For Families

Turning Point is committed to supporting families seeking information, referral and support concerning a loved one's alcohol, drug or gambling problem. You can reach us on our various online and telephone helplines, 

Mental Health first aid
for problem drinking & problem DRUG USE

Mental Health First Aid provides practical strategies for family and friends to approach and assist someone with alcohol and/or drug problems, as well as how to deal with alcohol-related emergencies or drug-related crises.

Separate guidelines for helping an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person have also been developed.

Guidelines & Video Resources   >> 


Do you support an adult friend or family member who has a drug or alcohol problem? Researchers at Victoria University and Turning Point would like to hear about your experiences.

Find out more about the study, or complete it online.

parenting strategies online 
An online tool to help improve your parenting practices 

Parenting Strategies website provides practical parenting strategies to help you delay or reduce your child's alcohol use.

The website offers a web-based program designed to help you assess your current approaches. You will recieve personalised feedback on how to confidently manage your child's alcohol use.

More Information

Making the Link website is a school-based program for teachers, promoting help-seeking for people with substance use problems. It includes,

  • teacher manual
  • teacher information session
  • classroom activities for secondary school students

Parenting workshop
A parent workshop is currently being developed to educate parents about how adolescents seek help for substance use problems, and the belief-based barriers they hold.

This workshop is a collaboration between Turning Point and the National Cannabis Prevention and Information Centre.
The program will be freely available for parents, schools and agencies in late 2011.