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Young People and Substance Use report

young people July 2015The findings from a recent briefing paper produced by Addaction and the Young People’s Health Partnership confirms that “substance misuse cannot be addressed in isolation from the wider issues affecting young people including sexual health, mental health and wellbeing, education and family issues”.  That is why Hope UK developed the 8-session ‘Drugs, Sex and You’ course for youth groups three years ago.  It not only includes drug, alcohol and sexual health education, it also covers life skills and builds young people’s confidence so that they are equipped to resist peer pressure, think for themselves and make their own informed decisions.  Please contact Debbie Devine at d.devine@hopeuk.org if you would like to know more.

The briefing paper also states that “peer to peer activities should be recognised as an effective way of delivering early intervention drug and alcohol messages to young people” and that “young people must be involved in all stages of intervention design, delivery and improvement”.   These principles are an integral part of Hope UK’s new youth arm, Generation Hope.

This past weekend, young people from Generation Hope put these principles into practice by assisting adult Drug Educators doing street drug education in Kingston town centre.  As anticipated, the young people attracted other young people to Hope UK’s interactive stand and for two hours they were able to engage in successful ‘peer to peer activities’.

 

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