Mentor UK, in cooperation with Adfam (an organization working to improve the lives of family members affected by the drug or alcohol use of a loved one), recently released “The Parents’ Handbook” as a free resource for parents and carers. It includes details on a range of substances as well as their effects, risk factors, and legal status. The handbook also contains helpful advice and tools on how to have effective conversations about drugs with young people to keep them safe from the ravages of drug use.
“Parents and carers are very often the first lines of defense in preventing harm from drugs. We want to protect our children, but sometimes we lack confidence, feeling that our knowledge is lacking. This handbook builds parents knowledge and includes some helpful ways of allowing those difficult conversations to get started. It is vital that parents can talk openly to children about the risks and they need to have accurate information particularly in a rapidly changing environment,” says Michael O’Toole, Chief Executive, Mentor UK
You can download the handbook here.