Young People's Drug and Alcohol Team (YPDAAT)

Merry Christmas from YPDAAT!

For most of us Christmas is a happy time to relax and celebrate with friends and family. 

However for some it can be stressful, or lonely, or things can go wrong.  Drinking too much or trying drugs can put your health or your safety at risk. 

Check out our drugs and alcohol pages for top tips on making sure your Christmas fun isn't ruined, and visit our Help and Support page if your struggling.  Dont keep it to yourself!

Have an ACE Christmas!

For parents of teenagers Christmas can be hard.  Keeping track of your teens during the holidays and when they go to parties can be stressful.  Its important to be clear with your child about your expectations of their decisions when it comes to drugs and alcohol.  Taking the ACE Pledge is a great start!  ACE involves:

Avoiding giving your child alcohol, being Clued up about thier whereabouts and Educating them about the harms of drinking.

Visit the ACE Pledge page to take your pledge!

Focus on VSA.

VSA stands for Volatile Substance Abuse, and can mean sniffing aerosols and gasses.  Its often known as Sniffing and is highly dangerous. 

If you're interested in finding out more about the dangers of VSA check out Re-Solv

If you're worried about someone you think might be 'sniffing' contact YPDAAT for advice and support - 01744 675605 or ypdaat@sthelens.gov.uk




St Helens Young People's Drug and Alcohol Team (YPDAAT), provide young people and their families in St Helens with a range of interventions to help them to make informed choices around drug and alcohol use in order to achieve their full potential.

Despite what you might think, most young people chose not to use drugs or alcohol. Of those that do most young people will grow out of this without any issues.


What we do

  • We are here to help you to make healthy choices, to prevent you getting into risky situations due to drug and alcohol use.
  • We are a confidential service, working with young people aged up to 19.
  • We can offer help and support in cutting down, quitting or being safe and provide one to one sessions with your own keyworker.
  • All staff are trained in nicotine replacement therapy to help you stop smoking.  We also offer STI screening and C-Card services. 
  • We can also offer complimentary therapy sessions to help relaxation and show you other ways to chill out.

What we don't do

  • Tell you off
  • Tell your parents/carers, unless we think you are at risk of harm to yourself or others
  • Tell you should be doing
  • Make decisions about you without you knowing

What to expect

  • A friendly service
  • An initial appointment where we introduce ourselves and tell you more about what the team offers
  • The opportunity to ask any questions and tell us a bit more about what is going on for you
  • Appointments with your keyworker at suitable times and places for you
  • Support for as long as you feel you want to receive it