Mandurah tackles youth drinking with new help directory

The new directory hopes to assist parents and carers tacking youth alcohol consumption and provide useful information about support services. Photo: iStock.

The new directory hopes to assist parents and carers tacking youth alcohol consumption and provide useful information about support services. Photo: iStock.

In a bid to assist parents and caregivers tackling Mandurah’s youth alcohol consumption, the City of Mandurah launched their Our Mandurah Commmunity Alcohol Service Directory at Halls Head College on Tuesday night.

The directory was launched in front of 20 parents during the School Drug Education and Road Aware (SDERA) Talking Drugs workshop.

It aims to provide Mandurah residents, particularly parents of young people aged 12-24 years, with a one-stop location with alcohol-related support services available in Mandurah and the wider community.

Mandurah mayor Marina Vergone said alcohol consumption by young people was a concerning issue and the directory provides a range of national, state-wide and local support services to help families tackle the problem.

“It’s vital that we keep our youth safe and we need to help them deal with alcohol-related challenges that they face,” she said.

“We hope this directory provides parents with information about reducing the harm of alcohol and the alcohol-related support services that are available for our young people.”

The City partnered with SDERA, the South Metropolitan Population Health Unit, Palmerston and WA police  to ensure the directory provides a useful tool for families dealing with the issue,

The directory is available from the City of Mandurah and at mandurah.wa.gov.au.

It will also be distributed through community centres, local businesses, sporting clubs and at alcohol-related events over the coming months.

For alcohol and counselling support call:

  • Alcohol and Drug Support Line on 1800 198 024
  • Lifeline on 13 11 14
  • Beyondblue 1300 22 4636
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