The Northern New England Poison Center and Safe Kids Vermont has developed a new nationally accredited toolkit for primary care providers, parents, and other key stakeholders. Across the country, a growing number of young people are attempting to hurt themselves by poisoning. The full toolkit and available resources can be found on the Northern New England Poison Center website.
Resources for Parents and Caregivers
- Youth Self-Poisoning Parent Fact Sheet
- Youth Self-Poisoning Prevention Response Plan
- Mental Health, Self-Harm, and Your Teen
- Short video about Teen Medication Safety (11 minutes)
Vermont educator Gayle Finkelstein describes the ways that teens are at risk for medication poisonings, with a focus on self-harm, and offers steps that parents can take to prevent poisonings and help their children learn to take medication safely. This video was produced in collaboration with Safe Kids Vermont. While the statistics used in this video are for Vermont, the trends described in the video apply to Maine and New Hampshire as well, and the tips provided can be helpful to parents anywhere.
Resource for Health Care Providers
Preventing Intentional Self-Poisoning in Youth: A Toolkit for Vermont Health Care Providers was developed by the NNEPC in collaboration with Safe Kids Vermont. This toolkit provides background information on the rise of self-harm poisonings in teenagers and tools that primary care providers can use in their practices to help prevent these poisonings. While the toolkit contains data and resources specific to Vermont, the trends are similar across northern New England, and the framework of the toolkit can help providers anywhere.
Self-Poisoning Prevention: Vermont Provider Toolkit