Panelist Dr. Yifrah Kaminer MD MBA, Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at UCONN Medical Center will be here in the morning to present some of his findings from his ATOM Studies to cover signs, symptoms, consequences and effects of alcohol use on the adolescent brain.
Dr. Kaminer will also present the same evening in Windsor at Sage Park Middle School Cafeteria from 6:00—8:00 p.m. to address marijuana use and it’s impact on the developing brain and the potential impact that medical marijuana will have on our youth and communities. The Panel will also include:
Police Officers from the towns of Bloomfield, Suffield, Windsor and an Emergency Medical Technician from Simsbury, will address what they are seeing in their towns and how to help mobilize communities around underage drinking prevention.
International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day can change your life. It’s the one day a year when people affected by suicide loss gather around the world at events in their local communities to find comfort and gain understanding as they share stories of healing and hope.
For many loss survivors, attending a Survivor Day event is the first time they realize they are not alone. Just hearing the stories—from people at all stages of healing—can be helpful. The gathering also provides participants with a chance to share their own stories with those who understand firsthand the challenges of living in the aftermath of a suicide loss.
In recognition of the fact that suicide knows no geographic or national boundaries and because Survivor Day events are organized around the world, AFSP’s program is called “International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day.”
Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the U.S. In fact, more teens die in car crashes than from suicides and homicides combined. Fortunately, teen crashes are preventable, and parents play a significant role in ensuring these crashes are a thing of the past.
Here are a few things many parents don't know about teen driving:
The most dangerous time of a teen driver's life is the first 12 months of independent licensure
A teen driver's crash risk is three times that of more experienced drivers
Teens crash most often because they are inexperienced - not necessarily because they take more risks than older drivers
Three or more teen passengers quadruples a teen driver's crash risk
Most fatal nighttime crashes involving teen drivers happen before midnight
More than half of teens killed in car crashes were not wearing a seat belt
Most state's teen driving laws and restrictions do not adequately protect teens from common crash risks
Teens really do learn to drive from watching their parents. A study from The Allstate Foundation found 80 percent of teens cite their parents as having the most influence over teens' driving habits.
Crash risk remains high after licensure. In fact, young drivers' crash risk does not significantly begin decreasing until age 25.