Funds for cam­paign

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A cam­paign to in­crease aware­ness of al­co­hol and drug prob­lems has re­ceived a fund­ing boost after show­ing promis­ing re­sults since its launch in 2012.

The State Gov­ern­ment will in­ject $890,000 into the Strong Spirit, Strong Mind cam­paign de­signed to pre­vent or de­lay young in­dige­nous peo­ple tak­ing up al­co­hol and drug habits.

Men­tal Health Min­is­ter An­drea Mitchell said 83 per cent of in­dige­nous peo­ple were more aware of the harm caused by drugs and al­co­hol after tak­ing part in the cam­paign.

She said the cam­paign had long-term po­ten­tial to re­duce the in­ci­dence of foetal al­co­hol spec­trum dis­or­der in Abo­rig­i­nal com­mu­ni­ties.

The cam­paign uses so­cial media to en­able young Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple to talk about the harm­ful ef­fects of al­co­hol and other drug use. A van vis­its com­mu­nity events pro­vid­ing free wi-fi, hot drinks and a place to find in­for­ma­tion on lo­cal sup­port services.

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