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Parent University

Social Media and Adolescent Mental Health

How adults support their teens to safely engage online.


Social Media and Teens

As teen social media use rapidly rises, with 95% of 13-17-year-olds utilizing the platforms, there is growing concern about the implications of use on adolescent mental health and wellbeing (Pew Research Center). How can adults support their teens to safely engage online? Join the Northeast and Caribbean Mental Health Technology Transfer Center, Community in Crisis, and our esteemed subject expert, Dr. Delaney Ruston, for this webinar. We will examine the challenges and benefits of social media and gain practical strategies to support the youth with whom you work.
Delaney Ruston is a Stanford trained physician, international speaker, and filmmaker who makes documentaries to foster social change. She is the creator of the award-winning films, Screenagers, about solutions for healthy screen time and Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER, about improving the emotional wellbeing of today’s youth. Over 5 million kids and adults have gathered for screenings in more than 90 countries. Delaney has presented at Google, Facebook, The Aspen Institute, and her views are often in the press, such as in Good Morning America, NPR, The New York Times, and many others. She has partnered with the World Health Organization on advocacy and is a Fulbright Scholar. Along with filmmaking, Delaney currently provides medical care to the underserved and homeless, which she has done for 15 years.

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Marijuana - What We Don't Know CAN Hurt our Kids.

Community in Crisis was pleased to welcome Luke Niforatos from Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) as the inaugural speaker of our Parent University series. Luke’s presentation is entitled, Lessons Learned from Legalized States. Please take time to watch his presentation and learn how we can keep our kids healthy and safe now that recreational marijuana is legalized in New Jersey.
We would like to thank the Bernards Township Health Department, Bernardsville Middle School HSA, EmPoWER Somerset, Ridge PTO and Safe Communities Coalition for supporting this event.

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Lessons learned from legalized states.

Luke Niforatos
Executive Vice President
Smart Approaches to Marijuana

Luke Niforatos serves as the Executive Vice President at Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM), described by the New York Times as the “well-coordinated opposition” to legalization. Luke’s background is in nonprofit community healthcare, having helped manage Federally Qualified Health Centers and worked on health disparities. At SAM, Luke serves as the principal deputy to the CEO in his roles, manages the day to day operations of the organization, and serves as a spokesman on marijuana issues.

Parent University

Community in Crisis is dedicated to providing parents with the knowledge and support they need to help their children make healthy life choices. Our Parent University seeks to educate parents on the risks of substance use on young people and empowers parents by providing them information, resources and skills.  If you have an idea or a topic that you would like considered for a Parent University, please reach out to Susan Visser at Thank you!

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Marijuana Facts and Quit Resources

Know the facts in order to dramatically decrease the incidence of adolescent marijuana and substance use disorder, mental illness, and suicide, to allow our youth to live productive, happy lives.

Substance Use Risk Assessment
For Parents
Marijuana Talk Kit
For Parents
Cannabis Conversations
For Parents
Marijuana Curriculum for Parents and Teens
For Parents and Teens
How To Help Your Friends
For Teens
Prevention and Early Action
Workshops and Training
Recovery Support