When students feel heard, they gain ownership in their health and become active in their school’s prevention discussions. Students who feel connected to their community perform better in school and are less likely to abuse alcohol and other drugs.
Our Student Soundboards, Community & Connection Survey, and pre-visit questionnaires provide the qualitative, quantitative, real-time insights that gauge the primary factors, such as their sense of feeling valued and school and by their peers, that significantly influence student health and well-being.
Student and other community insights are the mechanism for clarifying the roles that parents and caregivers, teachers and school staff, and other community members play in strengthening the school community's prevention network.
Integrated into wellness
"We know that certain mental disorders are established risk factors for subsequent drug abuse— and vice versa." (Nora Volkow, Director of National Institute of Drug Abuse). We also know that there has been a burgeoning mental health crisis among adolescents for the last two decades. It is time to help young people, their families and counselors, teachers and coaches, understand and address this relationship. Substance abuse prevention belongs in the same conversation with all aspects of health, including mental, physical, social, emotional and spiritual.
Ongoing and sustainable
Evidence shows that a sound network, or community, in which there is sustained and informed dialogue, positively influences the choices young people make. We have experience facilitating dialogue and education in over a hundred independent and international schools. But real and lasting shifts in a school culture come with from within a school community and happen over time. The work requires patience, focus and commitment. Soundcheck supports guides school communities through the positive change they create.
Tailored to your community
We develop strategies with each school for developing school-specific curricula and adopting community-wide, common language.