Kings Langley School and local substance misuse charity Druglink are working together to educate students on how easily substance consumption can get out of control during the pandemic.
The school have launched two competitions – art and photography – which aim to bring to life simple daily scenarios that could become unmanageable.
The ‘This could be us’ project asks students to produce work that visualises how ‘normal’ people suffer and struggle with alcohol and drugs just as much as a stereotypical ‘user’, especially at the moment.
“The Covid-19 pandemic has had a hugely negative impact on mental health and a side-effect of this has been an increased use of alcohol and other drugs” said Derek Heath, Chief Executive at Druglink.
“We recognise that the pressures many people have encountered over this difficult time has led to people in everyday situations increasing their consumption of substances. At Druglink we know how easily these situations can get out of control. Education is key to us, and working with our local secondary school, giving students the chance to think about these scenarios will hopefully increase awareness of the daily pressures and struggles people are going through.”
James Tubb, Learning Area Leader for Arts, Head of Art/Photography and Teacher of Business Studies at Kings Langley School said: “The Art and Photography department at Kings Langley School have a well-established relationship with the community and particularly enjoys working on community projects.
“When contacted by Druglink we were really excited to give our students this valuable project to work on. Giving students the ability to use their creative voice and express their feelings to situations which may impact them or people they know really contextualises the character education and PHSE programme that we have at KLS. We are excited to see what our students produce and how Druglink can benefit from our young adults’ involvement in such an important charity.”
Student work will be showcased by Druglink on their website, social channels and marketing materials.