During adolescence, youth experience a variety of changes: physical, social, emotional, and mental. As youth navigate their day, they may experience stressors from school to peers to family. Some youth may turn to e-cigarettes and/or cannabis vapes to relieve stress and as a coping mechanism. This lesson will review stress, how to manage stress in a healthy way, and ways to support a friend who is dealing with stress, with the ultimate goal of helping you not turn to e-cigarettes to reduce your stress.
By hearing and participating in this lesson, students will:
Define what is stress.
Identify triggers and causes of stress.
Contrast healthy and unhealthy ways to cope with stress.
Practice and apply strategies to manage stress.
Practice ways to manage the stress of friends who vape (responding with compassion and empathy).
Discover which individual strategy to reduce stress works best for them.
Destigmatize mental health and substance use.
Stress is a part of everyone’s life.
There are healthy ways to cope with stress.
Using e-cigarettes and/or cannabis vapes are an unhealthy way to cope with stress.
Stigma of substance use may worsen mental health and underlying stressor.