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How Not to Keep a Secret:  Peer Leader Training 

This is a free peer leader training program available to all participating south shore high schools.  The clinical portion of this program provides education for teens about depression awareness and suicide prevention, using "Breaking Free," a video produced by Swensrud Depression Prevention Initiative, Children’s Hospital Boston.  Teens then develop skits which impart the importance of asking for help and helping friends reach out for help.  Skits are presented at their schools in health classes, advisory groups, assemblies.

  • Listed in the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Best Practice Registry, 2010
  • Listed in SAMSHA, Preventing Suicide Toolkit, 2010

Copies of this comprehensive manual are available from YHC.  The manual costs $50.  The DVD must be purchased separately from the Swensrud Depression Prevention Initiative, Children’s Hospital, Boston.

How Are You Deciding?: Peer Leader Training (pilot phase 2011-2012)

Provides training for teens on the development of the adolescent brain, the impact of substances, tools, tips and strategies for refraining from alcohol and drug use.  Teens learn creative problem-solving (Problem/Idea/Plan) to help deliver information to their peers in school health classes using the power of the peer-to-peer voice.  The program is anchored with current neuroscience information, ensuring that teens have a strong grasp of the science.

South Shore FACTS:  Families, Adolescents and Communities Against Substances

YHC SADD DAYouth Health Connection is facilitating the development of a regional coalition dedicated to helping individual towns create their own community coalition and to develop sustainable approaches to address underage substance use.  In collaboration with Massachusetts Students Against Destructive Decisions/Mobilizing the Community (social norms program), AlcoholEdu, (an online program for teens and parents), and the Caron Center Student Assistance Program, participating towns are building community support and engagement to develop sustainable, data-driven programs.  FACTS is being supported by the Plymouth County and Norfolk County District Attorneys Offices and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

HeadSmart - A Healthy Transition After Concussion: Understanding Concussions

A school manual written for teens, parents and school professionals about concussion recovery and return to academics and sports.  Includes a guided multi-stage process with explanations for all concerned about youth concussion recovery.  This program was developed in collaboration with Dr. Janet Kent and Dr. David Morin.

Click here to download a PDF of the HeadSmart Handbook.

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  • Crisis consultation/training
  • Post-vention consultation
  • Educational consultation for school administrators
    

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