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New directions ahead for youth with alcohol and drug issues

Waikato District Health Board (DHB) has kicked-off a series of meetings to consult with youth, their communities and service providers.

The aim is to share experiences and thoughts to reduce barriers for young people and their families needing support with youth alcohol and drug issues.

The Ministry of Health has provided the ‘one-off’ project funding to the DHB to develop a fresh focused solution for young people in the Waikato experiencing drug and alcohol problems, including youth with co-existing mental health problems.

This is one of the Prime Minister’s youth mental health initiatives.

The project is also making the most of technology to get their message out, with a Facebook page to promote to project to youth, webpages, as well as an online survey asking the community to complete. www.waikatodhb.health.nz/YouthAoD

The next lot of meetings planned by the Waikato Youth Alcohol and Drug project team are:

  • Tuesday 15 July, from 10am to 12noon at the Community Centre, St Peters Cathedral, 51 Victoria Street, Hamilton for youth workers, youth service providers, NGO organisations and school and training organisations
  •  Tuesday 15 July, from 5.30-7.30pm at the Alcohol & Drug Community Support Trust, 28 Manning Street, Hamilton for families /whanau

The team has already hosted meetings for youth, families/whanau and service providers in Hamilton, Tokoroa, Te Kuiti, and Thames.

Waikato DHB wants to improve youth alcohol and other drug services in the region and encourages members of the community, youth and families to have their say by attending one of the meetings or completing the online survey.

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