CEO Blog

How to ensure prevention works for all

Michael O'Toole reflects on his first four months as Chief Executive at Mentor, and outlines two early priorities: to bring alcohol and drug prevention into the mainstream, and to promote and strengthen evidence-based prevention practice, both within our own work and in support of other agencies.

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Policy

Life lessons: PSHE and SRE in schools

Mentor welcomes and responds to the publication of the Commons Education Select Committee report about the status of PSHE and SRE in schools.

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Press Release

Mentor welcomes report of Commons Education Committee into PSHE

The alcohol and drug prevention charity, Mentor, welcomed the publication of the Commons Education Committee report into PSHE education. The report cited evidence of the value of quality PSHE on young people's wellbeing and made a number of key recommendations for improving provision, including statutory status for the subject.

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Policy

Five Principles for Youth-Oriented Health Initiatives

Public Health England (PHE) published a new framework designed to address the health needs of young people. The framework outlines key principles to improve health and wellbeing outcomes for young people and to reduce inequalities.

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Policy

Harm reduction vs. prevention

Mentor examines recent dialogue around harm reduction regarding drug use, arguing that ongoing discussions around drug policy needs to be refocused on bringing prevention into the mainstream.

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Press Release

New Year’s Honours for Kinsfolk Carer

EDINBURGH, 1 JANUARY 2015 – Among the New Year's Honours, Edinburgh resident Yvonne Ramsey has become only the second ever citizen to be awarded the British Empire Medal for services to kinship care. The medal, which is awarded for meritorious civil service, recognises Yvonne's exceptional dedication and relentless hard work in supporting kinship carers in Edinburgh and throughout Scotland.

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Policy

The GBG approach: can it arrest secondary school decline?

Mentor is currently trialling the Good Behaviour Game (GBG), an innovative intervention which has been shown to have dramatic benefits on children's behaviour in school. If proven to be effective in the English context, GBG could have a long-term influence on the problems outlined in the recent Ofsted report which revealed that secondary schools in England are failing in increasing numbers.

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Policy

Ambitious for Recovery: tackling alcohol and drug abuse begins with prevention

The Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) recently released a paper, Ambitious for Recovery, which recognises the rising social and economic costs to society and sets out "a new course" for an incoming government to address alcohol and drug abuse in the UK.

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Research

Breaking Out to Breaking Bad

One of the key findings from our work delivering alcohol education services in HMYOI Polmont is that, no matter how many interventions you provide, the young people must want to make positive changes in order for any benefit to develop.

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Policy

Why decriminalisation should not overshadow prevention

Mentor responds to the ongoing debate surrounding the Home Office's recently published "controversial" report on the decriminalisation of drugs.

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