Happy Spring! It was a long, cold winter around here, so we are glad to see the warmer temperatures and the little spring flowers arrive at last.
Print copies of our new AWARE resource, SIDE by SIDE: a toolkit for service providers, are sold out! But you can view it here.
In SIDE by SIDE, we have illuminated the stories of women who smoke and experience depression. We also provide insights, women's voices, and a suggested group model for women-sensitive approaches to support women who experience depression to cut back on, or quit, their smoking. SIDE by SIDE is available on the website. Click here to view it. Thanks to the Healthy Communities Fund, Government of Ontario, for their support of this project. And many thanks to all of the women (especially Tess, Catherine, Donna, Elizabeth, Louise, and Lucielle) who shared their stories with us. We could never have done this without you.
Other new resources also 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.
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!