Helping teenagers survive the party season

Helping teenagers survive the party season

Across the region, students are starting to celebrate the end of exams, with parties and ‘schoolies’ week, but for many parents it can be less than relaxing as they worry about how to keep their teenagers safe during the celebrations.

For the past 20 years a local health promotion program, ‘RRISK’, has been helping young people make informed choices about driving and celebrating safely.

RRISK stands for Reduce Risk – Increase Student Knowledge, and the program is all about helping teenagers remember the important messages of planning ahead, knowing the facts about drugs and alcohol, and looking after friends.

In November, the RRISK Program is being delivered to more than 2,000 Year 11 students across the North Coast, with keynote speaker Paul Dillon, Director of Drug and Alcohol Research and Training Australia (DARTA).

RRISK also provides support for parents, carers and professionals, with Mr Dillon hosting tailored sessions to help sort out fact from fiction on a range of current alcohol and drug trends and information on helping young people stay as safe as possible when partying.

The free community seminars are open to all parents and interested community members.

Wednesday 13 November, 2019, 5.30pm – South Grafton High School

(includes free barbecue- RSVP to sthgrafton-h.school@det.nsw.edu.au or phone 6642 1466)

Monday 18 November, 2019, 6.30pm – Tweed River High School

(RSVP to tweedriver-h.school@det.nsw.edu.au or phone 07 55243007).

Paul Dillon is also facilitating a professional development day for teachers and health professionals on Friday, 15 November, 2019 with an emphasis on school-based strategies. Please contact Lauren Stafford for more details lauren.stafford@health.nsw.gov.au.


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