New resources available! Trauma Matters provides guidelines for Ontario's substance use treatment system to incoporate trauma-informed practices into their work. Find it here. Also, check out Women and Tobacco A Casebook. It examines context and issues, advocacy and action, and women-centred approaches in smoking reduction and cessation. And it cites STARSS as a case example! Find it here.
And don't forget AWARE's new and adapted STARSS resources found in the STARSS Webinar section of the website. Want to find out How to Talk Like a STAR! Using the 5As? Want to Talk Like a STAR! Finding Your Voice? Are you a mom who wants to talk to others in your life about their smoking—take a look at How to Talk Like a STAR! For Moms. Need STARSS Worksheets and Handouts for all caregivers, not only moms who smoke? Are you a woman who smokes and wants to find out more about the process of change—then the Stages of Change for Women is for you. Thanks to the Healthy Communities Fund, Government of Ontario, for the funding to support this project.
The Spring 2013 newsletters are here! The Spring I'm a STAR! newsletter gives moms ideas for "how to talk like a STAR!" to other smokers in their lives. Click here for the newsletters and for the archive of great newsletters for STARSS moms. The spring STARSS News for service providers provides suggestions for "finding your voice" when talking to women about smoking. And don't forget to check out the great archive of STARSS newsletters for service providers. Click here to view them all.
A new project! We're illuminating the stories of women who smoke and experience depression. Called Finding Out What Works, we are talking with groups of women and service providers to develop women-sensitive approaches to support women who experience depression to cut back on, or quit, their smoking. By June 2013, we will have developed a toolkit and made it available on the website. Thanks to the Healthy Communities Fund, Government of Ontario, for their support of this project.
Participate for a chance to win a STARSS Prize Pack! The spring contest is here. All STARSS moms, tell us: Are there municipal by-laws in your area restricting or eliminating smoking in parks? If so, how do you deal with this when you are at the playground with your kids? Tweet us your answer or post it on our Facebook wall before June 30th, and you will be entered to win a STARSS prize pack! The winner must be one of our followers and she will be randomly selected.
Have you joined us on Twitter and Facebook? Here you will find STARSS messages, photos, discussions, and more. We're also on YouTube. Check out our first video presentation from our STARSS in NWT!