May 2, 1:00 - 3:00 PM: Operation Parent is hosting a webinar, "Fentanyl: Every Family Needs to Know" designed to explain the risks of fentanyl and why teens are vulnerable to deceptive drug dealing practices on social media. You can register here.
May 6, 12:00 - 1:30 PM: WHEN will have a table at Family Fun Day at Phillips Village in partnership with Webster CSD schools. Please stop by for a free planting kit for kids and helpful resources for families. WHEN volunteers are needed, please sign up here.
May 10, 12:00 PM: WHEN Coalition’s Monthly Meeting – Please attend our May coalition meeting to participate in a Membership Workshop where we will discuss how to improve our member recruitment, joining process, new-member kit, and overall member experience. Please register here.
June 14, 6:30 PM - Free In-Person Naloxone Training for local residents at the Webster Public Library. Participants will be given free naloxone kits to take home. See details and register.
WHEN Summer projects include preparing 34 Protective Factor signs for school properties, collaborating with partners on the intersection of social media/technology, mental health, and youth substance use, and preparing for a youth coalition. Please contact Janine if you are interested in participating.
Community Arts Day was a blast! Check out photos above from our very busy table. WHEN volunteers spoke with hundreds of community members while their kids made bird feeders. We gave away bird seed, coloring pages, and reusable WHEN bags. We scored a new member and a few newsletter subscribers (a warm welcome to you all!). The feedback was great and we were happy to hear that more community members are becoming familiar with WHEN and its work, thanks in part to the events we have been holding at local schools. A big thank you to all our volunteers!
The spring DEA National Drug Take Back was held locally at the Holt Rd Wegmans. Thanks to our fantastic Webster residents, in just four hours 242 pounds of pills were collected and safely disposed of. That helps to keep drugs from falling into the wrong hands, protecting loved-ones, neighbors, friends and strangers from accidental exposure or misuse. One resident was so grateful they gifted Janine with flowers! Scroll through photos from the event below. Many thanks to Steve Guadioso and Patti Cataldi for their assistance at the event.
WHEN member, Missy Rosenberry, spearheaded a scavenger hunt for Webster kids on Saturday 4/22, which helped us reach 58 kids and 80 adults. She wrote about it and shared photos on her blog, Webster On The Web. Thanks for creating a great event, Missy!
April was Alcohol Awareness Month and we participated by sharing information from the #ProofIsInTheNumbers campaign by the Prevention Technology Transfer Center Network on all of our social media platforms. Memes are displayed below.
PSA: URMC is offering Nicotine Dependence Treatment for all ages. In-person appointments, telehealth, and free Commit to Quit group sessions are all available. This is an amazing resource for our community and has the potential to help so many struggling with nicotine addiction. It's particularly beneficial to our youth population who have seen an increase in nicotine dependence, but have had few resources to help them quit.
Communication with Kids
Protective Factors: Attachment and bonding to family, opportunities for prosocial involvement in family, recognition of prosocial involvement, social skills, emotional control
By WHEN member, Judi Swanson, LCSW~R
“A child seldom needs a good talking to as a good listening to.”
- Robert Brault
Relationships among children, teenagers, parents, and guardians are amazing and complicated. As parents and guardians we want to raise our children to be healthy, happy, independent thinkers and decision makers. However, sometimes our fears take over and we bypass listening and talking with our children and, instead, talk to them, telling them what they should be doing.
“Communication works for those who work at it.” - John Powell
As our children become teenagers, they spend more time with their friends and are involved in activities. When we want to talk with them and find out what’s going on in their lives, they are often not in the mood. Or, when they are sharing information, we might drill them with judgments and they emotionally shut down. Open questions without judgements are a great way to talk with your children at all ages. An article in Masandpas.com states, “Open questions can spark conversation. What your teenager chooses to tell you can also give you vital clues as to how they are feeling. You can then pick up on any worries or concerns they may have. If your child knows that they can talk to you openly about the big issues they face and that you will not judge or fly off the handle, then they will be more likely to come to you with questions, worries or problems. This can help protect your child from riskier teenage behavior like alcohol and drug use.”
“Sometimes when our teens open up to us they are not looking at us to fix their problems. They are looking for a safe place to share their pain.”
As parents and guardians our children need us to be safe, calm havens where there is unconditional love and open communication even about difficult topics. Be curious with your children, not only in what they do, but in how they think and feel. The same article states, “A teenager needs the guiding presence and the unconditional love of a parent to counterbalance the highs and lows of teenage life. The very best way to provide this is through talking.” As prom season is here, keep in mind how you want to talk with your teenager about proms and parties. Offer to be a judgment free out if your teen feels unsafe and wants to come home, listen to their thoughts and feelings, and share yours as well. Forging strong, robust, caring, and connected relationships with your children will make you and your child better people in all the best ways.
We would like to thank ALL our members for your support! It is the strength of our membership that gives us a seat at the table with local decision-makers, and your volunteerism that supplies the muscle and connections that make our work possible. Thank you!
If you don't see your name on the list below, please join here, it's free!
Prom and Ball season is right around the corner. If someone you love will be participating in these events, please consider sharing our safety tips with them long before the event and use the opportunity to discuss your expectations, consequences, and most of all, support.