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Substance abuse programme receives funding to reach more young people

14th March 2017

A programme designed to equip young people with the life skills to deal with the challenges posed by alcohol and drugs is to receive additional funding to expand its reach.

Mentor UK has been awarded a three-year contract, jointly funded by Public Health England and the Home Office, to further develop and deliver its Alcohol and Drug Education and Prevention Information Service (ADEPIS) for schools and community prevention settings.

ADEPIS eschews confrontational messages in favour of building young people's life skills and resilience, helping them deal with the pressures they can face and develop positive habits and behaviours.

With almost 44,000 professionals visiting the ADEPIS website since May 2013, the new funding will help Mentor UK ensure the programme can evolve and expand, as well as facilitating the delivery of briefings and seminars for teachers and practitioners.

Rosanna O'Connor, director of drugs, alcohol and tobacco at Public Health England, said: "The ADEPIS programme is a significant move away from the well-meaning 'hard-hitting' approach, which can be counter-productive, to one which focuses on building young people's knowledge, skills and resilience to make better choices."

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