Steps to Cope is an evidence based support aimed at young people aged 11-18 who are experiencing or who have lived with another family member’s alcohol or substance misuse or mental health difficulties in their family.
Young people can get information and use an online self-help tool in the Steps to Cope section of this website. We can also provide help face to face through our DAISY service.
Information on Steps to Cope for young people
Steps to Cope has been developed specifically for young people who have experienced parental alcohol or drug issues or mental health issues in their family. It can be difficult to understand what is going on in your family, discuss it with others or know how to cope with things. You cant change what is happening in your family but you can learn how to be more resilient to these challenges.
We have created online information and a self help programme you can work through. These have been developed with the help of other young people that have experienced these issues too and include things that they found helpful.
The self help programme guides you through 5 steps that can help:
1) looking at what life has been like for you living with these issues.
2) Giving information on alcohol and drug misuse, addiction and mental health to help you understand more about the situation
3) Looking at coping and what methods of coping are helpful or unhelpful and what else you can do
4) Identifying the support you have available and who else you could reach out to
5) Looking at further help you may require
If you wish to get support from one of our staff our DAISY service can help you. You can contact us on 0800 2545 123 or use the online form below.
Information on Steps to Cope for parents or carers
When there are issues like alcohol, substance misuse or mental ill-health difficulties in a family, children can struggle to understand what is going on, feel they are to blame or having difficulty coping. They cant change what is happening in their family but they can learn how to make them selves more resilient to these challenges. If your family is experiencing these issues then Steps to Cope can be of help to your children. They can get information from the website or use the online self help tool to help them.
If your child or young person has questions, whether it be about alcohol misuse, drugs, mental health or associated issues, it may help reduce their anxiety to have answers and develop their understanding. They can also look at how they cope and what supports they can use to help them.
If you think your child would benefit more from face to face support, then our DAISY service for young people can help. Just give us a call to discuss this or complete the online form below.
Information on Steps to Cope for Referral Agents
If you are working with a family where there are parental drugs, alcohol or mental health problems, it may help to signpost their children or young person to stepstocope.co.uk as a place where they can get some information that can help and also a self help tool they can work through themselves.
There is also a practitioners area on the site where you can get information resources that may be useful to you. If you work in a role where you are in a position to directly support young people living with these issues, then you may be able to access our training to use the steps to cope intervention to support them. Steps to Cope is a short intervention that has been shown to increase the resilience of young people living with parental substance use and mental health issues.
If you wish to refer them for face to face support, then our Drug and Alcohol Intervention Service for Youth (DAISY) is available and you can make a referral using the online form below.
For more information contact us:
T: 0800 2545 123