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    Andy's Story

“It starts to erase your dreams, your ambitions, and then before you know it you’re caught up in a cycle where it is very difficult to come out of”

Andy’s Story

“It starts to erase your dreams, your ambitions, and then before you know it you’re caught up in a cycle where it is very difficult to come out of”

Andy accessed Kenward Trust’s residential rehabilitation centre in 2002 and has since been working as a member of our Outreach and Think Differently team on and off for around fourteen years. He tells elements of his story to young people across Kent in order to educate them about the risks associated with alcohol and drugs, and how easy it is to fall into a dangerous cycle if you are not aware.

This year, with all of the added complications surrounding Covid-19, we have not been able to go into as many schools as we would like, to provide this vital education. Fortunately, due to funding from Colyer- Fergusson, Gibbs Laider, Kent Community Foundation and the Henry Oldfield Trust we were able to release a film and learning resource to all schools in Kent. The film features elements of Andy’s story, alongside the stories of two families who tragically lost their sons due to substance use in Kent.

If you work within a school both in our outside of Kent and would like access to this resource please do contact us by emailing Christy.bishop@kenwardtrust.org.uk or calling us on 01622 814187.

We are also now offering remote sessions to schools via Microsoft Teams or Zoom in order to safely be able to provide our educational sessions to young people across the county.

At Kenward Trust, we are incredibly passionate about providing this service to young people so that we can prevent more tragic deaths such as those in Owen and Will who feature in our film and resource. To find out more about these services click here.

Alcohol Awareness Week this year is based on alcohol and mental health, and with alcohol being described as ‘the UK’s favourite coping mechanism’ and many individuals drinking to try and help manage stress, anxiety and depression there is a clear link between alcohol use and worsening mental health. We believe that this education that Andy and our team provide can help young people understand the effects that alcohol can have on your body and mind and hopefully prevent unhealthy coping mechanisms from beginning before alcohol and drugs begin to “erase your dreams and ambitions" like Andy states.

To find out more about Alcohol Awareness Week visit Alcohol Change UK’s website here.

 

Sources:

https://alcoholchange.org.uk/alcohol-facts/fact-sheets/alcohol-and-mental-health

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