Almost 50% of sixth year students report drinking behaviour “outside of the normal range”
The devastating impact excessive alcohol consumption has on children and families and the human cost on road tragedies, mental health, suicide and self-harm, poor school performance and anti-social behaviour is a frightening concern.
The Alcohol Forum is working with the Directors of Education Centres in Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim, Cavan and Monaghan to support teachers and schools to tackle the drinking culture of young people in the North West. We know now that parents and schools can work together in a way that can successfully delay young people drinking.
We would like to invite you, your Guidance Counsellor, Year Heads and Parent Council representative to a seminar in the Great Northern Hotel, Bundoran (March 27th) that will look at a programme implemented very successfully in the Netherlands which has worked to defer the onset of and reduce heavy drinking in 13, 14 and 15year old students. This is an innovative programme involving a school wide approach and contributes to student’s health and wellbeing.
Professor Ina Koning from the Centre of Child and Adolescent Studies at the University of Utrecht will host the seminar and will share her experience of the PAS Pi Programme. She will provide an opportunity for you to look at how the Pas Pi Programme can be implemented and supported in schools in the North West.
We very much look forward to seeing you or your school representative on the day. Please see attached flyer for full seminar details..
We would be grateful if you could please contact the centre at 047 74000 to let us know who will be attending from your school on or before Monday 20th March.