Provide a trauma-informed approach
Fraser Health encourages school staff to use a trauma-informed approach to discussing drug use and overdoses. This means recognizing and acknowledging trauma, and being aware and sensitive to its dynamics. Some youth may be more affected by these materials than others.
Youth may have witnessed family members, friends, or significant others using substances, or may have used themselves. Youth who have suffered recent losses or who are coping with grief or toxic stress may also be triggered by overdose materials and education.
We recognize you are experts in what is developmentally appropriate in educational settings. Here are some resources for schools to educate youth on sensitive issues in a trauma informed way that supports their mental health