• Saint Paul Public Schools cares about the overall health and wellbeing of the students we serve. We encourage students to make positive choices and seek support for the challenges they may face. That includes challenges with chemical health support and prevention. Our goal is to educate students about making positive, drug- and alcohol-free choices that help their academic progress, social engagement, and physical and emotional health.

Talking to Your Kids

  • Drug use and mental health challenges frequently go hand in hand and are sometimes difficult topics to discuss with your children. Below are some resources to help you begin the conversation.

  • How to Talk to Your Child About Their Mental Health

    Talking with your child about emotional topics, such as their mental health, can feel uncomfortable. This can be due to the stigma involved, lack of information or even fears of possible blame. It can be tough to know how to start the conversation — let’s consider some helpful ways to talk with your children about their mental health.

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  • How to Talk About Mental Health: For Parents and Caregivers of Children

    As a parent or caregiver, you want the best for your children or other dependents. You may be concerned or have questions about certain behaviors they exhibit and how to ensure they get help.

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  • Use These 5 Goals When Talking to Kids About Alcohol and Other Drugs

    It’s never too early to talk with your children about the risks of underage drinking and other drug use. Research suggests that one of the most influential factors in healthy childhood development is a strong, open relationship with a parent. Though it may not seem like it, children really hear your concerns, and it’s important that you discuss the risks of using alcohol and other drugs with them.

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  • Help Kids Navigate Viral Social Media Stunts

    Today, fads on social media can take the form of viral stunts captured on video. And since kids are sensitive to peer pressure and FOMO (fear of missing out), they're often the first to want to try them.

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Smiling teenage students walking down the hallway in school.

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