Middletown Prevention Coalition

Family Update - October 2021

Parenting is tough. We've got your back!

The Middletown Prevention Coalition understands how difficult parenting can be these days especially in the areas of mental health, alcohol, and other drugs. It's not easy raising healthy teens and we want to help.

Thank you to all the families who joined us for Family Day earlier this month! The day was a huge success. A special thanks to SACCUCCI HONDA for sponsoring the event. We hope to see you again next year!

Family Day - Making Everyday Special

Whether driving the kids to soccer practice, enjoying family dinner, or tucking little ones into bed, it’s important to remember that those everyday activities have a lasting effect on your children. Each of these moments offers an opportunity to connect, share and really listen to what’s on their mind. As children age, it is vital to keep those lines of communication open, especially as they start feeling increased pressure to start engaging in risky behavior including smoking, drinking or using other drugs. Adolescence is the critical period for the initiation of risky drug use and its consequences. Nine out of 10 Americans who meet the medical criteria for addiction started smoking, drinking, or using other drugs before age 18. Preventing or delaying teens from using nicotine, alcohol, or other drugs for as long as possible is crucial to their health and safety. Founded in 2001 by Center on Addiction, Family Day works with organizations across the country to educate parents about how everyday activities, like sharing a meal, playing a game, or asking about their day, can make a difference in the life of a child. To learn more about the importance of Family Day or to get more ideas on preventing substance use in youth, log on to www.CASAFamilyDay.org.

First meeting for Islanders Committed at Gaudet!

Wednesday, Oct. 27th, 2:15pm

J.H. Gaudet Middle School

The very first Islanders Committed meeting for Grades 7 & 8 will be held on Wednesday, October 27 after school from 2:15- 3:20 PM in the old main office.

Islanders Committed is the youth committee of the Middletown Prevention Coalition. Their mission is to promote health and wellness in their school and to create a space where students can be their best selves. Students can find out about upcoming meetings by listening to the announcements, looking for posters in the hall, or check with Ms. Lisa, the advisor, located in the back of the gym, across from Mr. Almeida's office. Parents and students can email lbradley@middletownri.com for more information.

Building Strong Parent-Youth Relationships

Time to check in on your relationships with youth?

Use this Relationship Check-In tool from the Search Institute to gain insight into your relationships with the young people you care about. This tool can be used by parents, family members, coaches, mentors, and educators. Developmental relationships are the roots of thriving and resilience for young people. Through these relationships, young people discover who they are, cultivate abilities to shape their own lives, and learn how to engage with and contribute to the world around them. Just as trees rely on a system of roots to support and nourish them, young people need to experience developmental relationships in their families, schools, programs, and communities.

www.search-institute.org

New Prevention Coordinator at Gaudet Middle School

We are very excited to welcome Lisa Bradley to the Middletown Prevention Coalition. She is the new Prevention Coordinator at J.H. Gaudet Middle School. Lisa will be responsible for the prevention and intervention efforts at the middle school with the goal of enhancing the health and wellness of students in Middletown.

Lisa is originally from Potsdam NY and has been a middle and high school health teacher for the past 15 years. She is very excited to be back in a school environment working with middle school students and getting more familiar with Middletown. For more information on the exciting new programs happening at Gaudet, contact lbradley@middletownri.com.

Middletown DEA TakeBack Day - Sat. October, 23rd

The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is October 23, 2021 from 10:00am to 2:00pm and will take place at the Middletown Police Station, 123 Valley Rd. This is an opportunity to rid your medicine cabinets of unwanted, unused and expired medications. Thanks for partnering with the Middletown Prevention Coalition and the Middletown Police Dept in reducing access to medications for our Middletown youth.
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