Mental Health

Promoting Resilience: Preventing Substance Use Disorders

Substance use disorders take a toll on families with young children. They make daily activities more challenging and impair parents' decision-making and ability to bond with their children. Parental risk for alcohol and substance use disorders can be reduced when programs support informed decision-making and healthy behaviors. This includes creating safe and supportive communities and connecting families to resources that promote healthy behaviors. Head Start programs can also support families by promoting resilience, social and emotional wellness, positive parenting, mindfulness, and self-care.