Resources for Young People

The following resources are designed for youth. Young people aren't always keen on reading lots of text, but it's still important for them to have information if they want or need it. The written information downloadable here is presented in a youth-friendly, straightforward and interesting way. There are also links to other youth engaging websites and videos.
Alcohol and Other Drugs Youth Brief Cards 

Youth CardsIn November 2017, we launched several new Youth-aimed Brief Advice Cards that are designed to give children and young people a quick reference point to know what they need to know about drugs, where to get help, and what to do for a friend in distress.

These non-judgmental and honest reference cards introduce teens to the real deal when it comes to effects of Meth, MDMA, Cannabis, Alcohol, Psychoactive drugs, LSD and partying in general. Colourful and easy to digest, our Youth Consumer Advisor has consulted with us to confirm that they’re both appealing and suitable for the youth audience.

You can order these from the NZ Drug Foundation website by clicking here if you'd like us to post these resources to you for distribution at your workplace, or download them now by using the links below. 


Youth-Aimed Mental Health InfoGraphics

The following links provide infographics you can use as resources to approach the listed topics, supported by our Youth Consumer Advisor:

Problematic Gaming Resources: Fact Sheets

'The World Health Organisation has listed Gaming Addiction as a Disorder and can lead to an unhealthy importance in someone’s life at the expense of other commitments and relationships. Despite this computer games are amazing, they are fun and are a central part of youth culture. Furthermore the professional gaming scene is followed by tens of millions of fans worldwide with competitions even now in NZ High Schools.'   (Caleb Putt, Sorted Youth AOD Service, Tauranga)

What then does this mean for young people's wellbeing, when should we or shouldn't we be worried, and what should we do in light of any of this?

Sorted Youth AOD Service have put together a range of youth friendly resources to help raise awareness for parents and professionals as well young people regarding how this issues can lead to ongoing problems and how to maintain balance. The following include:


Our Drive videos series are designed to help young people navigate their way through child and adolescent mental health service. We also have one video designed to support families who are experiencing eating disorders, how they can help their child recover. The videos were created for us by Dion Howard from Peregrino productions in conjunction with a group of young people from around the country and the Eating Disorders Association of New Zealand (EDANZ). 

Click to see Drive Series


Time for a Change Series

Odyssey have developed four workbooks to help young people and their family/whānau make changes. Three of them can be downloaded here. If you are interested in the Home Detox workbook, please contact our youth team to discuss if it is right for you.

Click to see Drive Series

Workbook 1 - Preparing for residential treatment

Workbook 2 - Home detox - contact Odyssey youth team to discuss

Workbook 3 - Supporting your young person (a workbook for families)

Click to see Drive Series

Workbook 4 - Going home

Click to see Drive Series




NZ Drug Foundation: DID YOU KNOW? SERIES

These short videos and tools provided by the NZ Drug Foundation are designed to make it easier to discuss drugs and alcohol use with young people.

Click to see Drive Series

Useful helplines and links for youth

Alcohol and Drug Helpline 0800 787 797 Confidential support for dealing with Alcohol and Drug problems
Buzzed Online storytelling campaign aimed at stimulating conversation about the harms of Alcohol and Other Drugs for young people.
Common Ground Resources for parents, Whānau and friends to support young people's mental health and wellbeing
NZ Drug Foundation
Odyssey Youth Services
Pothelp Support for quitting pot
Quitline 0800 778 778 Help for quitting smoking Rainbow Youth
Say Yeah Nah
The Low Down 24/7 Counselling Service
Urge Helping youth in crisis 
What's up 0800 942 87870 Free phone and online chat counselling service
Youthline 0800 376 633 free, confidential youth helpline  


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