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In response to the current and emerging needs, our Project Worker, Britt Guy, will be refocusing energy on providing support to services that work with young people who use alcohol and other drugs (AOD) during this time.
 
As with many services, the AADANT team will be working from home for the time being. We know that during times like this, the most severe impacts of COVID-19 are likely to be amongst the most vulnerable members of our community. We are committed to doing everything we can to support our young people and AOD services at this time.
 
If there is anything we can do to assist you in your work during this time, Britt can be contacted by email at project2@aadant.org.au or on 0499 980 600. Please note that Britt works Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
 

Including Young People in your Service

We understand that, with the disruption to their everyday lives, young people will be dealing with a range of emotions during this time from disappointment on missing out on upcoming activities right through to fear about the future. We know that boredom will kick in, stress and anxiety may be heightened and there may be a resultant potential for new or increased AOD usage. At this time, it is important for young people to:

  • Maintain a routine, connecting with alternative services and family to undertake activities that fill the day.
  • Be mindful of social media use - the 24hour news cycle and level of information about COVID 19 can be overwhelming.
  • Get physical in the outdoors while staying mindful of social distancing safety measures.
  • Access support to talk about concerns and fears during this unprecedented time - remember there are a range of online and phone services available to support them.

Some great thoughts and guidance have been provided by headspace around Youth Mental Health and Covid-19.

Voices of Youth are providing some great stories about how young people are coping across the world during Covid-19.

A number of services across the NT are also busily building a range of activities and workshops that can be viewed online.  We will keep sending through links as these become available.

We understand that for many young people you work with who were already at risk and isolated, Covid-19 will only make this worse. We are keen to support you, to support the young people you work with and look forward to hearing from you about how we can do this uniquely for our regional and remote NT young people.

Fortnightly Zoom Meetings

Britt will be facilitating fortnightly Zoom service meetings for AOD services working with young people across the NT with a focus on providing a place to connect, support each other and to feed your needs and concerns through AADANT for representation to government. We are hoping to make this a place to articulate challenges, and collectively problem solve. Meetings will be held every second Wednesday. Please see meeting schedule below for upcoming meetings and times.

Date Time Zoom Link
Wednesday 3 June 2020 10:00AM-11:30AM https://zoom.us/j/922032819
Wednesday 17 June 2020 10:00AM-11:30AM https://zoom.us/j/922032819
Wednesday 1 July 2020 10:00AM-11:30AM https://zoom.us/j/922032819
Resources

Free Online and Phone Youth Counselling Services - click here
Virtual Activities for Young People created by Office of Youth Affairs - click here

We will be working on providing resources to support your work including:

  • Updates on what other youth services and recreational providers are doing within your regions.
  • National best practice insight for working with clients during COVID 19
  • Working with you to create online and physical resources and messaging to support your work.

AADANT is working to maintain a repository of practical resources on our website to support services in response to COVID-19 which can be found here.

Professional Development

COVID-19 SPECIFIC

Training in telephone counselling for AOD - click here

Tip sheet on supporting clients through COVID-19 Tips for Alcohol and Drug Workers - click here

Emerging Minds Supporting children during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic - click here

Trauma and the Brain from Youth AOD Organisation Dovetail - click here

YOUTH GENERAL

Youth Support and Advocacy Service - Youth AOD Toolbox

Open Doors - Perspectives on Working with LGBTIQAP+ Sistergirl & Brotherboy Young People - click here

Dots and the Brain - Neuroplasticity

Care Planning for Resilience from The Centre of Youth AOD Research and Practice - click here

We will be updating this page with information, support and resources for young people living in the Northern Territory. Please return often to see the latest updates.