Term 3 2021 - Parents *|MC_PREVIEW_TEXT|* View this email in your browser WELCOME BACK TO TERM 3! Dear *|FNAME|*, Welcome back to Term 3! In this newsletter, we'll be sharing resources available for parents and families to support teenagers in making positive choices. We recently hosted a webinar on e-cigarettes and vaping, which has been an increasing concern for parents and schools. Make sure you watch the recording and access our factsheet to find out more! To access other resources for parents and families: VISIT POSITIVE CHOICES WEBINAR RECORDING NOW AVAILABLE Did you miss our latest webinar? Catch up on the recording now! This webinar was presented by Professor Hayden McRobbie from the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre at the University of New South Wales. It covers: What e-cigarettes and vaping are and the effects of their use Current research findings on vaping among youth Strategies for schools and parents to prevent vaping among youth WATCH IT NOW RESOURCES FOR PARENTS AND FAMILIES Electronic cigarettes (vaping) Want to find more information on e-cigarettes and vaping? 1 in 8 students (13%) have used an e-cigarette at least once in their lifetime. Read this factsheet to learn more about e-cigarettes, their effects, laws for their use, and the truth behind some common myths. Supporting mental health during COVID-19 With changing restrictions and recent lockdowns, your teenager may be feeling worried, anxious or stressed. This factsheet provides information on common mental illnesses and how to encourage a young person to seek help. Drugs and the law What are legal highs? What is the difference between minor and major drug offences? Help your teen understand the legal implications around drug use and possession. Read more in this factsheet. Making choices There are many reasons why young people may choose to use alcohol and other drugs. Sometimes they may be in situations where refusing is difficult or awkward. To guide your teenager into making their own positive choices, read this factsheet. RESOURCES FOR ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER COMMUNITIES How families can protect against drug related harms As a parent, guardian or family member, you have a big impact on a young person's life and the decisions they make. You can help reduce the chance that teenagers in your family use alcohol (also known as grog), tobacco or other drugs. Read this factsheet to learn more. Access this factsheet in Arrente, Warlpiri or Torres Strait Islander Creole. IN THE KNOW A recent study examined risky behaviours among high school students in the U.S. Students who used e-cigarettes and/or marijuana were more likely to engage in risky sexual behaviours. They were also more likely to report adverse school outcomes. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has released a report on the health and wellbeing of Australia's youth. The report found that rates of drinking at risky levels, smoking daily and using illicit drugs fell between 2001 and 2019 (among 14-24 year olds). Find out more here. New research from the U.S. showed that parental monitoring is associated with a lower chance of drug initiation among adolescents (for both legal drugs e.g. cigarettes, and illicit drugs). With lower levels of parental monitoring, young females were found to have a higher chance of initiating substance use compared to males. Read more here. ORDER YOUR FREE BOOKLETS! Looking for tips on how to talk to a young person about alcohol and drugs? Want to learn more about ways that parents can protect against drug use and related harms? Order your FREE copy of the parent booklet today. ORDER NOW The aim of this e-newsletter is to provide our subscribers with information about drug prevention resources, and to share relevant news and events. Please help us spread the word by forwarding this newsletter to other parents and carers in your networks, and encourage them to subscribe here. Copyright © 2021 Positive Choices, All rights reserved. You are receiving this email because you attended one of our webinars or subscribed to the Positive Choices quarterly newsletter. Our mailing address is: Positive Choices The Matilda Centre for Research in Mental Health and Substance Use at the University of Sydney, NSW 2006 Australia Add us to your address book Want to change how you receive these emails? You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list. This email was sent to *|EMAIL|* why did I get this? unsubscribe from this list update subscription preferences *|LIST:ADDRESSLINE|* The Positive Choices newsletter is sent out once every term, and contains updates and information relating to the Positive Choices website. Recently published newsletters will take 48 hours to be listed on this page.