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HERE’S HOW THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC IS SHAPING THE NEXT GENERATION

By Maria Abenes, EdD, Psychiatric Times, April, 2022

“The full picture of teenagers’ experience of COVID-19 is just beginning to emerge. The school closures, canceled proms, and separation from friends seemed a small price to pay to save the lives of thousands—but in exchange, the adolescents who represent the younger side of Generation Z were robbed of the capstone of their formative years. It created an atmosphere of uncertainty and anxiety among some teens, about both the future and their place in it.”

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SOME TEENS HAVING TROUBLE QUITTING E-CIGARETTES

By Jim Morelli, Boston 25 News, March 2022

“BOSTON, Mass. — It should come as no surprise — but that doesn’t make the problem any less distressing: teens using e-cigarettes are sometimes struggling to stop using them.”

“A recent study finds the percentage of teens making an attempt to quit e-cigarettes, but failing, is more than double the proportion trying and failing to quit regular cigarettes. The research appears in the Journal of the American Medical Association.”

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HOW YA TAKE CARE OF YA-SELF!

By Maeve Kearney and Evelyn Dickey, Cohasset Anchor, March 2022

“Hello Cohasset, how are YA? Evelyn & Maeve are back this week, writing to you about how our Youth Ambassadors (YA) are on a mission to promote positive self-care for themselves, and for others! While mental health is still somewhat of a stigmatized topic that can be hard to hold conversations around, Cohasset Youth Ambassadors are dedicated to breaking down this barrier.”

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MENTAL HEALTH ALTERNATIVES TO POLICING GATHER STEAM IN WESTERN MA

By Karen Brown, New England Public Media, March 2022

“Amherst, Massachusetts’ new town department – Community Responders for Equity, Safety and Service (CRESS) – has a new director this week. The department joins several other initiatives in western Massachusetts that offer alternatives to police when a call involves a mental health crisis.”

“CRESS will send responders trained in mental health to many 911 calls currently handled by the police. Director Earl Miller said they will work directly with emergency dispatchers, and not under the police.”

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PROGRAM AIMS TO REDUCE LONG WAIT TIMES FOR PEDIATRIC PSYCH BEDS

By Karen Anderson, WCVB5, March 2022

“A crisis in mental health care has created a new program aimed at reducing the number of kids stuck in emergency rooms for days, even weeks, waiting for a psychiatric bed to become available.”

“To Patrick, a father who asked to be called only by his first name, the program has given them hope they didn’t have before.”

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ALCOHOL-RELATED DEATHS SPIKED DURING THE PANDEMIC, A STUDY SHOWS

By Roni Caryn Rabin, The New York Times, March 2022

“Numerous reports have suggested that Americans drank more to cope with the stress of the pandemic. Binge drinking increased, as did emergency room visits for alcohol withdrawal. But the new report found that the number of alcohol-related deaths, including from liver disease and accidents, soared, rising to 99,017 in 2020, up from 78,927 the previous year — an increase of 25 percent in the number of deaths in one year.”

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ON STAGE AT DEER HILL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

By Sari Reyes, Cohasset Youth Ambassadors Middle School Reporter, Cohasset Anchor, March, 2022

“Among the dangers we face as youth, is vaping and smoking. To be effective, prevention needs to start at a  young age. Cohasset Youth Ambassadors came to the rescue with a plan to teach current 3rd graders about  the dangers related to smoking and vaping with a presentation from the Samantha Skunk Program.”

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SCHOOL MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAM EASES TRANSITION FROM HOSPITAL TO CLASSROOM

By Ben James, New England Public Media, WBUR March, 2022

“Psychiatric hospitalizations have increased across the U.S. for teens struggling with suicidal ideation and other mental health challenges. But after they leave the hospital, teens face what’s often a daunting prospect: going back to school.”

“Eliza’s outgoing personality belies what for her and many high school students has been a rough couple of years. She’s among a cohort of students who struggled with anxiety and depression before 2020, and whose challenges have only grown in the context of the pandemic. This winter, Eliza was hospitalized following a suicide attempt.”

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MUST-KNOW BRAIN SCIENCE OF BOREDOM

By Delaney Ruston, MD, Screenagers, March, 2022

“Boredom is not a mild ho-hum type feeling — it is a very unpleasant sensation, particularly if you are a young person. Kids feel very validated when I tell them this.”

“It is the brain’s way of saying that it wants something to ponder, something to sort out or to create, and so on. This is why when feeling bored, eventually, we humans will move into thinking about something that has a tiny challenge embedded. For example, consider a tween sitting at home feeling bored. Her brain might start to contemplate a social conflict she is experiencing. “

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SLEEPING WITH EVEN A SMALL AMOUNT OF LIGHT MAY HARM YOUR HEALTH STUDY SAYS

By Sandee LaMotte, CNN, March, 2022

“Sleeping for only one night with a dim light, such as a TV set with the sound off, raised the blood sugar and heart rate of healthy young people participating in a sleep lab experiment, a new study found.”

“The dim light entered the eyelids and disrupted sleep despite the fact that participants slept with their eyes closed, said study author Dr. Phyllis Zee, director of the Center for Circadian and Sleep Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.”

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10 REASONS WHY PARENTS SHOULD TREAT THEIR KIDS AS ADULTS

By Thuy Yau, CNN, Lifehack, 2022

“I have three young children and I believe that children are a lot more capable than we all realize. If we set low expectations for children, we get low results. But when we see them as little people who can be taught how to be kind and considerate, then their future prospects will be so very different.”

“Here are 10 reasons why parents should sometimes treat their kids as adults.”

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MARCH YOUTH AMBASSADOR OF THE MONTH: QUINN KEARNEY

By Maeve Kearney & Evelyn Dickey, Cohasset Anchor, March, 2022

“Hello Cohasset, Evelyn and Maeve here! We are thrilled to feature a 3rd Youth Ambassador of the Month, someone special to both of us, Cohasset Middle School (CMS) student Quinn Kearney! Being the youngest of four siblings, Quinn joined the Youth Ambassadors last fall after seeing the community and peer impact his older sister Maeve is making. When asked what his main reason was for joining, Quinn noted how the Youth Ambassadors program gives youths a voice. Quinn really wants to show his peers and younger generations that you can make an impact and be heard at any age.”

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US MENTAL HEALTH CARE NEEDS AN OVERHAUL, ARGUES FORMER NIMH DIRECTOR TOM INSEL

By Rhitu Chatterjee, NPR, March, 2022

“For over a decade, psychiatrist and neuroscientist Dr. Thomas Insel headed the National Institute of Mental Health and directed billions of dollars into research on neuroscience and the genetic underpinnings of mental illnesses.”

“But in the very first pages of his new book, Healing: Our Path from Mental Illness to Mental Health, he admits that the results of that research have largely failed to help Americans struggling with mental illnesses.”

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YOUR BRAIN ON DRUGS: SEEING ADDICTION AS A DISEASE

By Robert Ewing, Arizona State University News, Department of Psychology, February, 2022

“We’re in what is now becoming known as the fourth wave of the opioid epidemic. The first wave was the over-prescription of analgesics like oxycodone, morphine and hydromorphone, which led to  dependence and a false sense of security in terms of using them,” Olive said. ”This dependence led  people to turn to street heroin. From there, it’s evolved into problems with fentanyl, which is a synthetic opioid drug that is so potent that it’s life-threatening at even very small doses.”

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BEING A YOUTH AMBASSADOR HAS GREAT PERKS!

By Maeve Kearney & Evelyn Dickey, Cohasset Anchor, February, 2022

“Besides the skills learned, participating in the Cohasset Youth Ambassadors program has some amazing incentives, including a free month membership at South Shore Athletic Club, a free bagel and cream cheese at Atlantic Bagel, 20% off at Seabird Coffee, and more. But this time of year, program participants who are in  their Senior year of High School have the opportunity of applying for a much bigger perk, the 3rd Christine Murphy Scholarship!”

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COLLEGE ADMISSIONS. PANDEMIC. SCHOOL SAFETY. STUDENTS SAY THEY ARE STRESSED OUT.

By Alexandra Weliever, The Patriot Ledger, February, 2022

“Barbara Green, a licensed psychologist who co-founded the Center for Integrative Counseling and Wellness in Hingham nearly a decade ago, said there is a clear link between adolescent use of social media and increasing reports of anxiety, depression and other mental health issues. Reports of eating disorders, body image issues, suicidal thoughts and other problems have increased, Green said. When children use social media, posts spread quickly, often without supervision.”

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MEMOIR DETAILS ADDICTION, LOSS & RECOVERY

Video by CBS Mornings, February, 2022

“Author David Magee has written numerous books about business leaders and sports figures, but he has now turned the focus inward for his latest book, “Dear William.” It’s an unflinching look at his life struggles, which he says was his way of coming to grips with the death of his son from opioid addiction. Jim Axelrod shows us how it is more than a story of sorrow, but one of resilience and hope. Air Date: Feb 7, 2022″

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RETHINKING SUBSTANCE USE PREVENTION: AN EARLIER & BROADER APPROACH

By Partnership to End Addiction, January, 2022

“Many of the risk factors commonly targeted in substance use prevention programs have roots in early childhood, sometimes as early as infancy. While some of these – such as poverty, trauma, or illness – may seem too difficult for a prevention program to address or reverse, research shows that even small interventions can successfully shift the course of risk for a young child. By intervening earlier and more broadly, we can better prevent substance use in adolescence and the countless unhealthy and damaging consequences associated with it.”

“This report calls for a broader and earlier approach to protecting youth from substance use and addiction. It presents a compelling, research-based case for integrating what is known from the fields of early childhood development and healthy youth development into substance use prevention. It offers a historical perspective on prevention and describes who is and who should be responsible for being involved in prevention efforts. It argues for shifting prevention efforts earlier and for broadening its scope by breaking down silos to enhance collaboration between related fields. It describes barriers to change and offers concrete recommendations for policymakers, caregivers, educators, health care providers, and researchers to enact an earlier, broader, and more effective approach to substance use prevention and youth health promotion.”

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FEBRUARY YOUTH AMBASSADOR OF THE MONTH: TESS WILCOX

By Maeve Kearney & Evelyn Dickey, Cohasset Anchor, January, 2022

“Hey Cohasset… Evelyn and Maeve here. Happy February! This month, we are honored to have the opportunity to highlight and discuss Tess Wilcox, a Junior at Cohasset High School (CHS). Tess has been such a valuable Youth Ambassador for Safe Harbor, and you can truly see how passionate about her work she is!”

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FEWER WOMEN ARE SEEKING ADDICTION TREATMENT IN MASS. AS USE & OVERDOSES INCREASE

By Deborah, Becker, WBUR, January, 2022

“Despite the latest statistics showing an increase in opioid use and overdoses among women in Massachusetts, the number of women seeking addiction treatment has dropped dramatically.”

“While the pandemic presented challenges to accessing treatment because of staffing and concerns about congregate settings, state officials are looking at other factors that may be behind the drop. Meanwhile, there are signs that lower demand is changing some programs, especially those specifically for women.”

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TEACHING THE 7 PRINCIPLES OF CONFLICT RESOLUTION

By Natural High, January, 2022

“A crucial piece for the overall wellbeing of any kid is the quality of their peer relationships. But, what happens when a kid experiences conflict or disagreement between friends? Helping them build the critical skills of conflict resolution will enable them to build strong bonds. Without strong relationships, research shows that kids are more likely to engage in dangerous, risky behaviors in order to find the acceptance they crave.”
 
“We want every kid to have every opportunity to thrive in life and live a life that’s rich, deep, and filled with love. So, we have to teach kids how to resolve conflict. It’s not something that you just pick up. It has to be deliberately modeled, taught, and affirmed. By us, the adults in their lives. Here are 7 principles for conflict resolution we think you’ll find useful. Practice them yourself and share with your kids and students.”

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UNDIAGNOSED AUTISTIC TRAITS COMMON AMONG YOUTHS WITH SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS

PRESS RELEASE: Massachusetts General Hospital, January, 2022

BOSTON – One in five teens and young adults who seek treatment for alcohol or drug use may have traits characteristic of a previously unrecognized autism spectrum disorder (ASD), researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) report.”

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A LOOK AHEAD: COHASSET YOUTH AMBASSADORS

By Maeve Kearney & Evelyn Dickey, Cohasset Anchor, January, 2022

“Hello Cohasset- Maeve & Evelyn here. We feel the love! Thank you for sharing your support with us about our features in the Cohasset Anchor! We feel so grateful to have the Anchor’s support, so we can showcase the amazing community work from Youth Ambassadors. Here is a sneak peek at some of our upcoming plans and projects!”

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3 WAYS TO HELP STEER KIDS TO POSITIVE INFLUENCES

By Natural High, January, 2022

“During their social interactions, students will likely be faced with invitations to violate their own value system and engage in risky behaviors like experimenting with harmful substances. Research has shown that it’s rare for adolescents to drink or do drugs on their own — it’s by and large a social activity. It’s the classic, ‘here, try this’ moments that have been happening throughout time.”

“So, understanding that dynamic, what can parents and educators do to help steer kids to building and investing in positive influences in their lives?”

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THERE IS LIFE AFTER ADDICTION. MOST PEOPLE RECOVER

By Brian Mann, NPR, January, 2022

“The U.S. faces an unprecedented surge of drug deaths, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reporting another grim milestone this week. In a single 12-month period, fatal overdoses claimed 101,623 lives. But researchers and drug policy experts say the grim toll obscures an important and hopeful fact: Most Americans who experience alcohol and drug addiction survive. They recover and go on to live full and healthy lives.”

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THAT CLOUD OF SMOKE IS NOT A MIRAGE

By John Ortved, The New York Times, January, 2022

Are we actually seeing more smokers?

“Kat Frey, a 25-year-old copywriter who lives in Brooklyn, picked up the habit last year. ‘We’re having a very sexy and ethereal 1980s revival, and smoking is part of that,’ she said. ‘A lot of people I know are posting pictures doing it. I’m doing it. It’s having its moment for sure.

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