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 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.
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.
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.