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Don’t Lose The Head

Dont lose the head bookletDon’t Lose the Head - Support Booklet for Parents & Guardians

Don't Lose the Head is an easy-to-read booklet for parents, whether or not they have teenagers who use drugs. Colourful and catchy, it provides parents with the distilled wisdom of two services involved in drug prevention.  

Teen Counselling and the Drug and Alcohol Programme [DAP] are two of Crosscare’s services to young people and families. Teen Counselling offers a free counselling service to teenagers and their families, regardless of whether drug-use is involved. DAP provide support to anyone concerned about drugs (including alcohol).

This booklet enables any parent to avail of the insights and wide experience of the DAP and Teen Counselling personnel. “A counsellor can see a young person for one hour a week, while a parent sees him or her several times a day,” says Chris Murphy (DAP Director).  “It makes sense to help the parents to be confident and competent in their role in drug prevention. This booklet aims to do just that.”

DAP work within diocesan structures to deliver workshops/ training courses on Don’t Lose the Head. If you are involved in a parent group, parish group, community group or other and you would like DAP to deliver a workshop please contact Susan at 01 836 0911 or email This booklet and workshop are available free of charge.

You can download a PDF version at the link below:

Download Don't Lose the Head (17MB PDF)

Download Don't Lose the Head Literature Review (0.5 MB PDF)

Visit the Crosscare DAP website


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