Growing Happy, Healthy Young Minds
Edited by Dr Ramesh Manocha & Gyongyi Horvath
To read the full chapter go to Volume 1, chapter 9, pp. 133-149.
Research Assistant and Social Media Manager for the Positive Choices initiative
Associate Professor Nicola Newton
Director of Prevention, National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, UNSW
Dr Katrina Champion
NHMRC Early Career Fellow
Dr Lexine Stapinski
Senior Research Fellow and Clinical Psychologist, National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, UNSW
To prevent the short- and long-term harm that can be associated with early initiation to alcohol and other drug use, it is important to communicate with young people so they know the facts about these substances and how to stay safe. Equipping young people with up-to-date, evidence-based information and support empowers them to make informed decisions about drug and alcohol use.
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Positive Choices: online portal providing easy access to evidence-based alcohol and other drug information and prevention resources for teachers, students and parents www.positivechoices.org.au
Centre of Research Excellence in Mental Health and Substance Use (CREMS): contributing to the effective prevention, treatment and epidemiology of comorbid mental health and substance use disorders www.comorbidity.edu.au
National Drug & Alcohol Research Centre: A leading Australian drug and alcohol research institution www.ndarc.med.unsw.edu.au
National Drug Research Institute: contributing to preventing drug-related harm in Australia and internationally www.ndri.curtin.edu.au
Kids Help Line: telephone, web and email counselling available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for children and young people www.kidshelpline.com.au
or phone: 1800 55 1800
Reach Out: providing information about drugs, where to seek help and how to help a friend www.au.reachout.com
Headspace: information and counselling services relating to alcohol, drugs, education, employment and general or mental health for young people www.headspace.org.au
Lifeline: 24-hour phone and online counselling service www.lifeline.org.au or phone: 13 11 14
National Drugs Campaign: an Australian Government website that provides information about illicit drugs and campaign resources www.australia.gov.au/drugs
Counselling Online: free online professional counselling service for people seeking help with their own drug use or the drug use of a family member, relative, or friend www.counsellingonline.org.au
Australian Drug Information Network: directory for alcohol and other drug information services in Australia www.adin.com.au
Drug Info: online information about alcohol and other drugs www.druginfo.adf.org.au
Family Drug Support: 24 hour phone and online information and support for families of alcohol and other drug users www.fds.org.au or
phone: 1300 368 186
YoDAA: Victoria’s Youth Drug and Alcohol Advice Service www.yodaa.org.au or phone: 1800 458 685
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