CAN Health and Wellness Newsletter – Helping Mitigate Substance Misuse
April 26, 2022
Welcome to our Health and Wellness newsletter! This month, we are getting ready to celebrate National Prevention Week starting on May 9th. While this awareness week comes once a year, developing strategies to support the youth in your community should be year-round. In this newsletter, we are sharing multiple resources not only to support the holistic health of the youth in our lives, but also to understand that teachers, administrators, site coordinators, and all other educators that support students should take care of themselves as well.
Register to be a part of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) National Prevention Week virtual platform for a multitude of resources! Explore these other resources to help mitigate substance misuse and how to support your students and others in your community who suffer from it:
- Responding to Students with Addiction via Edutopia
- School and Educator Resources via Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
- Preventing Drug Misuse and Addiction: The Best Strategy via National Institute on Drug Abuse
This month, we are also continuing to share content surrounding the Whole Child Health and Wellness Vision as well as other approaches that prioritize the cumulative wellness of students in our Expanded Learning programs.
Harvard Education Now has released an article on helping teachers manage the weight of trauma. Roughly half of American school children experience some form of trauma, and it usually falls on the educator to counsel them. There is now an increasing need for a role that understands and addresses student trauma.
New Brief: A Developmental Framework for the Integration of Social and Emotional Learning and Career and Workforce Development
CASEL released a new brief titled A Developmental Framework for the Integration of Social and Emotional Learning and Career and Workforce Development to help states with integrating SEL with career and workforce development efforts. Young people need to develop skills like empathy, problem-solving, and collaboration as their foundation. This brief includes helping with social and emotional skills to help young people navigate a rapid changing world.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is holding a Prevention Day on Monday, May 9th in honor of National Prevention Week (NPW). NPW brings awareness to the importance of substance use prevention and this Prevention Day highlights leaders and provides updates about the latest developments in substance abuse prevention and mental illness.
AIR Center for Addiction Research and Effective Solutions (AIR CARES) is hosting the third installation webinar on April 28, 2022 from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM in their addiction experts series. This webinar, Employment as a Social Determinant of Addiction, will highlight a more holistic response to the overdose epidemic and examine the interactions between people.
AASA and the Forum for Youth Investment are co-hosting a webinar on Mental Health, Mental Illness, and SEL. Mental health and mental illness concerns have risen for students and educators over the course of the pandemic, with a barrage of recent reports declaring a youth mental health crisis. In this webinar, explore fundamental differences in the frameworks of mental health, SEL, and mental illness, as well as the stigmas surrounding them.
Family-Focused Interventions to Prevent Substance Use Disorder in Adolescence Workshop
Hybrid Event: May 5 and 6; 8:30 - 5:00 PM
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) will host a 2-day workshop titled Family-Focused Interventions to Prevent Substance Use Disorder in Adolescence on May 5 and 6 at 8:30 am-5pm that will examine family-focused interventions and policy efforts that may support these interventions.