Preventing Behavioral Health Problems
The prevention of behavioral health problems (including substance use) is key to the success of every student. Broad environmental strategies that address change not only at the individual, classroom, and school levels, but also at the family and community levels must be the cornerstone of any approach to student wellness.
The Office of Student Wellness is committed to the following:
1. Developing a clear understanding of the risk factors facing all of NH's youth
2. Supporting evidence based prevention strategies in all schools
3. Strengthening protective factors that encourage healthy decision making
What does prevention look like?
Prevention education looks different in every community. An effective prevention plan: 1) addresses the needs of your specific community, 2) engages both adults and youth in planning and decision making, 3) utilizes various approaches to learning, and 4) is consistent and ongoing.
Examples of prevention programming include:
Samantha Skunk (Pre-K through grade 2)
Too Good for Drugs (All grades)
Media Power Youth (Grades 3, 5, 7, and 10)
Project ALERT (Grades 7 and 8)
Project SUCCESS (Grades 8 and 9)
Prime for Life (Grades 9 through 12)
Curriculum Infusion (All grades)
Botvin LifeSkills Training (All grades)
Employ a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor
Need Additional Resources?
The following resources may be of assistance to you as your community works to develop a comprehensive plan for prevention:
Assessing the Need
Check the Stats NH
2013 NH Youth Risk Behavior Survey
NH Regional Public Health Networks
Creating a Plan
Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services
Governor's Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention,
Treatment, and Recovery
NH Alcohol and Drug Treatment Locator
National Registry of Evidence Based Programs
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Model
Exemplary & Promising Safe, Disciplined, and Drug-Free
What Works Clearinghouse
Best Evidence Encyclopedia
“The rising rates of youth substance abuse remind us that the heroin and substance abuse crisis is an all-hands-on-deck moment for our state. We must continue to work together to protect our youth from the dangers of substance abuse by strengthening prevention and education efforts in our schools and communities.”
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This website was developed (in part) under grants numbered 1U79SM06151201 and 1H79SM061875-01 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The views, policies, and opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of SAMHSA or HHS.