12-21-20 | Association News

NRPA Offers New Resources to Combat Substance Abuse

Two Resources can be Found on NRPA Website

NRPA Director of Health Allison Colman spoke about substance use and mental health in the industry as she said, "With substance use and mental health disorders significantly impacting individuals regardless of race, socio-economic status, geography or identity, these resources can help prepare park and recreation professionals to best serve their communities as staff confront related challenges in the public spaces and programs they manage."

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) recently announced that they are offering two new resources to help educate industry professionals about combating and reducing substance abuse and promoting positive mental health. The resources are funded by the AmerisourceBergen Foundation. This non-profit charitable organization works to improve the AmerisourceBergen Corporation patients' health and well-being by investing in communities.


The two resources are "Addressing Stigma Associated with Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders" and "Prevention Guide Addressing Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders. The first offering, in the words of NRPA, "provides an overview of various stigmas associated with substance use and mental health disorders, as well as how park and recreation professionals can play an instrumental role in addressing and reducing the impacts of stigma in their own communities."

The second resource offering "serves as a guide for park and recreation professionals to better understand their role in youth development, substance use prevention, and promoting mental health. The guide provides an overview of the substance use and mental health crisis in relation to parks and recreation, as well as how professionals can address these challenges and support positive youth development using outlined strategies."

To learn more about these resources, visit NRPA's page here:


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