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For many young people, experimenting with drugs and alcohol is just a part of growing up. While not all young people go on to become dependent, using drugs and alcohol during these formative years can have significant risks for a young person's physical, mental, and emotional development.
At KELY, our goal is to support young people to make healthy choices, protect themselves, and support their peers. Our Drug and Alcohol Awareness programmes focus on two key areas: drug and alcohol prevention strategies and harm reduction.
Drug & Alcohol Prevention Strategies
Each of our Drug and Alcohol Awareness programmes aim to equip young people with prevention strategies needed to avoid, delay, or reduce using drugs and alcohol. This means addressing the key reasons that lead to drug and alcohol use in young people in the first place, including stress, boredom, curiosity, and peer pressure. Through interactive workshops and activities, we work to improve young people's knowledge of drugs and alcohol, support them to develop healthy coping mechanisms for stress, and empower them to resist peer pressure.
We also intentionally engage young people in reaching their peers and take ownership of their own learning. Many of our programmes include a project component, where young people take the information and skills they have learned to develop youth-friendly drug and alcohol prevention resources to share with their peers.
In addition to preventing the use of drugs and alcohol, we also strive to meet young people where they are in a non-judgmental way to reduce the harms associated with drug and alcohol use. We work to break the stigma around drug and alcohol use, facilitate open and honest conversations, and encourage help-seeking behaviour.
Our Drug & Alcohol Awareness Programmes