Info and support for parents

Useful sources of information, advice and support

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Talk to Frank is run by Public Health England to provide information and advice to young people and parents about drugs and alcohol. It has an extensive list of drugs including many common street names, and a live webchat.

The Mix

The Mix is a charity offering a free and confidential multi-channel service for 13-25 year olds on a range of issues that might affect them, including drugs and alcohol, via their phone, email, peer to peer and counselling services.

Alcohol Education Trust

AET is an alcohol education charity providing evidence-based resources for young people (11-18yrs), their parents and teachers. The website has a range of useful information for parents, and access to planning and resources for alcohol education lessons for teachers, including for SEND. 

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Drinkaware

Drinkaware is a charity funded by the drinks industry working to reduce alcohol misuse and harm in the UK. They provide information, advice and tools to help people make better choices about drinking, including for parents.

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Drugsand.me provides advice for parents about having conversations with their children as well as detailed harm reduction advice for older teens-plus.

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Drug Science

Drug Science was founded in 2010 by Professor David Nutt, former Chair of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs. It is an independent, science-led drugs charity, bringing together leading drugs experts from a wide range of specialisms.  The website has detailed information about different substances, articles, podcasts and research.

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Young Minds provides information and advice about issues relating to mental health, including for advice and a helpline for parents 0808-802-5544, and a text alert system for young people – text YM to 85258

Say Why to Drugs podcast

A series of podcasts on drugs and drug-related issues with Dr Suzi Gage, an academic psychologist and epidemiologist at Liverpool University, providing non-judgemental and research-based information about drugs and issues relating to drugs and alcohol in conversation with a range of people involved in the field.

Drugfam

A charity providing support for families, friends and partners who are struggling to cope with a loved one’s addiction to drugs or alcohol, and for those who have been bereaved by addiction or related causes. Their helpline is available between 9am and 9pm seven days a week on 0300 888 3853

A charity working to improve life for families affected by drugs and alcohol use, providing information, advice and support online and about local support groups for families.

Teen Tips

Teen Tips provides online and onsite courses, podcasts and resources to equip parents and educators with the knowledge, confidence and skills to support young people as they navigate everything from relationships, pornography, alcohol, drugs and social networking to exam stress, perfectionism, body image, gaming and gambling.

A page of FAQs for parents of children at – or going to – university, as well as information about how students can access support and advice themselves.

Festivalsafe

A website providing a range of information and advice about how to stay safe at festivals.