LONDON, 17 NOVEMBER 2017 — Today, the charity Mentor UK launches a new short video about the risks of taking new psychoactive substances (NPS). It was developed in conjunction with the youth organisation Tokko as part of Project Aware, Mentor’s ongoing NPS awareness work in Luton under banner of Why Not Find Out.
Project Aware brings a sustainable, whole-community system change approach to prevention through capacity-building, culture change and increased collaboration within and among community members. The programme provides young people, aged 12-25 with the right tools to: 1) better respond to and mitigate these risks, 2) better support young people and 3) respond to young people’s real needs through improved service provision, education and prevention activities.
Mentor’s Head of Programmes Jamila Boughelaf said, “This video will help young people consider the risks presented by NPS. Often it is peer-to-peer advice which makes young people think more carefully about these and other substances. It is important to correct misconceptions and remind young people the majority of their peers are not taking drugs. Raising awareness of NPS through this video is a vital part of our work within the community to overcome challenges involving substance misuse.”
Notes for Editors
1) Mentor UK is the UK’s leading charity working to prevent the misuse of alcohol and drugs among children and young people. They run evidence-based programmes in a variety of settings for different groups of young people. Mentor developed ADEPIS, the leading source of alcohol and drug education resources for schools, and now maintains the CAYT repository of impact studies of evidence-based programmes.
2) Mentor (and previously Angelus) has worked with Tokko in Luton since 2015 raising awareness of the harms of NPS and other substances. The video was produced by Onstory and it can be viewed from this link https://youtu.be/KuO2QQL6BS4 and http://www.wnfo.org.uk/media/
3) TOKKO is a youth charity that is inclusive, welcoming all young people in Luton and the surrounding area primarily between 13 and 19 (up to 24 with a disability); providing informal learning activities and supporting bespoke programs for young people aged between 10 and 25 to improve their life chances across various funded projects.
4) If you wish to interview Mentor Head of Programmes Jamila Boughelaf, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07580 469818 or Jeremy Sare on 07747 727993.