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.
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.
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.
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.
Ramsey County Information
- Partnership for Drug-Free Kids
- National Institute of Drug Abuse
- SAMHSA Parent Resources
- Alcohol Facts and Statistics
- Smoking and Tobacco Use
- What is Marijuana?
- Drug Descriptions and Information
- Fentanyl Awareness
SPPS Policies and Manuals