“Hidden in Plain Sight” Coming to Woodland High School Library
February 19, 2016

“Hidden in Plain Sight,“ an increasingly popular exhibit that helps parents, caregivers, and other adults learn to identify signs that may reveal risky substance use/misuse behavior by teens, is coming to the Woodland High School on March 23, from 6:00-7:30pm. There is no charge to attend, and light refreshments will be provided. It is highly recommended that children and teens NOT attend this event.

The “Hidden in Plain Sight” exhibit is designed to resemble a teenager’s bedroom and is a must-see for anyone with kids – especially teens – living in their home. Throughout the display are many “hidden” items that may indicate that a teen is involved in some type of high-risk substance use behavior. Many of the items found may also be everyday household items.

Substance prevention professionals, a substance use or mental health counselor, and law enforcement staff will be present to discuss the signs of risky youth behavior, the substances they may be using, how to talk with youth about risky behavior, and resources that are available to help. Attendees are encouraged to explore and interact with the display to get an up-close look at the items in the room. Participants will be enlightened, educated, and astonished.

The “Hidden In Plain Sight” exhibit and discussion will be presented by Healthy Acadia, a community health organization serving Washington and Hancock counties. The event is sponsored by the Woodland Recreation Department and Woodland High School and marks the beginning of Healthy Acadia’s substance misuse prevention discussion series, entitled “Dimensions of Prevention,” to be offered at the Woodland High School library. On March 30th, a presentation entitled “Marijuana in the New Millenium” will focus on the concerns and risks of marijuana use and the impact on the health and wellness of youth and communities. On April 6th, “Parents Who Host Lose the Most” will engage parents and community members in a candid discussion about the health and safety risks, as well as legal consequences, of serving alcohol to teens. All presentations will be held at the Woodland High School library from 6:00 to 7:30pm.

For more information about “Hidden in Plain Sight” or the “Dimensions of Prevention” series, or to host one or more events in this series in your community, contact Jenny Robish at (207) 255-3741 or jenny@healthyacadia.org.