Let's Not Meet By Accident

This is a comprehensive education program to encourage teens to make healthy decisions in risky situations. It is presented by the Violence and Injury Prevention Program, an initiative of the Trauma Surgery Department of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center. The Goal of the program is to encourage teens to make "healthy choices in risky situations". Participants learn that traumatic injuries claim the lives of more Americans under age 34 than AIDS, Breast cancer, and heart disease combined. Staff who are regularly confronted with the tragic aftermath of drinking and driving stress the fact that alcohol and drugs are a factor in 70% of all traffic deaths in the United States. For more information, read our General Interest Letter.

During the "Let’s not Meet by Accident" program, participants : 

Lets Not Meet By Accident  
  • Visit the helipad where LifeStar medical helicopters land, carrying accident victims 
  • Go to the Emergency Department trauma resuscitation room to observe a "mock" trauma 
  • Hear a speaker whose life has been directly affected by injuries or fatalities suffered due to a traumatic injury 
  • Groups up to 60 persons can be accommodated. Teachers, parents and other family members are encouraged to attend with students. Two programs per month are scheduled from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Lunch is included.
  • Call 860-714-5808 or email MFelicia@stfranciscare.org for additional information about the services at this location, class information or physician referral.

 

Issues addressed: 

  • Teen Dating Violence 
  • Internet Safety/Computer Crimes 
  • Traumatic Brain Injury 
  • Violence/Conflict Resolution 
  • Alcohol & drug use 
  • Drinking/drugging & driving 
  • Seat belt safety 
  • Bicycle safety & Helmet use 
  • Speeding 
  • Buckle up - driving safety 

 

Relevant Statistics: 

  • MV crashes are the leading cause of death for Hispanics ages 1-44 
  • Leading cause of death for African-Americans from birth-14 years 
  • Injury related medical costs are 55% higher for those not wearing a safety belt 
  • 140,000 children are treated each year in EDs for head injuries sustained while riding a bicycle 
  • 3 of 10 Americans will be involved in an alcohol related crash in their lifetimes 

For additional resources: 

KIDS PEACE HELPLINE 800-334-4543
24 hr. Line to talk to teens & parents about stress, crisis, concerns.

INFOLINE 211
24 hr. hotline for confidential counseling and finding helpful agencies 

NINE LINE: 800-999-9999
24 hr. national crisis/suicide hotline 

AL-A-NON 800-356-9996
Help if you or someone you love has an alcohol or drug problem. 

INTERVAL HOUSE 527-0550
Confidential information & help if you are in a relationship that is violent or makes you feel unsafe. 

!MPACT Mourning Parents Act, Inc.
President Sherry Chapman 860-742-8933
www.MourningParentsAct.org ; http://www.facebook.com/MourningParentsActfans  

Injury Free Hartford
www.injuryfree.org/hartford
www.ccmckids.org/ipc  

Information & support website: WWW.TEENCENTRAL.NET