The influence of various risk and protective factors change with age. For example, risk factors within the family have greater impact on a younger child, while association with drug-abusing peers may be a more significant risk factor for an adolescent. Early intervention with risk factors, like early aggressive behavior and poor self-control, is likely to have a greater impact than later intervention. Earlier interventions can change the course of life away from problems and toward positive behaviors.
The ADM Board supports multiple programs in area schools aimed at promoting social awareness, self-management, relationship skills, responsible decision-making; improving self-esteem and competency development; and improved teacher training to detect and appropriately respond to problems.
B.L.U.E. Program - Minority Behavioral Health 330-374-1199
B.L.U.E. (Believing. Liberating. Understanding. Empowering.) is a program that focuses on depression and emotional wellness through four areas: 1. Beliefs as well cognition driven behaviors 2. Liberating which is important in the sense of self-acceptance and expression and being one’s self 3. Understanding depression and suicide 4. Lastly, Empowerment is centered on empowering children to utilize healthy coping skills and resources to promote emotional wellness. The program consists of group programming for adults to support children in promoting emotional wellness and preventing suicide. The adults will receive similar information as the students along with learning how to intervene. The program understands the importance of engaging the children as well as extended supports. Methods include psycho-education, skill building, empowerment, family meals, role playing, etc.