The Steps to Cope project has been set up in partnership with ASCERT, Barnardos, South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust, and The UK Alcohol, Drugs and The Family Research Group, and has been funded by The Big Lottery Fund.
Steps to Cope offers support to children aged 11 to 18 currently experiencing or who have experienced the harmful effects of alcohol misuse in the family. This can range from family members misusing alcohol one or two nights a week to having an addiction to alcohol. While this project is focused on parental alcohol misuse, we also understand that for many young people and families, alcohol use does not exist in isolation, and can often be in addition to mental health issues, or other substance use, and the service is keen to support young people in these circumstances also. You can check out our additional materials on the homepage where you can find out more information about living with mental ill health or substance misuse in the family.
Steps to Cope is a brief intervention aimed at following five steps:
- Listening to the service user’s story about what life is like for them.
- Giving information on Alcohol and drugs misuse, addiction and mental health.
- Looking at how they currently cope and whether this is working for them.
- Identifying the strengths and supports they have.
- Looking at further support they may need when finishing their Steps to Cope journey.
There are several parts to the project.
- An interactive website supporting service users,
- Direct service user support
- Training of practitioners in the Steps to Cope intervention