May 2014

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  • News & Trends – May 2014

          May 2014     

       May 18 through May 24 marks SAMHSA’s third annual National Prevention Week: Our Lives. Our Health. Our Future. Why is this important? Consider these statistics compiled by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

    In the past year, an estimated one in five (or 43.7 million) people aged 18 or older in the U.S. had a mental illness; including mood, anxiety, and eating disorders.
    Approximately 2.3 million people, about half of whom were under age 18, smoked their first cigarette in 2012.
    Although the legal drinking age in the U.S. is 21, close to one quarter of youth aged 12 to 20 (24.3 percent) drank alcohol in 2012. Each year, 4,700 people under age 21 die from homicides, suicides, car crashes, and drowning related to drinking alcohol.
    In 2012, 17.7 million people aged 12 and older were classified with alcohol dependence or abuse in the past year.
    Since 2006, there has been a 74.2 percent increase in the number of people aged 12 or older who used marijuana on a daily or almost daily basis in the past year.

        At school and at home, educators, students and parents are encouraged to affirm a healthy lifestyle and discuss the impact that substance abuse and mental health problems has on communities and families. SAMHSA has selected six daily themes to highlight key issues: 
    Sunday, May 18
    Prevention and Cessation of Tobacco Use
    Monday, May 19
    Prevention of Underage Drinking
    Tuesday, May 20
    Prevention of Prescription Drug Abuse and Marijuana Use
    Wednesday, May 21
    Prevention of Alcohol Abuse 
    Thursday, May 22
    Prevention of Suicide
    Friday, May 23
    Promotion of Mental Health

    WebSource Clients:
    Use the search feature to stream these video and print resources to support
    National Prevention Week.

    A five-part video program  that explores the
    realities of drug experimentation.

    Smokeless Tobacco 
    A short video that dispels the myth that smokeless tobacco is a safe alternative. 

    In the Age of Alcohol
    A five-part program about the mixed messages kids hear from their peers, the media and even their parents about underage drinking.

    Prescription for Trouble 
    A five-part  program for middle and high school students and their families about
    prescription drug abuse. 

    Warning Signs 
    A five-part video program for parents about the warning signs of mental illness.

    Good Kids, Bad Choices 
    A five-part video program for parents exploring the positive and negative realities of risk taking, with real stories from teens and their families, along with expert advice.

    Why Connect with Kids Works

    Connect with Kids owns one of the nation’s largest non-fiction multimedia libraries, with more than 6,000 hours of video featuring real kids sharing their real stories, along with expert advice. The power of storytelling and peer-to-peer learning sparks an emotional connection that inspires positive behavior and cultural change. Schools nationwide use the documentary-style videos and evidence-based curricula in classrooms and
    parent outreach programming. 

    Questions about
    Connect with Kids? 

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    1-888-598-5437, ext. 145

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  • News & Trends – May 6, 2014

    May 2014     

    Research: Effects of Childhood Bullying Extend for Decades into Adulthood 

        A new study, published in The American Journal of Psychiatry  and reported in USA Today, shows harmful effects can extend decades after the initial bullying. Researchers found those bullied in childhood had lower levels of education, greater physical and cognitive health problems, and poor social functioning throughout their lives, compared with those who were not bullied.
        The National Child Development Study (NCDS) is a continuing study that follows the lives of about 17,000 people born in Great Britain in a certain week in 1958.  The researchers looked at data from 7,771 participants whose parents reported bullying exposure at ages 7 and 11, and who participated in follow-up assessments between the ages of 23 and 50 years of age, assessing physical, cognitive and mental health. 
        Childhood bullying was associated with a lack of social relationships, economic hardship and poor perceived quality of life at age 50. Participants who were bullied in childhood had increased levels of depression, anxiety disorders and suicide than their non-victimized peers. 

    WebSource Clients:
    Use the search feature to stream these video resources to support bullying prevention. Download lesson plans and family viewing guides to continue discussion in the classroom and at home.

    Silent Witness 
    A five-part video program on the role that bystanders play in bullying prevention.

    Invisible Weapons 
    A five-part  Emmy-award winning television program with perspectives and solutions from
    both victims and bullies.

    Sticks and Stones
    A five-part video program for middle and high school students addresses bullying and cyberbullying.

    Baby Bullies
    A five-part video program for parents. Hear from real kids about the outcome of bullying, along with advice and creative solutions from experts.

    Questions about
    Connect with Kids? 

    Call or email Betty Pennington
    1-888-598-5437, ext. 145

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