Healthy Schools: substance misuse
Providing support for young people who exhibit risk-taking behaviours such as substance and alcohol use can be difficult and disrupt class. Sometimes children/young people are greatly affected by the substance use of family members. Here are some resources to help.
How to refer a family or young person
If you're concerned about a young person or a pupil’s family member, our page on alcohol and drugs misuse includes all the up-to-date contacts for specialist services in Haringey and nationally.
And learn more about how Insightful Families works in Haringey, providing a whole family approach to recovery (external link).
Alcohol as a coping mechanism
If you would like to know how alcohol can be used to cope, and when it becomes an issue, this 20-minute presentation from Insightful Families during the March Emotional Wellbeing Forum has some useful insight.
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This Public Health England (PHE) lesson plan (external link) helps students explore the reasons why some young people choose to drink alcohol and the impact this can have on them. (Includes a PowerPoint presentation, activities and films).
For young people
This guide from the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families (external link - PDF, 1.3MB) supports mental health and wellbeing in secondary schools. Page 6 is dedicated to drug and alcohol use.
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