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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending November 16, 2018

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Please note that our Weekly Addiction News & Policy Update will not publish on Friday, November 23rd. On behalf of everyone at Wellspring Center for Prevention, here's wishing each of you a great Thanksgiving. May you and your family and your friends enjoy a wonderful day.   Parents Are Cutting Off Their Opioid-Addicted Kids — and It's the Toughest Decision of Their Lives Kim Humphrey was sitting in a sea of chairs, surrounded by about 40 people he had never met, when the Phoenix police officer finally realized what a train wreck his life was. Learn More   Trump's Policies Are Increasing Teen Stress and Eroding Mental Health For young people across the country, fear of gun violence and stress over racist policies are increasing stress and eroding mental health. Learn More   Chronic pot use may have serious effects on the brain, experts say More research needs to be...
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SEP
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The Statistics are Still Scary. But Recovery is Possible

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A week or so ago I received an email that provided some startling statistics. In 2017, we lost over 70,000 individuals to overdoses. There was a three and a half-fold increase in cocaine overdoses since 2010. And opiates were responsible for almost 30,000 deaths. While these numbers are sobering, I also know that there are millions of individuals who are in treatment right now, and millions more who are now in recovery and living full and hectic lives. And that’s where the focus of this month’s column is about. Oftentimes, individuals who experience a mental or substance use disorder feel isolated and alone. Yet, every year, millions of Americans experience these conditions. It’s important that we offer support to individuals facing mental and substance use disorders. In fact, we need to create environments and relationships that promote acceptance. Support from families is essential to recovery, so it’s important that family...
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JUL
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Sleep Matters: The Link Between Sleep and Mental Health

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By Hazel Bridges Medical science has shown that every aspect of our mental and physical health is tied closely to sleep. Restful sleep can strengthen major organs and cardiopulmonary functioning, but it is especially related to brain health. The less sleep you get as you age, the faster the brain ages and shows signs of brain-ventricle enlargement , brain shrinkage and compromised cognitive functioning. Studies have shown that people who suffer from sleep problems are more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease. A lack of sleep can also create long-term problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity and depression. Clearly, sleep is key to brain and body health the older you get. Fortunately, there are several sleep strategies that can improve the amount and quality of health you get each night and, in so doing, boost mental health. Stick to a sleep schedule Consistency is a good thing when it...
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MAY
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Pathways’ SADD Club Demystifies Mental Health Questions

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by Jeanne Neuwirth, LCSW, Pathways Clinician and SADD Club Advisor With giant foam dice in one hand and a bucket full of toys in the other, members of Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) Club crisscrossed the Carteret High School cafeteria throughout all lunch periods challenging students to roll the dice and then answer the questions written on them for a chance to win a prize. The activity was for Mental Health Awareness Month, and so queries ranged from the simple, “What are two healthy ways to cope when you are very upset?” to the more challenging “Myth or Fact?” questions. Informative table tents were placed on every table for students to review while they waited their turn; these described the Warning Signs of Suicide, Ways to Cope With Negative Feelings, and How to Help a Friend Who is Struggling with MH Issues. When students were stumped by a question, their...
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MAY
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Allow Me a Word about May Being Mental Health Month

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When you or someone you love is dealing with a mental health concerns, sometimes it’s a lot to handle. It’s important to remember that mental health is essential to everyone’s overall health and well-being, and mental illnesses are common and treatable. Yet, people experience symptoms of mental illnesses differently—and some engage in potentially dangerous or risky behaviors to avoid or cover up symptoms of a potential mental health problem. That is why this year’s theme for May is Mental Health Month—Risky Business—is a call to educate ourselves and others about habits and behaviors that increase the risk of developing or exacerbating mental illnesses, or could be signs of mental health problems themselves. Activities like compulsive sex, recreational drug use, obsessive internet use, excessive spending, or disordered exercise patterns can all be behaviors that can disrupt someone’s mental health and potentially lead them down a path towards crisis. May is Mental...
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APR
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Wellspring Participates in South Brunswick Mental Health and Wellness Fair

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By Melisa Damcevska On April 6, 2018, South Brunswick high school’s 3,000 students were treated to a school-wide Mental Health and Wellness Fair, placing a much-needed emphasis on mental health, substance use, nutrition, and overall wellness. Support services and agencies from all over New Jersey were represented; students were able to participate in trivia games to show their knowledge, ride a bike in order to power a blender to blend their own smoothies, as well as receive information and resources about where to get help if they themselves or someone they know needs it. To entice students to speak directly to vendors and visit tables, students who visited four tables or more were entered in a raffle for a chance to win various prizes. Wellspring Center for Prevention provided a table with information about underage drinking, vaping and e-cigarettes, marijuana and other drugs, as well as providing resources for mental...
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JUN
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SADD Club Runs Several Events to Tackle Issues of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention at Carteret High School

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What do 300 Hershey’s Kisses, 200 hard candies, 175 fidget toys, and 6 journals add up to? More than 675 Carteret High School student-contacts by Pathway’s Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) Club members on one busy day in May! In recognition of Mental Health Awareness month, hundreds of CHS students were awarded prizes by SADD Club members for answering quiz questions about mental health issues. Here’s how it worked: teams of SADD members traversed the cafeteria throughout all lunch periods, challenging students to answer questions such as: “What are two healthy ways to cope when you are very upset?,” “What are two warning signs of a person who may be suicidal?,” and “How can you help a friend struggling with depression or suicide risk?” Students were also challenged with “MYTH OR FACT?” questions related to suicide and mental health. Any student who participated received a prize, and many students helped...
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APR
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Speaker Shares His Path to Overcoming Life-Long Anxiety

Speaker Shares His Path to Overcoming Life-Long Anxiety
Jon Burgwin wants you to know that if you’re struggling with anxiety, depression, or any mental health issue, please ask for help: You deserve it. Burgwin, from Minding Your Mind, was recently invited to Carteret High School as a guest of the school’s Pathways program. Minding Your Mind works to reduce the stigma associated with mental health issues, and to get the word out that mental health disorders are treatable and treatment is available. This is a message that is especially important to deliver in middle and high schools, since suicide is the second leading cause of death in people age 14 to 23, and the onset of most psychiatric disorders occurs in adolescence. One in four teens experiences some sort of mental health issue, yet less than 20% receive treatment. Burgwin shared that he struggled with anxiety for many years before receiving the help that eventually saved his life...
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APR
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Attitudes in Reverse (AIR) Battles Stigma by Educating Students about Mental Illness

Attitudes in Reverse (AIR) Battles Stigma by Educating Students about Mental Illness
by Jeanne Neuwirth, LSW, Pathways Clinician and SADD Club Advisor As dozens of names, including Lady Gaga, Robin Williams, and Marilyn Monroe, scrolled down the screen, several hundred students over two days at Carteret Middle School and Carteret High School were challenged to guess what these people all had in common. Some guessed, “They’re all famous,” “They’re rich,” and Tricia Baker, founder of Attitudes in Reverse (AIR), nodded yes; they are all talented, productive members of society, and all have mental illness. In the past 6 years, AIR has educated more than 60,000 students in New Jersey, New York, Missouri, and Vermont about reversing the stigma surrounding mental illness. The presentation sparked questions and conversation in the classrooms, and the AIR therapy dogs, Mischa and Goober, were a calming and joyful influence. Tricia Baker’s visit to students at CMS and CHS were made possible by a grant through Middlesex County...
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OCT
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Why Do Health Ed?

Why Do Health Ed?
When a child enters the school years, they know they are going to learn about Math, Science, History, all the basics to build their mind for the future. But a subject that is often forgotten and could potentially be the most important of them all is Health Education. Health Ed encompasses everything; it’s the resource an individual needs to be the best version of themselves, which will then propel them towards that future they work so hard for in school. So what exactly is Health Education? It’s a broad term and can ultimately be anything that teaches about physical, mental, emotional, and social health. Basically it’s how to be a great person in every sense of the word. Starting it early in the schools ensures that students will get the guidance they need to improve and maintain their health, prevent disease, reduce risky behaviors, and overall gain the skill set...
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