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North Inner City Drugs Task Force


On the 15th June 2012 the Prevention and Education sub-group of the North Inner City Drugs Task Force launched a "Parent Pack". The pack was launched by local playwright and theatre director Peter Sheridan, and will be distributed through the local schools to the parents of 5th and 6th class children.

What's in the Parent Pack?

The pack includes a range of leaflets and booklets with support and help for parents and information about children's health and well-being.

All of the information is available to view or download below.

The topics included are

  • Helplines and local services that provide support to parents/guardians, children and young people
  • Information about Drugs
  • Alcohol and your family
  • Alcohol services and support
  • Coping with a parent's problem / drug alcohol use (for children, teenagers and parents)
  • Healthy Eating, Nutrition and Exercise
  • Youth well-being and Mental Health
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) Support
  • Information about smoking / quitting

Helplines /Local Services:

Helplines for parents/guardians, children and young people: Download

Local Prevention & Education Services supported by the NICDTF: Download


Information about Drugs:

Know the facts about drugs Legal and Illegal Highs - Parent information
Know the facts about drugs. Legal and Illegal Highs -  Parent Information
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You can order free copies of these booklets and download them in a range of languages on the HSE Health Promotion website


Alcohol and your family:

A guide for parents on teenage drinking       Is drinking affecting your family?            
Straight Talk:  A guide for parent on teenage drinking   Is drinking affecting your family?                    

You can also dowload this booklet in a range of languages from the HSE Health Promotion website


More information on how alcohol affects you, your health, your family, as well as advice for parents about teenage drinking is available on the Alcohol Action Ireland website    


Drug and Alcohol Services and Support: website  HSE Drugs Helpline

You can find drug and alcohol information and support on the website

The website also includes a nationwide services directory where you can search for Information, Support, Training & Education, Counselling, Treatment & Rehabilitation.

HSE Drugs/ HIV Helpline-1800 459 459 offers support, information, guidance and referral to anyone with a question or concern related to drug and alcohol use and/or HIV and sexual health. Open from 10am to 5pm Monday to Friday.

Email support 

Alcohol Service Finder

If you're looking for a service or support in connection with your own or someone else's drinking, the most important person for you to make contact with is your GP who will be able to offer you information and advice, and refer you to the support or service best suited to your needs.

There is an Alcohol Service Finder on the Alcohol Action Ireland website. This is not intended a substitute for contacting your GP but as a starting point in finding out about the help, services and support available.

Useful websites Advice, information and support in relation to how alcohol affects you and your family.

Al-anon/Alateen Support for family and friends of problem drinkers.


Coping with a Parent's Problem Drug or Alcohol Use:

 For parents of children aged between 6 and 12  For children aged between 6 and 12  For teenagers
Coping with a Parent's Drug or Alcohol Use - For Parents of children between 6 and 12 Coping with a Parent's Drug or Alcohol Use - For Children between 6 and 12 Helping teenagers to cope with a Parent's Drug or Alcohol Use
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Barnardos provides information on a range of issues including positive parenting, wellbeing, seperation, domestic abuse, bereavement, bullying, alcohol and drugs. Their Teenhelp section provides support for teenagers.


Healthy eating, nutrition and exercise:

Little steps to eating well and being active New Healthy eating guidelines Get Ireland Active: Children's Factsheet          
A guide to eating well and being active A guide to healthy eating Get Ireland Active - a Factsheet for Parents and Guardians
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The website Get Ireland Active has lots of tips and information on Physical Activity, and you can search for hundreds of activities going on in your area.


Good Food Quick Guides: Healthy eating tips and recipes

Bord Bia Healthy Eating Planner Weight Management Cholestrol Blook Pressure Type 2 diabetes
Healthy Eating Planner Managing Family's Weight Managing Cholestrol Managing Blood Pressure Managing Type 2 Diabetes
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The Bord Bia website has lots of tips, recipes and information on nutrition and healthy eating.

The Safefood website has information about food safety as well as consumer advice and healthy eating information.


LGBT (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgendered) Support:

BeLonG To Logo          Loving Our Out Kids

BeLonG To is an organisation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered (LGBT) young people, aged between 14 and 23. They provide activities and support for young LGBT people, and have a Drugs Service to address concerns people may have about drug/alcohol use.


BeLonG To also support parents who have LGBT children through LOOK! (Loving Our Out Kids!) website and support group.



National LGBT Helpline: Supporting Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, 7 days a week.

Gay Switchboard Dublin:  listening, support and information available to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community, their parents, families and friends, and to anyone who has concerns or questions relating to sexuality.


Well-being and Mental Health

Headstrong Parent Information about Mental Health Bodywhys Eating Disorders A resource for Parents Teenage well-being For parents of teenagers  Self Harm Parent Information Self Harm Information for Young People
Talking to your son or daughter about mental health and well-being Eating Disorders - A Resource for Parents Teenage well-being For parents of teenagers Deliberate Self Harm Information for parents / guardians Deliberate Self Harm - Information for young people
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Headstrong is The National Centre for Youth Mental Health - a non-profit organisation supporting young people's mental health in Ireland.

Samaritans 24 hour confidential emotional support for people who are experiencing distress, dispair or suicidal thought.

Aware Depression support, information, education, helpline for people in distress and their families.

Childline 24 hour support for children and young people in distress.

Teenline Support for young people in distress or who need someone to talk to.

Bodywhys provides a range of support services for people affected by eating disorders, including specific services for families and friends.

Barnardos provide information on a range of issues including youth mental health and well-being and Teenhelp provides information and support for teenagers. is a website that provides information and support to help you look after your mental health. is a website to help young people through difficulties like anxiety, bullying, depression, relationships and sexuality issues. is aimed at young people under 18 and provides advice and support about mental health and well-being.

Smoking / Giving up Smoking:

Effects of smoke on your children         You can QUIT




Information about the effects of smoking on your children.   Hints and advice on giving up smoking. Help information and advice on how to give up smoking.