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Anxiety is a natural feeling that everyone experiences from time to time. Your child may feel particularly anxious before a test, for example. But when normal activities like going to school or extracurricular activities cause unease and panic, these feelings could signal a more serious anxiety disorder. Teens suffering from anxiety disorders essentially feel incapable…

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Compass Mark offers numerous school-based prevention programs that serve kindergarten through 12th grade students in our community. Now, thanks to the hard work of Public Relations majors at Millersville University, we’re one step closer to serving more students at the college level. The college years can be a particularly vulnerable time. In fact, studies have…

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When the term “substance abuse” is mentioned, your mind likely goes to Pennsylvania’s much-publicized opioid crisis, but the issues of substance abuse are much broader.  While they receive special attention in October during National Substance Abuse Prevention Month, these issues require attention all year round. That’s why Compass Mark’s dedicated Prevention Specialists work to build…

Compass Mark’s lending library is now offering free streaming options for people who live and work in Lancaster County. The titles are available to stream any time from any device. The lending library offers resources for addiction counselors, parents, educators, faith-based organizations and others interested in promoting healthy behaviors. Compass Mark’s library covers a wide variety…

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Most people know that traumatic experiences can have severe impacts on children, but they don’t always know how to help. After witnessing or experiencing trauma—which could take the form of anything from natural disasters to the incarceration of a parent—many children experience symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), as well as anxiety and depression, behavioral…

Register today for the first-ever Prevention Convention!  Compass Mark is inviting children, youth and families in our community to join us on Sunday, March 18th from 1pm to 5pm at Go ‘N Bananas in Lancaster. We are planning an exciting day of free activities and giveaways to educate our community about addiction prevention: Laser Frenzy–…

Working in the helping professions isn’t easy. Doing so during an addiction epidemic is harder still. If hope doesn’t prevail, we cannot continue. Interventions for addiction fall along a continuum- from health promotion and prevention to treatment and finally, long-term support for recovery. We’d like to share hope today, and we find it at every…

Do you know how Compass Mark uses the six federal strategies for addiction prevention? December is National Drunk and Drugged Driving Awareness Month, the perfect time for you to familiarize yourself with how prevention is done. We’ve Simplified this Balancing Act So You Can Tackle It With Ease Two underage teenagers decide to try alcohol…

There are a variety of reasons why a young person may begin using alcohol or drugs. While most people don’t actually develop addiction, researchers have identified several major risk factors that may lead to drug or alcohol abuse in teens. Can you recognize them? Think about the children and teens in your life and learn what…

Future Generations isn’t just a program offered by Compass Mark, but an opportunity for participants of all ages to be given tools to change their lives. One Future Generations (FG) participant shared her experience: “FG has given me a second home with an amazing extended family. The relationships I have built through this program have…

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