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Young people face many pressures in today’s complex world. Consider these alarming facts:

  • More than a quarter of 10th graders surveyed said they’d binged on alcohol in the last two weeks. Source: MassYouth Risk Behavior Survey
  • 88% of teens say it would be easier to postpone sex and avoid pregnancy if they could talk openly with parents about these topics. Source: With One Voice: America’s Adults and Teens Sound Off About Teen Pregnancy
  • One in eight adolescents may suffer from depression. Source: National Institute on Mental Health

But this is also true: when young people can openly talk with parents and other trusted adults, they tend to make better choices.

Partners Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is partnering with Jeanne Blake, founder of Words Can Work, to offer employees information and materials to help them start and continue lifesaving conversations with the young people in their lives. Words Can Work DVDs, booklets and website offer true stories, and insight from experts, about the challenges young people face growing up, including the use of alcohol and other drugs, early sexual activity, bullying, concerns about body image, and much more.

Blake is a medical reporter, author, and affiliated faculty member at the Division on Addictions at Harvard Medical School.  She produces, publishes and distributes research-based multi-media.

Blake provides consulting services in the field of family communication and speaks nationally to parents, work/life and health care professionals, and educators in corporate and community settings.  Blake has appeared on Oprah, The Today Show, and CNN.  She has been featured on NPR.

As the former medical reporter at Boston’s CBS4-TV and now with her Words Can Work materials,  Blake has worked with Partners HealthCare physicians, hospitals, and community health centers for more than two decades. Paula Rauch, M.D., chief of the Child Psychiatry Consultation Service at Massachusetts General Hospital is a key medical advisor to Blake. Funding from Partners HealthCare Community Benefits Program supports the distribution of her DVDs and booklets, including Alcohol: TrueStoriesHosted by Matt Damon and Words Can Work When Talking about Alcohol.

If you are interested in obtaining Words Can Work materials please contact Partners Employee Assistance Program at 617-726-6976.

Words Can Work

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For more information or to discuss parenting concerns please contact Partners Employee Assistance Program at 1-866-724-4EAP.

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This content was last modified on: 04/28/2017

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