BROOKINGS – Avera Behavioral Health Brookings, Brookings County Child Protection Team, Teesdale Law Firm and others join national effort with The Partnership to End Addiction to celebrate family with the second annual Brookings Family Bash.
The event will take place from 5-6:30 p.m. tonight at Dakota Nature Park and includes a free meal as well as multiple free activities offered by community organizations.
Raising Resilient Kids is a national initiative to promote simple acts of parental and community engagement as key ways to help prevent risky substance use among children and teens. Research shows that children with active parents and a community they feel they belong to are much less likely to smoke, drink or use other drugs.
“Every child deserves to grow up healthy and happy with an addiction-free adolescence. Parents, one of the best ways to help keep your children drug-free is to be involved in their lives, which includes being there for them at dinner,” said Jeffrey Lane, president of the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse. “The conversations that take place during family dinners give you a window into what your children are going through and help you keep the open lines of communication with them.”
Entities such as the SDSU Baseball Team, Brookings County Youth Mentorship Program, South Dakota State University Extension, South Dakota Children’s Museum, Brookings Area United Way, the Child and Family Resource Network and many others will be offering free family activities at Dakota State Park.
Creating concrete supports in the community and within family systems can prevent or delay alcohol and drug use among adolescents, which positively impacts their overall health. Avera Behavioral Health of Brookings is committed to strengthening families and community and believes that celebrating Raising Resilient Kids Family Day is an important first step.
For more information on the Brookings Family Bash event, visit the Brookings County Child Protection Team Facebook page or the Brookings Family Bash event.