Young people needed to help shape future drug and alcohol support services

Release Date: 09 July 2018

Young people are needed to help shape the future of local drug and alcohol support services and prevention efforts by taking part in a quick survey.

The quick online survey is totally anonymous and is open to all young people from Richmond upon Thames aged 11-19 years old, or up to 25 if they have a disability. It aims to gather information about the perception of drugs and alcohol across the borough.

We will be working closely with parents and partners in the community to raise awareness of substance misuse and support young people to better understand harms and make informed choices.

The survey looks at how worried young people are about the availability of drugs and alcohol, where young people are likely to get substances, why young people are using them, where they are using them and where they currently get information about the support available.

Feedback from the survey will be used to help shape how we prevent harms from drugs and alcohol among Richmond young people. All young people who take part will be entered into a free prize draw where they could win up to £50 for a high street shop of their choice.

Cllr Penny Frost, Richmond Council Cabinet Member for Schools and Young People, said:

“Although substance misuse is dangerous for all ages, it has particularly damaging effects on young people that can last well in later life. Research shows that substance abuse in young people is likely to affect achievement at school, mental and physical health and increase the chance of involvement in criminal behaviour.

“We know that young people who start drinking alcohol or experimenting with drugs before age 15 are five times more likely to develop alcohol or drug abuse or dependence.

“We want to make sure that we have the right services in place to help guide the decisions that young people make, but also the support available for those who are impacted by drugs and alcohol misuse.

“This survey is totally anonymous, so I encourage young people to give their feedback as their comments will be extremely useful in helping us to make sure the services we commission in the future effectively address their needs".

The deadline for feedback is Friday 20 July 2018.

Take part in the survey

Notes for editors

If you are a journalist and would like further information about this press release, contactElinor Firthon 020 8487 5159.

Reference: P339/18

Updated: 31 July 2018