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Finding Support: Class Activity

  • Alcohol and Cannabis Module
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Year: Year 7–8, Year 9–10
Targeted Drugs:

Developers

NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Mental Health and Substance Use, National Drug & Alcohol Research Centre, UNSW. See Climate Schools.

Format

Class discussion followed by class individual activity.

Preparation

  • Print the “Finding support” worksheet (attached)
  • Familiarise yourself with some of the services students could contact for support (see below).

Activity

The aim of this activity is for students to learn about places and resources they can get help from if the feel they are having a problem with drugs or alcohol. Students are asked to design a front page of a website for young people looking for help with drug and alcohol problems. They can draw it or design it in a web-based program.

Background Information

There are many places that provide help for people who are having problems with drugs. 

Within the school, the people who can offer advice and support include:
  • School counsellor
  • Year adviser
  • Principal
  • Community liaison officers
  • Teachers.

It is important that young people realise that in the school system there may be limitations to confidentiality. 

Outside the school, further information can be gathered from:
  • Kids Help Line (24hr) – 1800 551 800
  • Lifeline (24hr) – 13 11 14
  • The Alcohol and Drug Information Service (24hrs) – 1800 422 599
  • ReachOut! website - www.reachout.com.au
  • In case of an emergency, ring ‘000’.

See "Where to get help" for more sources of support. Remember all these services are confidential, and the young person can remain anonymous.

Benefits

  • Students investigate strategies to seek help for themselves or others.

Evidence Base

Secondary teachers reviewed this and other Climate School activities, with 92.3% rating these activities as good or very good. This particular activity was among the most popular activities selected for implementation by teachers.

The benefits of implementing individual activities from the Climate schools has not been examined. The benefits of implementing the entire 6 session Climate schools program has been supported by multiple research studies, see Climate Schools: Alcohol and Cannabis Module.