Perry County Community Task Force
Lessons Cover in LifeSkills Training
Drug Abuse and Violence
Coping with Anxiety
Coping with Anger
Resisting Peer Pressure
In 2008 the LifeSkills Prevention Program was started. This evidence-based program is available for grades seven through twelve, in all the schools in Perry County. It provides students with knowledge and skills to: develop a positive self-image; think clearly and make informed decisions; cope with pressure from the media; manage anxiety; communicate effectively; build healthy relationships; handle social situations; resist peer pressure; and say NO to tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs.
These lessons are delivered in the classrooms, using a combination of science-based curriculum, coaching with peer interaction, and provider-led activities. At present, four sessions are provided for the seventh graders, a 14-week program is available for the eighth graders, followed with a 9-week program for the ninth graders, and concluding with four sessions for the tenth graders.
The SOS Signs of Suicide Program was added in 2008. This suicide program is presented in all the schools in Perry County in seventh/eighth grade and in tenth grade.