Supporting Health Awareness and Resiliency Education (SHARE) Coalition.
Goals of SHARE
· Petersburg’s families and individuals will be free from the harmful effects of substance use, dependency and addiction.
· Petersburg’s children, youth and adults will be mentally healthy and living successfully.
· All community members are connected, resilient and have basic life skills.
The SHARE coalition was formed in 2006 with the purpose of promoting a healthy community using effective practices and partnerships. Since establishment, they have been assessing the Petersburg community’s behavioral health issues, identifying program needs, identifying risk and protective factors, cataloging related resources, coordinating a planned response, determining strategies, and evaluating & reevaluating the SHARE program’s efficacy.
What We Do
The SHARE coalition is broad-based, enhancing the community’s capacity to effectively provide prevention and early intervention services. It distributes and reports the results of the community-wide Attitudes and Beliefs survey every other year.
The SHARE program uses an environmental approach and community-based processes to address high-risk behaviors and increase resiliency. The strategies are aimed at changing community norms and attitudes about alcohol and illegal drugs, drinking and driving, and suicide. They work to increase local enforcement in limiting the availability of alcohol and drugs, and to strengthen judicial sentencing related to distribution of alcohol and drugs. It has demonstrated changes in community expectations related to the substance abuse, chemical dependence and the sale of intoxicants to minors.
Prevention strategies also include dissemination of other information, community education on suicide prevention and post-intervention, and individual support and referral.