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The NFSN’s new Young Persons’ Support Programme will be launched at Annual Work Conference 2015

The new Young Persons’ Support Programme has been specially designed for those aged under 18 and living with issues of substance misuse.

The National Family Support Network (NFSN) is delighted to announce that it will officially launch its brand new Young Persons’ Support Programme (YPSP) at this year’s Annual Work Conference. The new programme helps young people living with substance misuse, explore and understand their current situation while also learning positive ways to deal with difficult circumstances through the use of art, drama, discussion games and a group outing. 

The programme will be launched at the Network’s Annual Work Conference, which will take place on Saturday the 24th of October 2014 in the Citywest Hotel in Saggart, Co. Dublin. Minister for State with special responsibility for Drugs Strategy Aodhán Ó Ríordáin will speak at the conference and other key note speakers include Denis O’Driscoll Chief Pharmacist, Addiction Services with the HSE who will talk about the Methadone protocol and Anna Quigley from Citywide who will speak on the Decriminalisation of drugs.


The National Family Support Network is an autonomous self-help organisation that respects the lived experiences of families affected by drugs and alcohol in a welcoming non-judgemental way.  The Network primarily supports the development of family support groups and networks throughout Ireland. This is the eighth year of the highly successful conference and it caters for hundreds of members of Family Support groups throughout Ireland and also for family members dealing with issues of substance misuse.

The Young Persons’ Support Programme (YPSP) has been developed by the National Family Support Network following two years of research, development, piloting and evaluation.

NFSN Development worker Siobhán Maher who helped co-ordinate the development of the new quality based programme believes it will help many young people in Ireland;

“Over the years the National Family Support Network has become increasingly aware of the difficulties young people face when living with addiction in the home. While there have been many support programmes for adults dealing with substance misuse issues, there has never been a structured programme specifically for those aged under 18. The Network’s new Support Programme which was specifically developed with Young People in mind, is now ready to be rolled out nationally and the evaluation of the pilot YPSP which ran earlier this year; already shows that it has been highly successful in helping young people cope with extremely difficult living situations. Anyone with an interest in this programme should contact the network for further information.' 

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