There are many aspects of life that influence young people's health. These factors include:

  • Family
  • Peers
  • Culture
  • Spirituality
  • Community
  • Society/Politics
  • Environment
These factors can influence young people's physical, emotional, mental and social wellbeing.

Task - group activity, writing exercise

Divide learners into pairs. Ask them to work through the following questions.

Health and wellbeing:
  • Question - How would you define health and wellbeing? (Think holistically when making your definition.)

  • Question - Think about some of the factors that influence young people's health. What are some strategies your organisation could employ to encourage young people's health and wellbeing?
AOD use – health and wellbeing:
  • Question - Why do you think young people use alcohol and other drugs? Think about this issue broadly, particularly considering cultural, peer, emotional and psychological health issues.

  • Question - Choose a cultural group you are familiar with. What factors influence their drug use? What effects does this have on their health?

  • Question - Do you think youth culture influences young people's AOD use? Explain your reasons.

  • Question - What are some of the health outcomes for young people who use AOD?
Allow time for feedback to the whole group.