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ReachOut Professionals believes that with the right tools, any young person can be happy and resilient. They provide recommendations and advice for youth support workers, and educational professionals on a range of online interventions, tools and resources that can be used to support young people experiencing mental health difficulties and to build young people’s wellbeing and resilience.
Wolverhampton 360 is a service aimed at helping young people who may be worried about a parent’s drinking, gambling or drug use; or may have problems of their own. Whatever the reason, experienced staff and volunteers are on hand to help to provide information advice and guidance.
White Ribbon Association
The White Ribbon Association provide education about alcohol, drugs, tobacco and gambling. We take a non-judgemental approach and offer factual information about the potential effects of these on health, family, friends, society and the environment.
Schools are often the first place to detect changes that may be caused by an addiction. Teachers are well placed to notice the changes caused by substances on their students. This webpage contains help and advice on how to identify changes in students that may identify young people who might be displaying signs of addiction.
Addiction isn’t a choice, and people suffering from it need help to recover. The disease is caused by a variety of factors and leads to long-term negative consequences that could be deadly. Effective treatment for drug addiction and behaviour addictions exist to help addicts recover.
Parental Substance Misuse
Not all parents who drink or take drugs damage their children, but studies highlight that children living in such family circumstances can often be at higher risk of harm, neglect, exploitation, poorer mental health and life chances. Parents who rely on drugs and alcohol may additionally be struggling with mental health problems. This webpage covers where to find out more information about parental substance misuse, spotting the signs, and what schools can do to help their pupils.
Everything You Think You Know About Addiction is Wrong – Johann Hari
What really causes addiction to everything, from cocaine to smart phones? How can we overcome it? Johann Hari has seen our current methods fail firsthand, as he watched loved ones struggle to manage their addictions. He started to wonder why we treat addicts the way we do and if there might be a better way. As he share in this deeply personal talk, his questions took him around the world, and unearthed some surprising and hopeful ways to thinking about an age-old problem.