We know that the festive season can be an exciting time for many young people, with parties to attend, reunions with friends and families, and lots of activities and celebrations to be getting involved with.
We also know that this time can be difficult and sensitive for many young people too. This season can sometimes lead to difficult family situations that are hard to navigate and may leave you feeling overwhelmed or unsafe, such as parents or carers vulnerable to alcohol use consuming more.
Our Young People Team will be taking over our social media for the next twelve days and offering advice and guidance on how to stay safe and look after yourselves and your loved ones throughout the festive season. They’ll also be signposting to our fantastic young people’s services. If you are impacted by a loved one struggling with their alcohol use, or if you’re just looking for information and guidance on substance use, our Aquarius Young People Team are here to support you!
You can follow along with the campaign on our Facebook and Twitter or check out the hashtag #Aquarius12Days. You can view our advice sheets for Alcohol use and Staying Safe when you’re out with friends for even more guidance this festive season.
If you are looking for support, check out our young people’s services in your area here. Make sure you ask them their opening hours over Christmas to make sure you can access support when you need it. If you can’t reach our Young People team, see helplines below:
- NACOA, the National Association for Children of Alcoholics 0800 358 3456
- Childline 0800 1111
- Samaritans 116 123
- In an emergency call 999
We hope everyone has a safe festive season and a happy new year!