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I thought my behaviour going down was so visible and that everyone knew I was using a lot. When no one said anything, I felt like no one cared...and if they didn't, then why should I?

Schools have many ways to identify when student attendance or achievement is slipping, and these are the perfect times to have a conversation about the challenges a student is facing that may be getting in the way of their education.

Many students expect these conversations, and if they don't happen, will take it to mean that either people don't care about them, or the issues are not big enough to warrant concern.

It is common for young people to experiment with alcohol and other drugs. How you approach this issue depends on their age, the amount they are using, and the type of drug. Not all drug use results in harm or leads to addiction. Take some time, think about what you want to say, be as calm as possible when you start the conversation. Sometimes talking to someone else before you begin can help you to plan the most important things to say.

Tips for conversations

Students see Form Teachers, Deans, and Assistant/Deputy Principals as supports

Make uninterrupted time

Be open-minded, and listen to what they have to say

Encourage them to become more involved with school activities

Help them to get further support

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