Talk: We Are Listening

Talk: We Are Listening

Healthy Gloucester Collaborative's Gloucester Youth Council in partnership with Cape Ann TV and Gloucester Stage Youth Acting Workshop created a PSA encouraging adults to talk to youth about the dangers of drugs and alcohol.  Statistics have shown that youth who hear from a trusted adult about the risks of drugs and alcohol are 40% less likely to use substances.  You will find below resources and tips on how to start the conversation, information about substances and specifically how they affect youth, education websites geared toward youth and children, advocacy groups, and direct treatment resources.   





How to Start the Conversation

SAMHSA’s Talk they Hear You:  SAMHSA's underage drinking prevention campaign helps parents and caregivers start talking to their children early about the dangers of alcohol.

SAMHSA’s Talk They Hear You- Parent Resources (English and Spanish):  Check out these resources to help you start—and keep up—the conversation about the dangers of drinking alcohol at a young age.

SAMHSA’s Talk They Hear You- Conversation Goals: Research shows that parents are the No. 1 reason young people decide not to drink. So, start talking to your children about alcohol as early as 9 years old. 

KidsHealth: Tips and tricks on how to talk to your teen and children about important health topics such as mental health and substance use.  Website content geared toward parents, teens and kids.


Education for adults: Build your knowledge around substance use

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids:  Resources for parents on how to identify if your child is struggling with substance use, how to approach the conversation, the latest in education and resources and helplines and access to treatment.

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids- The Unique Risks of Teen Substance Use: We do just about everything we can to ensure that our kids are healthy, safe and primed for success. So why when it comes to drinking alcohol or even smoking marijuana, are so many parents inclined to shrug it off as “a rite of passage” or “just experimenting?”

NIH National Institute on Drug Abuse- Advancing Addiction Science:  Education, publications and current news on all things drug related from how drugs affect a teen body to accessing treatment.

Bureau of Substance Abuse Services: A division of the Department of Public Health, this website provides general prevention information, relevant publications, substance abuse data and reports and helplines.

Bureau of Substance Abuse Services- Information for Parents:  How to talk to your child about substance use, alcohol use and healthy living.

Massachusetts Health Promotion Clearinghouse: Brochures, posters and information about a wide range of health promotion topics from substance use to mental health to domestic violence, to healthy eating.


Education for youth:  Build your teens’ knowledge around substance use

National Institute on Drug Abuse for Teens:  Interactive education geared toward teens on how drugs and alcohol affect your body and tips for making healthy decisions


Advocacy Groups for Parents and Teens

Mothers Against Drunk Driving:  To end drunk driving, help fight drugged driving, support the victims of these violent crimes, and prevent underage drinking.

Students Against Destructive Decisions:  SADD’s mission is to empower young people to successfully confront the risks and pressures that challenge them throughout their daily lives.

The 84 campaign is a statewide movement of youth fighting tobacco in Massachusetts. The 84 represents the 84% of Massachusetts youth who did NOT smoke when the movement began. Now, 92% of youth do NOT smoke.  


Access to Treatment

Visit our RESOURCES tab on the home page for helplines and direct access to treatment resources.