The Alcohol and Drug Education and Prevention Information Service (ADEPIS), run by charity Mentor UK, is set to receive a boost in funding, Public Health England has announced.
The programme takes a novel direction in discussing drugs and alcohol with young people. It moves away from ‘hard-hitting’ messages, which have the potential to be counter-productive in trying to improve young people’s attitudes and behaviour toward drugs and alcohol.
‘Only by building children and young people’s resilience and life skills can we expect education programmes to be truly effective at preventing harms later on’ said Mentor UK’s chief executive, Michael O’Toole. He stressed that it is also important to establish local services to ensure the developments of effective ‘ecosytems of prevention’.