Christmas and New Year can be a difficult time for many of us. It brings pressures and problems to bear. Here is some advice for Christmas and New Year. Be careful about comparing yourself to others at Christmas Unrealistic media and advertising versions of other people’s festive celebrations can make us feel less positive. Be…

Tips for Safer Seasonal Drinking The drink can flow freely throughout the festive period. It’s tempting to enjoy yourself, knowing that you have an extended break to relax and switch off. But, it’s easy to drink too much. Children might see their parents behave differently from usual due to having too much – which can…

Alcohol Awareness Week 2017 runs from the 13-19 November. The theme this year is Alcohol and Families. Some people might not consider the everyday impact that a glass of wine here or a pint of beer there may have on their relationships. You don’t have to be a problem drinker for drinking to cause problems….

The Leeds recovery centre 5 WAYS will be showcasing its wide range of services at an Open House event on the 30th November. 5 WAYS to Wellbeing @ the Recovery Academy is the Leeds hub for those in recovery from alcohol and drugs. They will be highlighting the range of work they do to support…

​For World Mental Health Day 2017 two of the specialist team at Forward Leeds recorded brief videos about substance misuse and mental health. ​Matthew Gaskell is the Consultant Psychologist at Forward Leeds and the Clinical Lead in the mental health team.​ His video on addiction and mental health is below. He talks about the advantages of…

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Andrew came into Forward Leeds through a local GP surgery where he got and advice and support from Jane who works across a number of GPs and Health Centres in Leeds. Andrew talks about how Forward Leeds offered support and advice for him that enabled him to move on with his life.

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Aim: To increase confidence, skills and knowledge in aspects of Novel Psychoactive Substances Objectives: To look at the effects, risks, and impact of Synthetic Cannabinoid Receptor Agonists (Spice) An overview of Nitrous Oxide New emerging trends/risks/concerns Harm Reduction Messages To increase awareness of the types of support that individuals and their families can access in…

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Aim: To increase confidence and skills in the identification of substance use and links to mild/low level Mental Health. Objectives: To explore good practice when working with co-occurring issues To gain an understanding of a variety of substances that are used and misused. To look at what factors contribute to Mental Health issues? Initial Steps-…

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Aim: Increase participants knowledge, skills and confidence to identify those drinking above lower risk levels and the associated risks to health. To explore the impact of alcohol and overlapping issues of domestic abuse and alcohol. How to make referrals to appropriate services Objectives: For participants to revise their knowledge about the effects of alcohol. To…

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Aim: To build participants confidence and skills in delivering alcohol brief interventions to young people. Objectives: To provide practitioners with up to date information in regards to young people alcohol use, including government guidance and recommendations. For participants to revise their knowledge about the effects of alcohol on young people. To provide tools for practitioners…

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