We develop environmental strategies to strengthen our community's ability to support youth.
As of Fall 2020, our plans include:
ALCOHOL: Addressing underage alcohol consumption at home through raising the visibility of the Social Host Law & collaborating with alcohol retailers on campaigns such as #mentionprevention and Liquor Stickers.
MARIJUANA: Increasing awareness of the risks of today's marijuana among youth and parents through education, including work with elected officials.
VAPING: Addressing access to vaping by targeting chain stores to stop selling and providing vaping prevention & cessation resources to youth, parents & schools.
ACCESS TO ALCOHOL & RX DRUGS: Raising families' awareness about locking up their liquor and medicine cabinets and safe disposal of unused medication, including distributing locks, Deterra bags, and Narcan.
MENTAL HEALTH: Supporting social-emotional wellbeing and mental health initiatives through community education, support options such as our Norwalk SMART Recovery teen group and TurningPointCT.org, curriculum for health teachers, and collaborations with community partners.
SUICIDE: Providing suicide prevention education & awareness and co-leading Norwalk's suicide postvention response planning workgroup.
PARENT/YOUTH EDUCATION: We will be convening community partners to organize Norwalk's first Freshman Forum, a joint parent-teen awareness program.