Research indicates young people are reluctant to seek professional help and tend to keep their problems to themselves or turn to their friends, parents or teachers for support people who often don t know what to do. It is not uncommon for young people to be too embarrassed to talk about their problems. They may also be worried about the confidentiality of information they discuss with a professional. MAKINGtheLINK aims to reduce barriers to professional help seeking for cannabis and mental health problems. MAKINGtheLINK is available for FREE download in our shop.
The MAKINGtheLINK parent workshop educates parents about the adolescent barriers to seeking help for cannabis-related problems from a professional and how to minimise them. It explains what kinds of helpers there are in school and in the community, how to access them and how they can help. It promotes parents as important helpers, and teaches them how to assist and motivate young people to seek professional help. The multimedia vodcasts model to parents how they can talk to teenagers about difficult issues, such as substance use.
This package is an educational resource incorporating a series of activities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander school-aged students, to encourage them to seek help for problems related to drug use and mental health. By seeking help early, young people are less likely to develop long-term problems as a result of mental health and drug use issues. Young people can be reluctant to seek help from professionals and tend to keep their problems to themselves or turn to friends, parents or teachers for support people who often don t know what to do. This resource has been made specifically for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people in an attempt to provide culturally-appropriate and relevant information that these young people can relate to.
A downloadable cannabis education package for secondary schools with 12 classroom activities. The package draws on the latest research and evidence in understanding cannabis use, particularly regarding mental health implications for young people. The activities have educative outcomes in mind and cover four key areas: prevalence; facts about cannabis; impacts, consequences and variables; and helping and resources. Optional assessment tasks are included and detailed instructions and resources for each activity ensure teachers from a range of disciplines are able to facilitate class participation.