Students learn about risky behaviours
MANJIMUP Senior High School students were confronted with some harsh realities about drugs last week as part of the Risk Intervention to Save Kids program.
The RISK program is a joint initiative between the Warren District High School, Warren Blackwood Community Health and Manjimup Senior High School and aims to educate youth about the danger of risk-taking behaviours such as binge drinking and taking methamphetamine and other drugs.
The program, previously coordinated by nurse Barb Gore, is now run by Manjimup Senior High School.
“We recognised the importance of the program,” coordinator Suzi Giblett said.
Students were presented with talks from St John Ambulance, the police and witnessed a scenario of a motor vehicle accident victim in the emergency department.
Students were also presented with talks from founders of the drug support group Doors Wide Open Julie Kent and Lina Pugh.
Mrs Pugh spoke about her son’s three-year addiction with ice, while Ms Kent’s three sons had also been affected by the drug.
Nineteen-year-old Doors Wide Open volunteer Courtney Marshall, who is in recovery, also spoke about her own experience.
Year 11 student Darcie Bowden said she learnt that the effects of methamphetamine were widespread, affecting your health and your friends and family.
“It was very eye-opening,” she said.