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Sessions to help parents and carers deal with a loved one battling addiction

12 May 2017

Mitchell Shire Council is committed to helping young people battling drug or alcohol addiction by supporting a series of parent/carer drug support evenings.

The sessions, to be held in Broadford and Seymour, will be facilitated by a qualified youth drug and alcohol practitioner/family therapist.

They will offer an informal, safe, confidential and friendly environment where people can actively seek support or just listen.

Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda Sanderson said through seeking feedback, including the Youth Survey 2017 and Community Wellbeing Survey, Council had a good understanding of what issues faced young people.

“We know drug and alcohol abuse is an issue for some young people in Mitchell Shire,” Cr Sanderson said.

“This is not isolated to Mitchell Shire, it’s happening right across the state.

“It is important all levels of government are proactive and provide invaluable support services like these parent/carers sessions so that we can see the rates of drug and alcohol abuse reduce across our state.”

According to the State Government’s Crime Statistics Agency, drug offences in Mitchell Shire have risen every year for the past five years, from 123 offences in 2012 to 303 in 2016.

“Drug offences in Mitchell Shire have gone up 31.7 per cent from 2015 to 2016 alone,” Cr Sanderson said.

‘However, by investing in prevention programs, hopefully the number of offences related to drugs will start to decline.”

The sessions will be held from 7.30pm-9pm at the Broadford Youth Room (154 High Street) on 7 June, 21 June and 5 July, and Chittick Community Place (Chittick Park, Pollard Street Seymour) on 14 June, 28 June and 12 July.

Tea, coffee and refreshments will be provided.

The event is brought to you by Mitchell Shire Council, the State Government, YSAS and Mitchell Youth Services.

For more information about the sessions, call Mitchell Youth Services on 5734 6497.

For support about a young person using drugs or alcohol, call Youth Drug and Alcohol Advice on 1800 458 685.