Response cares passionately about the mental health and wellbeing of every young person in Oxfordshire. We encourage all professionals working in mental health, education, and social care to join us in raising awareness about children and young people who will be adversely affected by their parent’s and carer’s problem drinking during COVID-19.

 

Spread the Message, Raise the Awareness, Protect our Young People. 

 

1 in 5 children in the U.K live with a parent who drinks too much

 

“If Corona Virus had happened when I was a teenager, I would have been trapped at home with my mum who had a problem with drinking and used to lose control all the time when she was drunk. School was my escape and she also worked full time. With both of those things gone because of Lockdown, I would have had nowhere to go that felt safe from the drinking and violence it caused.”

 

Do you ever feel ashamed, embarrassed or confused about your parent’s or carer’s drinking? 

Are you a young person in Oxfordshire who is worried about your mum, dad or carer drinking too much at home at the moment? Is it affecting their mood and the way you feel safe at home?

 We want you to know that you are not alone and that you can get support. There is a lot of secrecy about alcohol and drug abuse at home. It is really normal to feel fear about sharing that your parent or carer is drinking too much. 

We want to reassure you that help can come your way, for you and your family, when you reach out. No child or young person should feel worried and unsafe at home.

 There are people who understand what you’re going through and can listen to you and find ways to help 

You can call these numbers for free support: 

NACOA: 0800 3583456 

Al Anon: 0800 0086 811 

 

Are you a professional working with a young person who you think is being affected by problem drinking?

 

Key messages to try and get across, taken from the NACOA guidance;

•         Their parent or carer’s drinking is not, and never was, their fault.

•         Alcoholism is like an illness where people have lost control over their drinking and usually need help to stop. As hard as it is for those around them, only the person drinking can make the decision to accept help.

•         They can feel better whether their parent or carer continues to drink or not.

•         Many families keep alcohol problems a secret, so sometimes it can feel like they are the only one going through this. 1 in 5 children in the UK live with a parent who drinks too much.

•         It is OK to talk about what’s going on and how they are feeling.

•         They are not alone and there is help.

 

For further information and guidance, you can visit;

https://www.nacoa.org.uk/concerned-others-and-professionals/help-and-advice.html