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CMHC Presents Lunch & Learn: Adolescent Substance Use & Return to School

Join the Children's Mental Health Campaign on September 29, 2021 at 12 pm for the first Lunch & Learn of the fall: Adolescent Substance Use & Return to School.

Join us for our first lunch and learn of the fall as we hear from experts in adolescent substance use and learn more about how we can better support teens as they return to school this fall.

After a year and a half of disruptions, isolation, and loss, adolescents may experience a number of mixed emotions, including excitement, stress, and grief. Shortly after the pandemic began, more than 25% of high school students reported worsened emotional and mental health. While families, schools, and communities supported youth, research has found adolescents are also reporting increasing rates of substance use. LGBTQ youth and youth of color have been particularly vulnerable to the negative behavioral health consequences of the pandemic as they face ongoing structural oppression and lack of access to care.

You are encouraged to submit questions upon registration.

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Boston Children's Hospital: Taming Re-entry Anxiety

While many kids are excited to be back with their peers and teachers, others may feel overwhelmed by a new social environment. In addition, the social dynamics of school can be especially hard for children who’ve experienced social anxiety or bullying before the pandemic.

Mental Health America: Back to School Toolkit

The potential for being physically back in school for the 2021-2022 school year may help some students feel more secure, but for others it may bring back fears of bullying, school shootings or unfair disciplinary action.

MHA’s 2021 Back to School toolkit, “Facing Fears, Supporting Students,” aims to help students, parents, and school personnel recognize how feeling unsafe can impact mental health and school performance, and what can be done to help young people who are struggling with their mental health.

children's Behavioral health resources & Updates.

Encompass: Community and Collaboration for Foster Families

As part of MSPCC's work for the Encompass program, foster parents are matched with trauma coaches with lived experience in supporting foster children and provide support and guidance to families. Read this profile of one of the Encompass trauma coaches: Jill. Her expertise in working with and raising children who have experienced trauma informs how she supports foster parents.

School-Based Behavioral Health Technical Assistance Center

Development and implementation of the Massachusetts technical assistance center for school-based behavioral health

The BIRCh Project in partnership with MAMH received funding in the FY22 state budget to plan for the implementation of a school-based behavioral health TA center. Please check out their new TA center report to learn more:

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Faced with high stress levels among adolescents and a mental health crisis that includes worsening suicide rates, some states are now allowing students to declare a mental health day. In the last two years alone, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Maine, Nevada, Oregon and Virginia have passed bills permitting children to be absent from school for mental or behavioral health reasons, efforts that were often aided or spearheaded by students.
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