Prevention: Why now? Why you?
Five Town Communities That Care is proud of the role we have played in bringing prevention programming, education, and training & technical assistance to our community.
We know we are making a positive difference for adolescents:
- Rates of having ever used alcohol are the lowest in 10 years for all grade levels.
- We’ve made great strides in suicide awareness and prevention; education is widely available, and most youth-serving agencies now have plans in place to deal with the aftermath of the death of a youth by suicide.
- Middle school delinquency (shoplifting, damaging property, etc.) is down, with most measures at ten-year lows.
- Dropout rates at CHRHS are half the State of Maine average (1.5% versus 3.4%).
We know we still have work to do:
- Most of our young people who drink do so heavily (five or more drinks in one sitting).
- Knox County still has one of the highest suicide rates in Maine.
- Students in our state report being bullied at higher rates than the national average.
We need your help:
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