The program leverages the latest discoveries in neuroscience and positive psychology to empower young people to respect, protect and grow their brains.
The skills focused interactive activities aim to empower young people to identify problems early, seek out options and ultimately avoid the known harms of drugs.
Peer role modelling helps to correct inflated perceptions of peer substance use, promote healthy relationships and empower young people to navigate social situations.
Expert doctoral researchers of Neuroscience and illicit drug disciplines help add credibility to the science of drug use and convey complex health messages.
The program consists of 3 x 35 minute interactive, online modules, which can be coupled with a group activity or worksheet as outlined in the facilitator handbook.
ALCOHOL & THE DEVELOPING BRAIN
MDMA, CANNABIS & HARM REDUCTION
MENTAL HEALTH & WELLBEING
The Illicit Project was formally evaluated in a large clinical trial with 950 secondary students. Students aged 16-18 years, experienced the following benefits after completing the program.
Reduced short & long term alcohol harms
Reduced MDMA/ecstasy use among school students
Reduced weekly binge drinking
Reduced smoking and/or vape use
Early Cannabis Use
Delayed onset of cannabis use
Improved knowledge, attitudes & skills to reduce drug harms
Male Student, NSW, 16 years
"I just liked learning how drugs have different effects on different parts of the brain - instead of just saying no to them."