There’s more than one way to build resilience

By Gary Lovatt Working intensively with partners from Health, Crime and Education it’s hard to get through a meeting these days without the mention of needing to build ‘better resilience’ in young people. Indeed it’s refreshing that after years of apparent compartmentalisation of behaviours into different areas (alcohol, smoking, sexual activity, anti-social behaviour, self-harming etc)Continue reading “There’s more than one way to build resilience”

Smoking and Drinking Behaviours are Improving

With 207,000 11-15 year olds estimated to take up smoking and around 80% of under 18 smokers continuing to smoke throughout adulthood, helping young people to better understand risks and norms continues to be an important marker in terms of risk taking and health.

#Neknomination – Just a bit of fun?

Gone are the days of passing on a chain email to 12 friends or risk never finding your true love – another online trend is well under way and it’s currently unavoidable on social media. ’Neknomination’ – the online drinking game popular with students that is sweeping the nation (and world) and most recently makingContinue reading “#Neknomination – Just a bit of fun?”

My Imaginary Friends Do It . . . so I will too.

You are already familiar with the term ‘social norms’ – the pattern of behaviour in any social group that is accepted as normal and to which all members of that group are expected to conform. This is a good thing when applied to behaviours that are beneficial to the greater society – drink driving forContinue reading “My Imaginary Friends Do It . . . so I will too.”