The Youth Network continued its bi-monthly online community of practice meeting on 18 November. Youth Network member, the Ted Noffs Foundation, presented on the expansion of their online Street University in response to COVID-related social distancing and other limitations on traditional service delivery, and attendees updated each other on the successes and challenges of their continuing adaptations to practice and service delivery in the post-COVID environment.
The long-awaited Find Hope (Suicide ASIST) workshop was held on 22 October in line with NADA’s COVID-safe policy and procedures for face-to-face meetings. The workshop, designed to improve suicide and self-harm prevention skills for those working within the community services sector, proved to be particularly relevant and timely given recent modelling by NCOSS predicting an increase in high or very high mental distress in young people by as much as 16.8% in the wake of the COVID pandemic.
About the network
The Youth AOD Services Network is a collective of community based organisations that provide specialist services to young people seeking support for alcohol and other drugs use. The group works together to enhance service provision, develop partnerships and improve referrals. They participate in a range of networking, knowledge exchange and capacity building activities and actively work with NADA to advocate for improved AOD treatment access for young people in New South Wales.
The network meets four times a year—for two meetings and two training sessions.
If you would like to become a member of the Youth AOD Services Network, please email Michelle Ridley.