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MAKINGtheLINK Indigenous Program
MAKINGtheLINK is an educational program incorporating a series of activities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander school-aged students, to encourage them to seek help for problems related to drug use and mental health, with a specific emphasis on cannabis. By seeking help early, young people are less likely to develop long-term problems as a result of mental health and alcohol and other drug use issues. Young people are reluctant to seek help from professionals and tend to keep their problems to themselves or turn to friends, parents or teachers for support who may not always know the best course of action.
This resource has been made specifically for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people in an attempt to provide culturally-appropriate and relevant information that these young people can relate to.
This program includes two resources:
- a teacher manual and clasroom activities
- a staff and parent information session PowerPoint presentation.
Accessing these resources requires the input of contact details.
Abstract adapted from the National Cannabis Prevention and Information Centre
National Cannabis Prevention and Information Centre (NCPIC)
University of New South Wales Randwick Campus
NDARC Building R1 Level 1
22-32 King Street
PO Box 684
Randwick NSW 2031
Ph: (02) 9385 0208
Fax: (02) 9385 0201
Makingthelink Indigenous program: promoting help-seeking for drug use and mental health issues among Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander high school students (2012)
National Cannabis Prevention and Information Centre
The MAKINGtheLINK Indigenous program resource package provides information about how cannabis, alcohol and tobacco use affect health and wellbeing, with a specific emphasis on cannabis. The resources are specially designed for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. This package includes a teacher's manual and classroom activities, and a PowerPoint presentation for staff and parents.
The teacher's manual and classroom activities includes:
- background information about the program
- 10 activities (including two supplementary activities)
- extra information for teachers.
The PowerPoint presentation for staff and parents includes:
- information about the MAKINGtheLINK program
- information about the 10 activities for students
- supplementary information from the program.
Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract
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