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S.M.A.R.T., Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening individuals, families, and communities.

S.M.A.R.T., Inc. has three areas of focus: Local Prevention Council (LPC), Parent University and Family, School and Community Events


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 March is....

AMERICAN NATIONAL NUTRITION AWARENESS MONTH 

American National Nutrition Month Info
 
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SELF HARM AWARENESS MONTH
 

Each year, approximately 2 million cases of self-injury are reported annually in the United States. One in five females and one in seven males engage in self-injury. Ninety percent of people who engage in self harm begin during their teenage or pre-adolescent years.[1]

Self-harm can be a way of coping with problems. It may help express feelings that can’t be put into words, serve as a distraction from life, or release emotional pain. Afterwards, one might feel better—but only for a little while. Although self-harm may give temporary relief, it comes with a cost. In the long term, it causes far more problems than it solves. By not learning healthy ways to deal with emotional pain, it increases risk for bigger problems down the line, including major depression, drug and alcohol addiction, and suicide.

Self-injury can be hard to detect as many people hide their injuries, however, there are red flags you can look for. Warning signs may include:

• Unexplained wounds or scars from cuts, bruises, or burns, usually on the wrists, arms, thighs, or chest.
• Blood stains on clothing, towels, or bedding; blood-soaked tissues.
• Sharp objects or cutting instruments, such as razors, knives, needles, glass shards, or bottle caps, in the person’s belongings.
• Frequent “accidents.” Someone who self-harms may claim to be clumsy or have many mishaps, in order to explain away injuries.
• Covering up. A person who self-injures may insist on wearing long sleeves or long pants, even in hot weather.
• Needing to be alone for long periods of time, especially in the bedroom or bathroom.
Isolation and irritability.

Remember, you don’t have to have proof in order to reach out to someone you’re worried about. If you think someone is self-harming:

Remain calm and caring, avoid panic
Offer support, avoid judgment.
Listen with compassion, but DO NOT let them recount the injuring experience, rather share the emotion that triggered it.
Do get appropriate help for him or her from a qualified mental health professional.

 
information was gathered from http://blog.flvs.net/self-injury-awareness-month/.  Please visit this website for further information! 

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 Some dates to remember:
 
The Local Prevention (LPC)
will be meeting the 4th Tuesday of every month at  Southbury Town Hall Room 201 from 6pm to 8pm
ANY community member is welcome and encouraged to join! 
The next meeting of the 2016-2017 season is  March 23rd
Hope to see you there!!
 
 
 
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  Upcoming Events Corner   

https://givelocalccf.org/npo/smart-inc-southbury-middlebury-acting-responsibly-together

Please mark your calendars for April 25-26, where every donation made through Give Local to S.M.A.R.T., Inc. will have the potential for bonus and matching funds! Possible donor prizes are also part of the giving process throughout the 36 hours!


 Upcoming Opportunities:
Teens, are you struggling with Depression and marijuana/alcohol use? 
 
Click below to learn of an opportunity to participate in an ATOM program T-TAAD study at UCONN Health, which may help!
 

 
 
Do you know what to do if you suspect your child is using alcohol, tobacco or other drugs?
Do you know how to have a meaningful conversation with your child about substance use?
Talk to Your Kids

 
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