Parents: Our Greatest Prevention Partner


Parents play a major role in preventing youth substance abuse.  Parents have the power to make or break all of our prevention efforts, by undermining our message or modeling poor behaviors. At the National Prevention Network Conference in Boston, Jason Kilmer from the University of Washington and Amaura Kemmerer from Northeastern University presented information on the key things parents need to know about preventing youth substance abuse.


Drinking alcohol does not make shy people more social.                        


                                     “Kindness…The Original All-Natural Feel Good Drug”

November 13 is World Kindness Day. World Kindness Day was first celebrated in 1998 with the hope of creating a more compassionate, caring world through simple acts of kindness by individuals and nations around the globe.

We know through scientific research that being kind causes us to have “good” feelings and this happens because hormones/chemicals called endorphins are produced that activate areas of the brain that are associated with pleasure, social connection and trust.

In addition to feeling good, research shows that kindness enhances our ability to develop meaningful connections with others. Studies show that kind, happy kids have better peer acceptance because they are well-liked.

Furthermore, research suggests that people experience a “helpers high” when they do something good for another person. They have a rush of endorphins that creates a lasting sense of pride, well-being and an enriched sense of belonging. Even small acts of kindness are reported to increase a sense of well-being and self-worth.


                                     Ambiguous Loss: A Different Kind of Grief

 The term Ambiguous Loss was first conceived by educator and researcher, Dr. Pauline Boss, in the 1970’s. Ambiguous loss is recognized as one of  the most stressful kinds of loss that individuals experience yet it often goes unrecognized.   Loss in general can be especially difficult for children and adolescents to process, but when it becomes complicated with uncertainty, finding understanding can become emotionally taxing.