Mates Help Mates

Mates Help Mates
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This resource has undergone expert review.

Year 7–8, Year 9–10, Year 11–12
Time Allocated

Partial lesson (under 45mins)






This video series is available on YouTube

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Video length: Four short videos, each under 4 minutes. 

This series of Australian videos demonstrates different approaches to starting a conversation with a friend when you are concerned about their drug use. The videos also show how to encourage a friend to seek professional support, and ways to make this process easier and less scary for a friend.

Expected Benefits

  • Increased understanding of how to talk to a friend when you’re concerned about their drug use.
  • Increased understanding of non-confrontational communication.
  • Increased awareness of support services.

Evidence Base

Expert Review*:

This video series was developed to help guide students in how to start a conversation to help a friend when they are concerned about their drug use and other mental health problems. The videos demonstrate how to approach these conversations and support a friend. The videos also demonstrate how to encourage a friend to seek professional support, and ways to make accessing support easier and less daunting. We encourage students to also make use of national phone services to obtain additional support and advice for themselves or a friend (see Where to get help).

* Review provided by researchers at the Matilda Centre for Research in Mental Health and Substance Use at the University of Sydney.

Page last reviewed: 23/06/2024

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