TAFE NSW Western Institute has initiated a program to increase awareness and help people in the community get help with alcohol and drug problems. Starting with the Orange campus library on Wednesday (August 22nd) the Institute will set up promotional activities to promote the drug info@ your library program as well as ways to access counselling services.
The drug info @ your library initiative is a partnership between the Community Drug Strategies Branch of NSW Health and the State Library of NSW and has been running in local communities since 2002. The initiative has meant that local libraries receive updated information and dedicated stands, and there is also a constantly updated website.
Sandra Chrystall, Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) Project Officer, TAFE NSW, Western Institute said, "The project is part of a greater strategy to ensure that Institutes are better equipped to prevent, identify and respond appropriately to drug and alcohol abuse."
"In promoting the site www.druginfo.sl.nsw.gov.au, Western Institute is aiming to help students and staff access correct and current information for themselves, friends and colleagues."
"The Internet site is not only for people who are in trouble with their drug use, or who want information on illegal drugs - it can also be used to help people prevent problems through increasing awareness, information and planning."
Sandra is planning to set-up a stall at the Orange Campus to help highlight the existence of the web site and associated promotional materials, and she will be hand to answer questions about the resources. Next week the promotion will move to Bathurst and Dubbo and the following week Broken Hill.
Western Institute has campuses in 24 towns and cities stretching from Lithgow to Broken Hill and provides student counselling services across the region to assist students with educational, vocational and personal problems.