Dear Hamilton Parents and Guardians:
Today, we would like to provide you with some resources from the DPS Substance Use Prevention (SUP) Program. The SUP program is a DPS program designed to provide evidence-based prevention programs to middle and high school students. Our goal is to prevent or delay substance use and to reduce use for students who may already be using. To learn more about our program click HERE.
The SUP program does all that we can during the school day to prevent substance use, but the best method of prevention happens at home. Parental involvement in the number one factor in preventing youth substance use; in fact, according to the 2017 Healthy Kids Colorado Survey, students who knew that their parents disapproved of drugs and alcohol were 72% LESS likely to use.
Although it is important to talk to your child about tough subjects, sometimes the task can seem a little daunting, and finding the right opportunity to approach the topic can be tough. One way to make the conversation a little less awkward is to start the conversation at an early age, and make it an ongoing topic as your child grows. Hard conversations with your child are easiest if the lines of communication are already open; use time that you already spend with your child, such as the car, the dinner table or while you are shopping to talk to you child.
Resources for Parents
- The DPS Substance Use Prevention Program is excited to announce that we are collaborating with the Denver Partnership for Youth Safety and Smart Colorado to bring Be the Influence (BTI) to DPS. Please see the attached flyer to learn how BTI is making an impact on the DPS community.
- Our partners at Denver Resource for Awareness and Prevention (DenverRAP) have developed a toolkit for parents that provides information on talking to your kids about alcohol, marijuana and other drugs. I encourage you to visit the DenverRAP website and Facebook page.
- The Speak Now website also has some wonderful tools to help initiate these tough conversations, and how to spot risky behavior early on.
- Be The Influence
Thank you for all that you do for your children. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.
Christian Sawyer, EdD
Principal, Hamilton Middle School
Michel S. Holien, LCSW
Substance Use Prevention Supervisor