Directory to help parents tackle youth alcohol consumption

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Parents and caregivers can now be armed with information to help tackle Mandurah’s youth alcohol consumption following the Our Mandurah Community Alcohol Service Directory launch on Tuesday.

The School Drug Education and Road Aware (SDERA) Talking Drugs workshop held at Halls Head Community College provided an ideal opportunity to launch the new directory to nearly 20 parents attending.

The directory aims to provide Mandurah residents, particularly parents of young people aged 12-24 years, with a one-stop location with alcohol-related support services available in Mandurah and the wider community.

Mayor Marina Vergone said alcohol consumption by young people is a concerning issue and the directory provides a range of national, state-wide and local support services to help families tackle the problem.

“It’s vital that we keep our youth safe and we need to help them deal with alcohol-related challenges that they face,” she said.

“We hope this directory provides parents with information about reducing the harm of alcohol and the alcohol-related support services that are available for our young people.”

The City has partnered with SDERA, the South Metropolitan Population Health Unit, Palmerston Association Inc and WA Police with valuable support from Mandurah Forum to ensure the directory provides a useful tool for families dealing with this challenging issue.

The directory is an initiative from the Our Mandurah Community Youth Alcohol Strategy 2016-2019. The strategy provides a framework to assist in the reduction of underage drinking, promotion of alcohol-free events and to increase harm-reduction messages within the Mandurah community.

The directory is available from the City of Mandurah and at www.mandurah.wa.gov.au. The directory will also be distributed through community centres, local businesses, sporting clubs and at alcohol-related events over the coming months.