Teen Substance Use on Martha’s Vineyard. Attitudes and perceptions of key professionals, experts and community leaders on the island Interview and Data collection Presented by: Emily Davie Sarah Doherty, RN Zheni Gjoka Christina Iliades , RN Genevieve Verrastro
Attitudes and perceptions of key professionals, experts and community leaders on the island
Interview and Data collection Presented by:
Sarah Doherty, RN
Christina Iliades, RN
From the university of Massachusetts Medical School
“Parents believe that there is alcohol and drug use, just not that their kid is involved.”
“This is a culture of permissiveness and isolation.”
“School has become the center for ethical conduct of the teens and the community.”
“There are a lot of hard working parents, a lot of empty homes.”
“Partying and drinking and going out to bars is the norm on the island.”
“I get a sense that [parents think] drinking is ok as long as there’s no driving.”
“I’m a firm believer that we as adults must lead by example.”
“First and foremost the most important thing is to have good communication, and that needs to start from a very early age”
What community resources exist to support youth and families?
What additional supports for family and youth are needed?
What is the first step you think should be taken to address these problems?
What questions do you think should be asked on a parent survey when it is created?
“I think the island community is very protective. We come together when somebody’s ill or somebody dies or somebody needs help. This is a wonderful thing and the fact that the task force is trying to address this issue in a regional way… it’s much more impressive then if you were outside of Boston. When we do come together, that’s very important and very special.”
Interviewees for their honesty and time
Youth Task Force and Island Health Council:
Island Counseling Center and Martha’s Vineyard Community Services
Island Health Clinic
Health Care Access Program and Sarah Kuh
Martha’s Vineyard Hospital, especially for housing: