Helplines and information sites below.
Also, if you’re in school, you can always go and speak to your school nurse.
Switched On – An information, education and advice service for all young people up to the age of 25 years in Cardiff & The Vale. They work with everyone: from those who never drink or use drugs right through to those who might be currently using or have used in the past. They can offer information and advice to any young person that may be affected by, or worried about, someone’s substance use/misuse.
Red-Button – One-stop shop for information and advice on substance misuse in Cardiff & the Vale, with information on where to go to get help and advice, personal stories, videos, and more.
DAN 24/7 – a free and bilingual telephone drug and alcohol helpline providing a single point of contact for anyone in Wales wanting further information or help relating to drugs or alcohol.
- Freephone: 0808 808 2234
- Or text DAN to: 81066
E-DAS (Entry to Drug and Alcohol Services) – the new single point of entry into substance misuse treatment and support for adults 18+ in Cardiff & The Vale. You can start the ball rolling yourself or you can ask someone else, like your GP, to contact them.
- Telephone: 0300 300 7000
Other links you might find useful
Meic – the national helpline for children and young people (0-25 years old) in Wales – text (84001), freephone (080880 23456), instant message [http://www.meiccymru.org/] or email for info, advice or advocacy.
The Filter – Quit smoking info and advice and chat about anything to do with smoking for 11-25-year-olds in Wales. Motto: “To filter out the myths and present the facts about smoking to young people.”
Inroads Wales – Inroads provides a free and confidential service offering information, advice and support to drug and alcohol users, ex-users, their family and friends.
On-Line & Self Help Resource | E-DAS – Websites and online information resources that E-DAS has checked is reliable.
Cardiff & Vale APB (alcohol and substance misuse Area Planning Board) – Substance misuse news, information and case studies; plus a regional substance misuse services directory.
IPED – Information on Image and Performance Enhancing Drugs (IPEDs), such as steroids.
Other helplines you might find useful
ChildLine – a free 24-hour counselling helpline (by NSPCC) for children and young people up to their 19th birthday.
Samaritans – free 24-hour helpline for anyone who needs emotional support.
Apps & Games
Here’s a recent personal post by a young Cardiffian about alcoholism and its effects: