Content tagged with: substance abuse

The Importance of School-Based Mental Health Services

The conversation around children’s mental health needs has been growing for years. There have been great advancements in neuropsychological research and neuroimaging that have improved our understanding of how our experiences affect brain chemistry and development. We now understand that exposure to chronic environmental stressors (poverty, community violence, familial disruption and instability) and the effects… Read more »

Five Things You Need to Know About Substance Abuse

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It can be easy to ignore substance abuse as someone else’s problem. Here’s the thing – it’s not. Substance abuse impacts everyone’s family and life at one time or another. It does not discriminate based on socioeconomic status, race, or ethnicity. It does not care. It could be your brother, your coworker, or your child. It… Read more »

Rx for Understanding: Be Smart About Prescription Drugs (Grades 5-8)

Easy to use, standards-based, cross-curricular lesson plans for grades 5-8 Prescription drug abuse is “the Nation’s fastest growing drug problem,” according to the Office of National Drug Control Policy. In fact, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has classified prescription drug abuse as an epidemic. This problem of prescription drug misuse and abuse is particularly… Read more »

Rx for Understanding: Preventing Prescription Drug Abuse (Grades 9-12)

Easy to use, standards-based, cross-curricular lesson plans for grades 9-12 Prescription drug abuse is “the Nation’s fastest growing drug problem,” according to the Office of National Drug Control Policy. In fact, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has classified prescription drug abuse as an epidemic. This problem of prescription drug misuse and abuse is particularly… Read more »

Substance Misuse and Abuse

People can develop substance abuse or misuse issues in different ways – by trying things experimentally or recreationally, or through “self-medication.” Both adults and young people may attempt to deal with their stress, anxiety, depression, or other mental health issues through self-medication. Self-medication refers to the practice of using alcohol, legal or illegal drugs without… Read more »

Mental Health

Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices, and it is integrally linked to our physical health. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood…. Read more »