Prevention

Understanding Resilience

Citation
Wu, G., Feder, A., Cohen, H., Kim, J. J., Calderon, S., Charney, D. S., & Mathé, A. A. (2013). Understanding resilience. Frontiers in behavioral neuroscience, 7, 10.

Although it is a term that is frequently used, understanding what it means to be resilient or develop resilience is not always straight forward.

In an article published in the Frontiers in Behavioural Neuroscience, the researchers interpret resilience as: 

Early Childhood Mental Health

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Harvard University

As people develop through childhood, adolescents and into adulthood there are continuous opportunities to lay the foundations of sound mental health. 

Disruptions during this trajectory can have a lasting impact on the way a person develops their sense of self and ability to relate to others and manage everyday life.

Researchers from Harvard University have put together a website and video overview of child development.

Adolescent Brain Development, Substance Use, and Psychotherapeutic Change

Citation
Wetherill, R., & Tapert, S. F. (2013). Adolescent brain development, substance use, and psychotherapeutic change. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 27(2), 393.

Adolescence involves dramatic biologic, psychological, and behavioural changes.

Adolescents respond, learn and explore their environment, forming new relationships and further developing their identity.

It is often a time where individuals are more likely to participate in risky behaviour, frequently influenced by substance use. Substance use among adolescents ranges from experimentation to severe substance use disorders.

Alcohol Sales Banned in Greenland

For many young people, home is not a place of safety. As countries introduce lockdown measures, it is important that the wellbeing of young people is protected. In a move to reduce potential violence against children during coronavirus confinement, the sale of alcohol has been banned in the capital of Greenland, Nuuk. The alcohol ban came into force on Saturday and is scheduled to last until 15 April.

COVID-19 and Drinking Behaviour

With most countries adopting measures to encourage social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, there are notable changes to drinking behaviours. Health professionals are calling on people to avoid using alcohol as a coping strategy in these stressful times. However, empty shelves in supermarkets indicate people may not be following advice. In a recent article published by Society for the Study of Addiction, James Morris explores the changes in drinking behaviour in the UK, and the

4 Online/Distance Learning Substance Use Prevention Strategies for the Coronavirus Outbreak

Here are four online and distance-learning strategies for providing evidence-based and evidence-informed Prevention Plus Wellness programs during the COVID-19 outbreak. They include: 1) Recorded video programs, 2) Live streamed programs, 3) Correspondence booklets, and 4) Online training and support for providing PPW programs via online and distance learning. Each online/distance learning prevention program strategy is described briefly below. Recorded Video Programs Like face-to-face Prevention Plus Wellness (PPW) programs, each PPW video provides youth with a