Resources for Parents

A Note to Parents:

You know your child better than anyone else, so please trust your instincts. Seek help at the first sign that there may be a need to. Love your child enough to take action – it may save their life.
The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids Helpline is a toll-free, national Helpline, helping parents whose children are misusing drugs or alcohol take effective action to support their loved one.

To contact the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids Helpline:


  • 1-855-DRUGFREE (855-378-4373)

The trained specialists listen to the each caller’s story and then propose a plan of action.

  • Calls are free and confidential
  • Open Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm ET
  • Closed weekends and holidays
  • English and Spanish

Educating yourself is a step to addressing harmful substance use in your family and community.

Signs that your loved one may be using substances:

  • Abrupt changes in behavior such as declining school work and grades, loss of interest in activities, less honesty
  • Changes in sleeping habits
  • Abnormal health issues
  • Deteriorating relationships with family and/or friends
  • Changes in friends and groups

What you can do:

  • Stay up to date on drug trends by speaking with your child and reading the news
  • Use teachable moments to discuss the facts and risks
  • Know where your child is going, who they are with, and when they will return
  • Network with other parents
  • Keep alcohol and prescription drugs in a safe place
  • Set limits
  • Communicate with your child
  • Get professional help

Tips to help communicate with your child:

  • Clearly communicate the risks
  • Express your disapproval
  • Use “teachable moments”
  • Frequently talk and listen to them about how things are going in their lives

Need help starting the conversation? Here are resources on how to talk to your children or loved ones.

You can also request to host or attend a Parents You Matter workshop. Through this training, you will learn about signs and symptoms of harmful substance use and obtain the skills to address it through effective communication and education about the risks and protective factors that make kids vulnerable.

To learn more or request a training, contact us.

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The Staten Island Partnership For Community Wellness provides backbone support to initiatives and moving towards the integration of behavioral and physical health across systems.

We provide:

  • Coalition Building
  • Project Planning & Management
  • Partner Engagement
  • Facilitation
  • Communication and Education
  • Data Collection and Sharing
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  • Policy and Advocacy

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