Drug Education - with The DSM Foundation
In this episode Dr Suzi Gage is joined by Fiona Spargo-Mabbs and Sarah Birkett from the DSM Foundation. Fiona and her husband set up the foundation after their son Dan died after taking MDMA. Fiona talks a bit about this, but you can read more on the DSM Foundation's website here http://dsmfoundation.org.uk/dans-story/.
Within this episode, Suzi chats with Fiona and Sarah about the foundation and the work that it does, as well as the evidence around what works, and what doesn't, in terms of drug education. The foundation's work includes providing material and training to schools, working directly with young people who can be ambassadors to their peers, and even has been involved with creating a verbatim play based on the testimony of Dan's family and friends in the weeks and months after his death.
Below are some useful links that Fiona has shared with me, some of which are discussed in the episode.
Drugfam https://www.drugfam.co.uk/ and helpline 0300 8883853
Frank parents' page https://www.talktofrank.com/get-help/worried-about-a-child
Alcohol Education Trust parents' page https://alcoholeducationtrust.org/parent-area/
Young Minds parents' page https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/for-parents/ and helpline for parents 0808 8025544
Teen Tips https://www.teentips.co.uk/
And then additional sites we also refer young people to -
The Mix https://www.themix.org.uk/
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