To nurture the skills of resilience is key to providing young people with the ability to cope with stress, adversity, failure and challenges. Resilience is evident when young people have a greater ability to “bounce back” when faced with difficulties and achieve positive outcomes.
Resilience is required to refuse an opportunity provided in a social group to try or take illicit substances.
Drug is a word which can conjure up very negative connotations. Many adults assume the purpose of Drug Education is solely to warn children and young people away from drugs using ‘just say ‘No’’ messaging. However, Drug Education in schools today is much more rounded and balanced. It focuses on harm reduction, delaying first use of recreational drugs (both legal and illegal) and acknowledging the essential role of medicines in the lives of many. It aims to reduce the development of harmful patterns of substance misuse in later life, which may impact on aspiration, quality of life, physical health and mental wellbeing. Drugs are defined by the World Health Organisation as substances ‘which affect how you think, feel or behave’. This wide definition encompasses medicines, alcohol, nicotine, solvents and illegal recreational substances. When teaching children and young people the skills they need to make healthy, informed choices about drug use, schools should build awareness of safety, identifying reliable information, sources of support, influences from friends, media and family, and development of attitudes to self, others and the law.
We’re a young people’s drug and alcohol service. We’re here to listen and support young people who are having trouble with alcohol and drugs. Who We Are We are a free and confidential drug and alcohol service for young people aged between 10 and 18. We won’t judge or tell you what to do, weRead More About #POW
Cambridgeshire Child and Adolescent Substance Use Service (CASUS)provides information, support and specialist treatment in Cambridgeshire around drug and alcohol use to young people under 18 years of age and their families. CASUS is a NHS team that specialises in working with young people who have developed problematic or harmful use of substances. We see youngRead More About CASUS
Life Education Cambridgeshire & Peterborough
Life Education is a primary prevention programme focusing on drug and health education. We explore with young people how amazing their bodies are and how the human body can be affected by drugs. We develop understanding around physical and mental health. Through the ‘life skills’ approach, children are enabled to practise how to make healthyRead More About Life Education Cambridgeshire & Peterborough