schoolsoutDear Families and SPIFFY Partners,

After a school year like no other, local families who are gearing up for a summer unlike any other can find inspiration and practical tips in this free virtual parent forum(see FLYER attached):
School's out. Now what? Parenting Teens and Tweens Amid Pandemic and Protests on Wednesday, June 24th from 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Register HERE or copy and paste into your browser: https://event.webinarjam.com/register/66/38zp9ang
School's Out, Now What? Description
As families move from schooling at home to summer at home, a host of new issues may arise related to family limit-setting, keeping young people safe, responding to anxiety and stress as the pandemic continues and communities respond to racial injustice and systemic racism. The forum will provide tips to:
  • effectively respond to teens/tweens’ mental health needs, including anxiety, depression and anger;
  • address toxic stress, lack of motivation, trauma and family dynamics;
  • be both consistent and flexible amid calls for social distancing;
  • address teen substance use, screen time and other risk factors;
  • effectively set limits and help youth develop refusal skills;
  • consider needs for self-care among parents and caregivers;
Presenters are Jon Mattleman, New England Clinical Director from Minding Your Mind; Duarji Rivas, LICSW, a child and family therapist for 20 years, specializing in trauma and early intervention; and Brooke, a young adult speaker from Minding Your Mind.
The forum is presented by SPIFFY, Communities that Care, the Northampton, Easthampton and South Hadley prevention coalitions, Greenfield Safe Schools Safe Streets, Quaboag Hills Substance Use Alliance and the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office in collaboration with Minding Your Mind, which provides mental health education to end the stigma and destructive behaviors associated with mental health challenges and conditions. For more information about Minding Your Mind: www.mindingyourmind.org

It is simple to register, by providing name and email address at this link: https://event.webinarjam.com/register/66/38zp9ang





House Party!


We need space for real conversations about our concerns regarding youth drug use or other parenting concerns.

Join or host a HOUSE PARTY.

YOU provide the space, chairs, snacks. 
WE provide a facilitator and help get the conversation started.

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 Although it may not seem like it, when parents/caregivers talk about underage drinking, their children do hear them. 

Start early and talk often. Many small talks are fine.

Practice these conversations about underage drinking with SAMHSA’s “Talk. They Hear You.” app or by visiting our Parent Resource page.

Click HERE to see how the app works. Click HERE for other resources.