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Public health and prevention copy

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by Chris B on 8 July 2013

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Why prevention is the key to public health
Young people and risky behaviour
As children grow up
the choices they make can have long-lasting impacts
Drinking
Smoking
Drug use
Sexual health
Crime and anti-social behaviour
Disengagement from school
and get more independence
These issues are all inter-related
Some young people take few risks with their health and wellbeing.
For others it is a phase they grow out of.
But some do significant harm to themselves and others.
Taking action here
Or even here
is a lot cheaper than tackling problems at this stage
How can we make a difference?
School
Family
Youth work
Health and social services
Dislike of school and missing school are also strongly linked to risk of young motherhood
Young people who drink regularly, smoke and/or take illegal drugs have a higher risk of becoming involved in anti-social behaviour and crime
Drinking alcohol is linked to risky sexual behaviour.
And young people who skip school...
...are more likely to drink
and vice-versa
Use our knowledge about what puts young people at risk and what keeps them safe
Disengagement from school is also linked to involvement in crime and anti-social behaviour.
are closely linked.
Police
Public health has a key role in coordinating all this.
Of 15 year olds who smoked in the past week, half took drugs in the previous month.
Health risk behaviours of adolescence
www.mentoruk.org.uk/publichealth
Mentor has put together briefing papers to help make the case for prevention and set out effective approaches
Take the best research evidence of what works in prevention and early intervention
Combine targeted help for young people most at risk with universal interventions to help shift social norms
Work where young people are - schools, families, communities. Use resources effectively through joined up working...
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