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So it is time to forget the exams, ditch the uniform and have fun. Schoolies can be a time for many firsts, but check out this page for videos and a dedicated Schoolies factsheet to make sure they are a firsts you want to try i.e. holiday without parents, henna tattoo, dancing till late and not those you don't -  STI, unwanted pregnancy, broken bones, police record - you get the picture!!

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  • Upload Date: 14/2/2011

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Drugs 101

There is no doubt that Alcohol and Other Drugs play some role in our lives, whether as a spectator or users and can range from energy drinks, Sambuca to illicit and prescription drugs.

Drugs are used for many different reasons, the list is long and can include socialising, to have a good time, feel part of the group, to escape worries.

They can be used in a multitude of settings from the footie club, nightclub, home and to the uni bar at lunch. Check out this full blog at http://www.tuneinnotout.com/blog/drugs-101

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Factsheet

Provided by Reach Out

We have partnered with Reach Out to bring you the best factsheet information we can on this topic. Reach Out offers information, support and resources to help young people improve their understanding of mental health issues, develop resilience, and increase their coping skills and help-seeking behaviour.

Surviving Schoolies

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Schoolies (or leavers if you're in WA) is a great time to kick back, hang out with your mates and celebrate the end of school and all the hard work you've put in over the year. While you're having fun and partying, it's also important that you look after yourself and your friends.

Partying safely

It's party time, which probably means you or someone you know will probably be drinking or taking drugs. It's a good idea to think about also keeping you and your friends safe. Some suggestions for doing this include:

  • Don't drink/take drugs and drive, and don't get into a car¬†with a driver¬†who has been drinking or taking drugs, even if you only need to go a short distance.
  • Avoid mixing drugs and alcohol.
  • Don't leave your drink unattended; someone could add something to it while you're away (see our partying topic page).
  • If you are on medication, read the instructions to make sure it is safe to have alcohol or other drugs with the medication. Speak to a doctor if you're not sure.
  • Don't wander off alone, particularly if you're in an unfamiliar place.
  • Avoid going off with people you are not friends with, particularly when you have had a few drinks.
  • Avoid swimming after drinking or taking drugs.

For more info check out the partying factsheet.

Feeling pressure to drink or take drugs

When friends or the group you are with are drinking or taking drugs, you might feel pressured to drink more than you feel comfortable with or take the same drug as them. You are the only one who knows your limits. Some ideas to help you stop drinking or taking drugs discreetly include:

  • Avoid drinking in rounds.
  • Order water at the same time.
  • Leave your last drink full.
  • Drink mixers rather than straight spirits.
  • Move away from the drinkers or people doing drugs by going¬†to dance or having a game of pool.
  • It is OK not to do drugs or drink. You have your reasons for not wanting to drink or take drugs, so try and be firm and stick by them.

For more information about drinking safely, you may want to check out Reach Out's  Low risk drinking or Safer drug use factsheets.

General safety

Regardless of whether or not you're drinking or taking drugs, being in an unfamiliar environment and crowds of people means that it's important to take a few extra precautions to make sure you and your friends stay safe and can concentrate on having a good time. Keep an eye out for the Red Frogs crews, they are their to help out, plus they can help with pancakes breakfasts and lollies!

  • Always walk to and from the main area in groups. Females might be a lot safer getting a couple of guys to walk with you.
  • If your hotel is in a high access area (usually around 100m radius around the main party area) try and keep your doors locked if no one is inside the room. If not, you¬†could find total strangers wondering into your room because the doors was unlocked.
  • Don't swim at the beach at night, even if it's a well-lit area near the main area. Security and police will yank you out of the water immediately, so don't make an arse of yourself.
  • Beware of those people who want to take advantage of slightly drunk teens.

For more info check out Reach Out's Personal safety factsheet.

Helping a friend affected by drugs or alcohol

If a friend has had too much to drink, or is affected by drugs there are a number of things you can do to make sure they are safe.

  • Look out for them - If they need to lie down, make sure it is in a safe place.
  • Don't leave someone if they have passed out - It is important to make sure they are breathing and their airways are clear.
  • Find help - If you can't leave your friend, ask someone else to get help. The security guys are there to help - they generally won't go telling anyone (Eg - if you're drunk, they aren't going to rush you off to the police and dob you in).¬† They're a safety net and often have training and experience for working at schoolies and parties.
  • Drink water - If you are helping a friend to lie down or are putting them to bed, it is a good idea to get them to sip some water.
  • Call an ambulance (000, if you live in Australia) - If someone has stopped breathing or can't stop vomiting call an ambulance immediately.

As a guide, it is a good idea to treat someone as you would like to be treated if you were in the same position. For more information about What to do in an emergency check out Reach Out's factsheet.

Violence

Alcohol can increase the likelihood of acting in a violent way. If you find yourself getting into fights when you drink, it may be a good idea to reduce the amount of alcohol you are drinking. Talking to someone about how you manage your violence may also be helpful. Lifeline, 131 114, have counsellors who are available 24 hours and are the cost of a local call.

If someone has acted violently toward you, you may be feeling anything from fear and panic to anger and sadness. Sometimes your reactions to the violence can continue even after the event. If you have been hurt it is important to contact the police. It is also a good idea to talk to someone you trust. This may be a friend or family member. You may prefer to talk to someone anonymously like Lifeline, 13 11 14.

Sex

Schoolies is a time when you might be thinking about having sex. Here are some tips for making sure you enjoy yourself:

  • Make sure you carry condoms on you.
  • Only agree to sex if it's going to be safe sex (i.e. with a condom). Unprotected sex puts you at risk of getting AIDS and STIs (sexually transmitted infections).
  • Don't agree to having sex if you don't want it. It's your right to say no or change your mind.
  • It's wrong to pressure someone else into having sex.
  • Drugs and alcohol can affect your judgement and prevent you from thinking clearly.

Feeling anxious or overwhelmed

For most people Schoolies can be an emotional time, and you might be feeling huge relief at getting to the end of a stressful year. It's also a time when you might be feeling vulnerable, anxious or overwhelmed about a range of things, including decisions you might soon have to make about study, work and life, and being away from home for the first time without adult supervision.

If you do find yourself or a friend feeling this way, here are some tips to cope:

  • Make sure you tell your friends how you're feeling and look out for your friends. There's a good chance they're feeling the same way.
  • Stay in touch with your supports back home, by calling or emailing your family and friends.
  • Get some headspace by going for a walk or swim away from the crowds.
  • Try and eat healthy (lots of fruit and vegies) - it's clich√©d, but looking after your body really does help you feel better.

If you need to speak to someone anonymously, ring Lifeline (13 11 14) or Kids Helpline (1800 55 1800).

 

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