Drugs & Alcohol (Secondary School)
Are you a young person worried about your own or a parent's alcohol or drug use? Click here
Young people may take drugs and use alcohol for all sorts different reasons - often just for fun but sometimes to cope with difficult emotions. While some experimentation is to be expected, using drugs and alcohol to excess can make mental health difficulties worse, including anxiety, depression and psychosis. A lot of young people recognise that drinking or staking drugs can help them feel better in the short-term but can make them feel worse the next day, or in the long run. The links below offer unbiased advice on drugs and alcohol including information on many of the newer drugs and their effects. There are also helplines both for young people and for parents and family.
For young people
If a parent has a drug or alcohol problem