Resources for Caregivers

Postcard AvatarFinal 01"Talk. They Hear You"

"Talk. They Hear You" is the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)'s program on talking to your kids about alcohol.

Although it may not seem like it, when caregivers talk about underage drinking, their children do hear them. Start early and talk often, many small talks are fine.

  • Download SAMHSA’s “Talk. They Hear You.” appEasily download the app to your phone or other device through the App Store. Click HERE to see how the app works.


  • Click HERE to see part 1 of a short "Talk They Hear You." video.



 Other ways to keep the conversation going:


  • Check out Fun on the run! by Cynthia L. Copeland for 324 quick family fun activities. 


  • Purchase a pack of conversation starter cards at a local children's store such as A2Z. You can also download free printable versions online. Click HERE for one example.
Free 7-Week Family Program at White Brook Middle School
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Strengthening Families Program for Parents and Youth 10-14 is a 7-week family education program, led by certified facilitators, that has made a difference in thousands of families in all 50 states and in over 25 countries.
 Topics covered:
  • Peer pressure resistance
  • Reducing stress
  • Finding family values
  • Comunication skills
  • Problem solving
  • Goal setting
Interested in registering for a future session at White Brook Middle School? The program is free, childcare is available and you do not have to be an Easthampton resident. Register HERE.


Youth Substance-Use Prevention


Safe Storage VLZ LOCK POUCH 2T

Keep your kids safe by locking all prescription medicine, counting your pills and returning all leftover medicine to a drug collection box. There are many lock box options available. Here are two options: Locking Medicine Pouch by VAULTZ and PillPod that you may purchase.

Hampshire Hope also offers misuse prevention tips and their suggestions on how you can safely store medicines in your home.



Marijuana Talk Kit

Where do you start? What do you say? Learn how to talk about marijuana with your kids with this excellent resource that helps you respond to your teen if they say "I'm only doing it once in a while on the weekends, so it's not a big deal" and "Would you rather I drink alcohol? Weed is so much safer."


Marijuana and Youth Health

Talking about marijuana use during adolescence is important. Learn how marijuana affects youth health and the developing brain with this one page overview.  


E-Cigarettes, Vaping and Tobacco

American Lung Association Info Page on Vaping Concerns in News

NYTimes article on latest vaping deaths

FDA sets limits on JUUL advertising

Vaping: What You Need to Know and How to Talk With Your Kids About Vaping

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids has created a vaping guide for caregivers to explain what vaping is, its appeal to youth and what research says about the risks and unknowns. Also included in the guide, are signs to look for and what to do if you are concerned that your child may try or is vaping, and offer advice on what to say.

 Big Tobacco is Sweet Talking Our Kids

Learn why vape pens and e-cigarettes are in fact harmful with this one page fact sheet.

 Tobacco Free Kids

 Access resources including hundreds of fact sheets searchable by topic and region, advocacy toolkits and easy ways to get involved and take action.

Make Smoking History

The Massachusetts Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Program (MTCP) is part of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health in the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services and is dedicated to reducing the health and economic burden of tobacco use. Learn more about their efforts.


Alcohol and Drug Treatment

Hampshire - Franklin - North Quabbin Resource Guide (2nd Edition)

The Office of Northwestern District Attorney David E. Sullivan offers a resource guide for drug and alcohol treatment services.

Top Rated Alcohol Treatment Centers in the United States

Learn about alcohol addiction and find an alcohol recovery center that is tailored to your needs.


Guide to Drug & Alcohol Treatment Resources

Hampshire County-area addiction and use treatment organizations from Hampshire Hope.



Internet Safety

Dr. Delaney Ruston, Screenagers' filmmaker, started Tech Talk Tuesdays where she shares weekly TTT topics with thousands of families and teachers who have subscribed to receive conversation starters about social media, video game use, tech tips and more. Learn more and sign up for Tech Talk Tuesdays (TTT) here.


Additional Parenting Resources
A newspaper supplement from September 2017, sponsored by The Daily Hampshire Gazette and Amherst Bulletin. In the Parent Guide you will find articles and resources for raising resilient children, talking to students about substance use, preventing opioid use, confronting impaired driving, and thinking about cyber safety with your child.
Partnership for Drug Free Kids                                                                                                                                                           

A well-respected national non-profit which offers information, support and guidance for parents and teens.

National Institute on Drug Abuse

Review a number of educational materials and publications on the adolescent brain, mental health, prevention and more.

NIDA for Teens is also a great site for teens, educators and parents. Here you can find engaging videos, polls, games and activities that help you connect with your child and talk about drug abuse. 

"No Such Thing as a Bad Kid": Part I and Part II 

Handouts created by Charlie Appelstein, MSW that help child-guiders maximize the greatness that exists in every young person. Parents of children not at risk will also benefit from this book.


Guide for Parenting Transgender Youth in Western MA 

Published by the Northampton Prevention Coalition and Community Action (December 2015).


Community Health & Wellness Resources