Drinking alcohol and getting drunk affects the way you think and feel. Alcohol can affect you even in small amounts. Decisions can be harder to make. And we think we can do more than if we’re sober. It’s one of the reasons so many serious accidents happen after people have been drinking lots of alcohol.
People choose to take drugs for all kinds of different reasons. It might be to fit in with a group, or to try something new and find out what it’s like. Or it could be to deal with family problems, or cope with difficult experiences you’ve had.
Maybe you’ve been offered drugs, or you know other people who use them. If so, it’s a good idea to know the facts about drugs and alcohol, how they can affect your mental health, and where to go if you ever want help and advice. There are always risks involved when taking any kind of drug. Some drugs can be unsafe and could make you very ill. Talk to Frank has honest and straightforward information about drugs.
It can be hard to say ‘no’ to your friends if they are drinking or taking drugs and want you to join in. Becoming more assertive is a way you can say how you really feel without being mean or pushy. Read more about peer pressure and how you can stop it at Talk to Frank.
Getting More Help
Talking to family and friends about your worries can help you feel more supported. You might want to talk to someone outside the family like a GP, teacher or mentor at school, or even a friend’s parent. Choose someone you trust and if you find it difficult to talk about how you are feeling, you could write them a letter or send them a text. Support is also available through Childline, Compass BUZZ, Kooth and Recovery College Online.
The CRHT team are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They provide specialist assessment for people aged 16+ who need urgent mental health care.Visit TEWV website
Getting Urgent Help
If you’ve seriously injured yourself or taken an overdose call 999 or get immediate medical advice from NHS 111.
If you are in a crisis and feel like you can’t cope, speak to somebody straight away. Search below for help or see the Urgent Help page for contact details for the North Yorkshire single point of access Crisis Service.
Things you might find useful
If you are a young person who lives in North Yorkshire aged 10-18, or 19-24 with SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability) and need support around drugs or alcohol, Humankind has a free, friendly and confidential service. Please submit the referral form to [email protected].Visit Humankind Call 01723 330730