Resources for preventing substance use and related harms among youth

School communities can play an important role in preventing substance use and related harms among youth, by using school- and community- based efforts to enhance students' overall well-being and resilience.

These efforts are a valuable complement to health education for students about the potential harms of substance use and the strategies used to minimize them.

On this page, you will find resources that members of school communities can use to prevent or delay substance use among youth and reduce the harms associated with youth substance use.

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How to use the resources

The resources highlight that all members of school communities have a role to play in cultivating healthy school environments, including:

School communities can use the resources to:

Resources to enhance students' well-being

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) partnered with the Centre for School Mental Health at Western University to develop a series of evidence-informed resources. These resources describe effective school-based approaches that centre on enhancing well-being to prevent problematic substance use and related harms.

Resources to prevent substance-related harms among youth

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) developed a Blueprint for Action through engagement with Canadian school stakeholders. The Blueprint for Action presents strategies for school communities to use to help prevent substance-related harms among youth. It combines evidence-based prevention and intervention approaches with the Comprehensive School Health framework, an internationally recognized approach to building healthy school communities.

PHAC partnered with the Students Commission of Canada to develop a set of resources and educational tools to help school community members implement the Blueprint in their own communities.

The Blueprint for Action resources include:

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