The College will be holding an important Parent Session to equip parents to have crucial conversations with their teens and tweens about the severe side effects of synthetic drugs.
Rodney Bridge, founder of Australian not-for-profit ‘Sideffect’, will speak to parents about the rise of synthetic drug use in Australia and its shocking effect on our teens and tweens. We would like to strongly encourage all parents to attend this important information session.
The session will cover the following topics:
- An overview of the new world of synthetic drugs and their effects
- How to start the conversation with your own teenagers
- What to look for in your child’s behaviour
- What to look for in your home (they look nothing like regular illicit drugs)
- How to get help
Tuesday 26 June
The meeting will start with a light supper at 6:30pm, followed by announcements by the College Parent Committee. The session on synthetic drugs will start at 7:00pm.
Maali Mia Theatre, Swan Christian College
This session is for parents and guardians only. There will be a session for students in Years 7-12 on Friday 22 June.
Sideffect is an Australian not-for-profit charity that is aiming to educate young people about synthetic drugs. The organisation was started by Rodney Bridge (who will be speaking at this parent session) after the death of his son, Preston. Preston died at the age of 16, after taking a synthetic form of LSD in February 2013, during the after party of his school ball.
Sideffect was born out of that understanding, that people need to know more about these drugs in order to make informed choices. The consequences of taking drugs, especially synthetic drugs, need to be heard and reiterated so that we can stop this epidemic in its tracks.
To find out more about the organisation, please visit http://sideffect.org.au/