Why Steps to Cope is even more important for you during the Coronavirus situation

In this current situation, young people living with a family member who is misusing alcohol or drugs or who has mental health problems may have added pressures.

  • People in families are spending more time together. When there are problems in the family, this can heighten tensions. Parents may be drinking more or struggling with their mental health
  • People you would normally turn to too are less available. Social distancing may mean you are seeing aunts, uncles, grandparents, teachers and friends a lot less. However, remember that you can still turn to these people for help, for example using zoom, FaceTime or WhatsApp.
  • Your own worries are still there. You may feel even more alone, confused or overwhelmed.

There is help. We are finding more and more young people coming to the Steps to Cope website for information or to use the self help tool that we have developed for young people.

 “It made me feel like I’m not alone…I would want other young people to have hope.”  17 year old.

 “I found the coping part helpful and have learnt that it is about me.” – 13 year old

Remember, that whatever is going on in your family, the problems are not your fault.  It is important that you reach out and get help for yourself to talk about, understand and get support to cope with things.  Using the information on this site or the self-help tool can help.

If feel you need more than whats available on this site, then you can contact us at ASCERT 0800 2545123 or daisy@ascert.biz for help,

If you feel you need to talk to someone right away Childline provides 24hr webchat or telephone support. https://www.childline.org.uk/ or  0800 1111

Information for young people

We have lots of other information that might help answer questions you may have. This includes:

– Why people use alcohol
– Mental health conditions
– Living with substance use
– FAQs

Steps to Cope ToolKit

We have designed an online intervention to help young people affected by alcohol misuse, drug misuse or mental ill health in their family. It’s really easy to use and totally confidential.

You work through each of the sections of the toolkit at your own pace and can leave at any time. When you return you can pick up where you left off.

You are not alone –
It is important to take care of yourself and this may also help others around you. By using this toolkit you are not letting anyone down.

Before you begin, we will ask you to select a username and give us some information about yourself. Then we will ask you to complete a short questionnaire at the start and end. This helps us to see whether your resilience has changed over the course of the programme.

Click below to get started

Click to launch the FREE Steps to Cope Toolkit

You are not alone

This online intervention has been designed to help take you through steps that will help you if you are affected by alcohol misuse, drug misuse or mental ill health in your family.

You are not alone – It is important to take care of yourself and this may also help others around you. By taking these steps you are not letting anyone down. Click below to find out more.

Read our Resources 

We also have lots of other information that might help answer questions you may have. Our resources focus on:

– What is alcohol
– What the impact can be
– Mental Health Problems
– Drug Misuse
– Your Own Drug Misuse
– And more!