Preventing problematic substance use by enhancing student well-being
School communities can play an important role in preventing problematic substance use among youth, by using school-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.
The Public Health Agency of Canada 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.
The series includes:
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:
- other school staff
- community partners
School communities can use the resources to:
- shape school-level strategies to address problematic substance use
- develop lesson plans that include content areas and activities that:
- support resilience
- increase inclusivity
- celebrate students’ diverse identities
- prioritize staff professional development opportunities
- inspire new/existing well-being-focused school:
- other initiatives
- train school staff and volunteers
- identify effective school-based positive youth development programs available
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