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Safe & Drug Free Schools

One in 12 high schoolers is threatened or injured with a weapon each year. If you're between the ages of 12 and 24, you face the highest risk of being the victim of violence [Source: American Psychological Association].

  • Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools -- this is the Federal government's primary vehicle for reducing drug, alcohol and tobacco use, and violence, through education and prevention activities in our nation's schools.

  • School Violence Resources -- a comprehensive resource for programs, funding, statistics, and events pertaining to school violence prevention. (Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Program)

  • Students Against Violence Everywhere (SAVE) -- promotes nonviolence and safe schools and communities by educating students and enlisting them and their parents in activities to reduce the violent behaviors that threaten our youth.

  • Early Warning, Timely Response -- a guide to safe schools. (Center for Effective Collaboration and Practice)
Model Programs
Over the last decade, researchers have developed a considerable scientific knowledge base regarding the fostering of resilience and the prevention of violence. CMHS's initiative insists on the proposal and implementation of programs which have a solid base of evidence of their effectiveness. Below you will find information about these programs.
Managing Anxiety

For Children and Adolescents

  • How To Help Children offers tips to parents on how to talk with children in times of crisis.
  • How Families Can Help Children Cope with Fear and Anxiety provides tips for parents to keep the lines of communication with their children open and alerts parents and other caregivers to common signs of fear and anxiety.
  • Helping Children Cope With Fear & Anxiety offers pointers for parents and caregivers to help children cope with tragic events.
  • What Teens Can Do provides information for teens to help understand some of their reactions as well as others, to a crisis. Suggestions are also provided to help ease the unfamiliar feelings related to the event.
  • A Guide for Parents and Teachers explains how preschool age, early childhood, and adolescent children may respond to a crisis. The link is intended for parents and teachers to be informed, recognize problems, and respond appropriately to the needs of children.

Revised 10/02

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