THE ADOLESCENT BRAIN AND THE PHYSIOLOGY OF ADDICTION: A CONCERN FOR US ALL
NM Cares will be hosting a workshop, “The Adolescent Brain and the Physiology of Addiction”, presented by Dr. Ruth Potee, board certified Family & Addiction Medicine Physician on Thursday, May 11th, 2017. The event will be held at North Middlesex Regional High School in the auditorium. The doors open at 6:00 p.m.; NM Cares resource table will be open until the presentation begins. The presentation/question-answer session will be held from 7:00-8:30 p.m.
In this presentation Dr. Ruth Potee will:
- Describe the pathways in the brain related to addiction
- Explain the relationship of adverse childhood events and health outcomes such as addiction and chronic pain
- Discuss the current opioid crisis and community impact
- Answer audience questions following her presentation
This FREE program is open to parents, guardians, grandparents, students, educators, healthcare providers, and all concerned community members.
13 REASONS WHY: NETFLIX SERIES
The district administration wants to make you aware of a new series that some of our middle and high school students may be watching on Netflix, 13 Reasons Why.
The series is based on a fictional novel by Jay Asher which focuses on Hannah Baker who took her life and leaves behind tape recordings of the 13 reasons why and the story of individuals that may have contributed to her ultimate decision.
Our most vulnerable population of students may have difficulty processing the content and may not know that there are healthy and appropriate ways to handle stressful situations. The series contains graphic scenes involving sexual assault, sexual harassment, bullying and suicide which can be upsetting to most individuals but can be particularly difficult for students with a trauma history.
Below is information provided by mental health professionals about the concern for students and serves as a resource to parents/guardians and our school staff.
National Association of School Psychologists (Background)
Jed Foundation (Issues raised)
Jed Foundation/Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (Talking Points)
According to the Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide (http:/sptsusa.org), the following signs may mean that a young person is at risk for suicide:
FEELINGS – Expressing hopelessness about the future.
ACTIONS – Displaying severe/overwhelming pain or distress.
CHANGES – Showing worrisome behavioral cues or marked changes in behavior, including withdrawal from friends or changes in social activities; anger or hostility; or changes in sleep.
THREATS – Talking about, writing about, or making plans for suicide.
SITUATIONS – Experiencing stressful situations including those that involve loss, change, create personal humiliation, or involve getting into trouble at home, in school or with the law. These kinds of situations can serve as triggers for suicide.
Please feel free to reach out to your child’s school administration and counselors if you have any questions or concerns.