Beyond health education: Preventing problematic substance use by enhancing students' well-being
Organization: Public Health Agency of Canada
Date published: 2019-05-30
What can school communities do? Universal strategies for all students!
Promoting students' well-being involves increasing protective factors that can reduce risk of problematic substance use.
- Provide opportunities for students to engage in positive behaviours (e.g., helping, sharing, donating and volunteering)
- Provide opportunities for building skills that support resilience (e.g., social and emotional skills)
- Encourage students' sense of hope
Create welcoming environments
The foundation for a welcoming environment includes healthy, supportive relationships and a safe, inclusive school climate that supports all students' well-being.
- Apply the Comprehensive School Health Framework to inform school-based efforts to promote well-being
- Create safe, inclusive and welcoming learning environments
- Partake in anti-oppressive training and incorporate learnings in teaching to create a culture where diversity is expected and respected
Integrate effective programs
There are effective universal school-based programs that can reduce students' risk of problematic substance use by supporting positive youth development.
- Connect with organizations that offer positive youth development programs and other resources
- Implement positive youth development programs through research and knowledge mobilization opportunities
- Try different classroom strategies that support positive youth development
For more information and additional resources, please visit the Preventing Problematic Substance Use through Positive Youth Development project website.
© Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada, as represented by the Minister of Health, 2019 | Cat.: HP10-29/2019E-PDF | ISBN: 978-0-660-30017-7 (PDF) | Pub.: 180885
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