Preventing Substance Use for LGBTQ+ Youth

Happy Pride Month from Access Health! In the spirit of Pride Month, we are highlighting actions that parents, healthcare providers, educators and the community can take to help prevent substance use within the LGBTQ+ population. Research tells us that LGBTQ+ youth face a greater number of risk factors such as social stigma, isolation, discrimination and… Read more »

Helping Youth Maintain Positive Mental Health

May is National Mental Health Awareness month, and what an important time it is to promote positive mental health for teens. Unarguably, we are all experiencing dramatic changes in one form or another without discrimination of race, gender, socio-economic status or age. In a time where there seems to be many forces working against us,… Read more »

National Prevention Week 2020!

Prevention Week 2020 Helpful Resources Up & Away Protect Youth Learn the Facts Tobacco-Free Resources  Promote Wellness

Protecting Our Environment through Substance Use Prevention

Earth Day is here! Now more than ever it is essential to recognize the importance of keeping our planet safe, healthy, and sustainable. 2020’s theme is climate action, as climate change continues to be a significant concern to the world-wide population.[1] Today we see climate action happening through the work of scientists, policy-makers, activists, and… Read more »

National Public Health Week!

Learn how substance use prevention is a critical component to overall wellness!                                                 Sources https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamapediatrics/fullarticle/2724377?guestAccessKey=f689aa19-31f1-481d-878a-6bf83844536a https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/common-comorbidities-substance-use-disorders/part-1-connection-between-substance-use-disorders-mental-illness https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4909766/ https://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/141/4/e20180232 https://teens.drugabuse.gov/blog/post/bullying-hurts-you-can-help https://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/111/3/535.long http://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/CAN-Prevention-Technical-Package.pdf MIYHS, 2019 Sagadahoc County Data https://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/protective/school_connectedness.htm https://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/120/6/1379 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6381423/ https://addiction.surgeongeneral.gov/vision-future/time-for-a-change https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK83240/ https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3725219/… Read more »

Prevention Impacts the Bigger Picture

The current landscape of our world has encouraged us to think about the bigger picture, including our families, jobs, and communities. While public health community coalitions focus on specific areas throughout Maine, prevention efforts trickle down and contribute to broader scope of health and wellness. Public health is the science of protecting and improving the… Read more »

Resilience Helps to Prevent Youth Substance Use

What is Resiliency? Resiliency is the ability to overcome obstacles, persevere through hardships, as well as the ability to balance negative experiences with positive factors that protect your overall well-being. [1][2] A resilient child or teen has the skill-set to recover from difficulties and adjusts easily to change.[3] Resilience is evident when a child’s health… Read more »

Spotlight: Access Health’s Role in Preventing Youth Substance Use

What is Prevention? Public health prevention means intervening before negative health impacts occur. We practice prevention in our everyday lives through vaccinations, healthy eating, altering risky behaviors known to be associated with diseases and harmful health conditions.[1] An essential piece of prevention focuses on substance use, specifically geared towards children and young adults. Prevention plays… Read more »

Preventing Teen Substance Use Through the Holiday Season

The holiday season is upon us here in Maine, which means snow days with friends, warm evenings by the fire with family, and much anticipated celebrations. Seasonal gatherings provide teens with an essential break to unwind and opportunities to enjoy time with friends, while social commitments and planning for relatives can make connecting with teens… Read more »

Join The Great American Smokeout!

Thanksgiving kicks-off the holiday season this month, gifting us time for family, appreciation, and new resolutions. For more than 40 years, The American Cancer Society has been providing an opportunity for individuals, community groups, businesses, health care providers, and others to encourage people to quit using tobacco products. On November 21st, Americans will be challenged… Read more »