Alcohol and Other Drugs - Youth Brief Cards
In 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.
NZ Drug Foundation: 'Did you know?' series
This series of short videos and tools is provided by the NZ Drug Foundation. These resources are designed to make it easier to have a discussion with young people around their alcohol and drug use.
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 issue can lead to ongoing problems and how to maintain balance. The following include:
Click here for more information on gaming resources.
The Drive Series
We have a video series that is designed to help young people navigate their way through child and adolescent mental health services, e.g. Medication, Types of Therapy and Clinicians.
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).
Support for young people and family / whānau going to Residential Treatment
Odyssey have developed workbooks to help young people and their family/whānau make changes. Three of them can be downloaded here.
- Workbook 1 - Preparing for residential treatment
- Workbook 3 - Supporting your young person (a workbook for families
- Workbook 4 - Going home