Health & Wellness Masthead
May/June 2017

This is our last e-newsletter of the school year! To celebrate, we have packed it full of exciting updates, interesting information, and helpful resources. 

First up, congratulations to the winners of the 2017 CourAGE Youth Health Coalition's PSA contest! The contest was open to middle school students from throughout the county and the winners were announced at the PSA Film Festival on May 6. 

And the 1st place winner is... 

Drum roll please... 

Pinole Middle School! 

Congratulations to Talore Brehaut, Jiell Flowers, Abigail Ayala, Sanaiya Scott, Janiah Jenkins, Devin Jules, Demari Jules, and Ella To'o on your first place win in the 2017 PSA Contest!

Check out their student-created PSA
Talore, Jiell, Abigail, and Sanaiya proudly accept their 1st place award!

These students represent Pinole Middle's Project SUCCESS campaign group, coordinated by the Center for Human Development. 

Also awarded at the PSA Film Festival were: 

2nd Place PSA - Foothill Middle
Dylan Giesecke,  Sabrina Woo,  Evan Leach,  Alison Ennik, 
Skyler Santiago,  James Ward

3rd Place PSA - Diablo View Middle
Camila Balmaceda,  Alyssa Butticci, 
Rose Ets-Hokin,  Iris Ets-Hokin
4th Place PSARancho Medanos Jr. High 
Adriana Hernandez, P atricia Britton

Congratulations to all of the winners and thanks to our CourAGE Youth Health Coalition for hosting another successful and engaging contest! 

We hope you enjoy this edition of our e-newsletter and that you have a wonderful summer! 

Emily Justice
TUPE Manager 
Contra Costa County Office of Education
TUPE Monthly Themes
May: International Impact of Tobacco

Important Date(s)
  • World No Tobacco Day, May 31
Suggested Activities

Click here to view all the 2016-17 monthly themes and v isit our TUPE page to find even more monthly theme resources. 
CourAGE Youth Health Coalition
Accepting 2017-18 Member Applications

All Contra Costa County students who will be in grades 8-12 during the 2017-18 are eligible to apply.

The CourAGE Youth Health Coalition is a youth-centered and -directed group that plays a leadership role in addressing health-related issues. Past project topics include: tobacco, alcohol, and other drug prevention; PSA contests; youth events; etc. 

Application Information
Membership Application 
Applications are due by Friday, May 26.

For more information, please contact Derrick Kirk.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month
Mental health is an integral part of adolescents' well-being, and most young people experience positive mental health. 

Nevertheless, nearly one third of high school students have experienced depression symptoms, and about 20 percent of all 13- to 18-year-olds have had or are currently experiencing a seriously debilitating mental health disorder. 

Everyone has an important role to play in supporting adolescents, reducing stigma, and enhancing positive mental health. 

Tips & Resources: 
  • Watch this video: The Power of the Adolescent Brain with Dr. Frances Jensen.
  • Learn more about mental health disorders, symptoms, and possible intervention and treatment options. 
  • Check out the information and resources available from the California Department of Education, including the new Model Youth Suicide Prevention Policy
  • If an adolescent (or anyone else) is experiencing a suicidal or emotional crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK.
To-Do:  The California Student Mental Health Policy Workgroup is requesting responses to a brief, anonymous survey . It should take no more than 10 minutes to complete. (Contra Costa County Office of Education assisted with the development of the survey!) 
Thank You
We hope you enjoyed this month's  Health & Wellness Matters e-newsletter! If you have suggestions for future articles or resources to share, contact Emily Justice.

CCCOE Educational Services
Emily Justice, M.A., Manager, Tobacco Use Prevention Education

Pamela Comfort, Ed.D.,  Deputy Superintendent

Pam Tyson, Ph.D., Director, Educational Services
In This Issue
Upcoming Meetings

Comprehensive Sex Education (CSE) Network
Wednesday, June 7,
10 am - 12 pm, CCCOE

California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS) Training
Monday, August 28
9 am - 12 pm, CCCOE

TUPE Collaborative Meeting | Friday, Sep. 1 10 am - 12 pm, CCCOE 

Countywide TUPE Site Coordinator Training 
Thursday, September 14 
8:30 am - 4 pm 

Questions about an upcoming meeting? Contact Emily for more information. 

 Useful Resources

C ontra Costa TUPE
Information, Upcoming Trainings, & Resources

Surgeon General's Report on E-cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults & Website

Tobacco Prevention Toolkit Modules on e-cigarettes nicotine addiction, and youth development. (Stanford)


Contra Costa County:

Project ALERT marijuana supplement. Info for educators and students.

Tobacco Cessation
QuitPal  App

Additional Resources
California Healthy Kids Resource Center

All Kids Are Our Kids: Post-Election  Toolkit  for Educators (Contra Costa County Office of Education)

Connecting students and families to Homeless Services (Contra Costa Health Services)
* Flyer(English)
* Flyer (Spanish)

Fast Facts & Articles

May 2017 Fast Facts- International Impact of Tobacco

Tobacco use is the world's leading cause of preventable death. 

The top five cigarette-consuming countries are China, Russia, United States, Japan, and Indonesia. 

Increasingly, the burden of tobacco use is greatest in low- and middle-income countries that have been targeted by the tobacco industry with its deadly products and deceptive marketing practices. 



Oakland to take on Big Tobacco with ban on flavored products 

Binge drinking remains a problem despite massive decrease in teen alcohol use

Teen marijuana-related visits to Colorado ER rose rapidly after legalization

Educators and school psychologists raise alarms about Netflix series "13 Reasons Why"

Drivers killed in crashes more likely to have used drugs than alcohol

Contra Costa: Walk to stem epidemic of prescription drug abuse (featuring a quote from a CourAGE Youth Health Coalition member!)