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Sesame Street Addresses Parental Addiction

Posted by on November 12th, 2019 Posted in: Children and Teens, Substance Addiction and Misuse, Websites
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Earlier this year, a fuzzy green Muppet, named Karli, was introduced. Karli is in foster care because her mother is in recovery. When a family member struggles with addiction, the whole family struggles. Children often think it’s their fault; they feel shame, embarrassment, guilt, and loneliness; they may feel invisible. It takes special effort to start important conversations and answer children’s questions. Resources have been added to Sesame Street in Communities to help break down the stigma of addiction a help families cope with the challenges of addiction together.  Sesame Street in Communities, is an initiative which provides online resources to parents, teachers, caregivers, and other caring adults to help explain difficult issues to children and comfort children and guide them through difficult moments.

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Carolyn Martin is the Outreach and Education Coordinator for the NNLM Region 5. She works with various libraries and community organizations to increase health literacy in their communities.

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This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Library of Medicine, under cooperative agreement number UG4LM012344 with the University of Utah, Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library.​

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