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Yesterday afternoon Mandy Saligari, founder and clinical director of Charter, a Harley Street clinic specialising in private addiction treatment, visited the College to speak to Lower Sixth students. She gave a powerful talk about drugs and the risks of addiction and habitual use. She urged students to think very carefully about who they are and their own psychological make-up in case they allowed themselves to be drawn into a habitual use drug culture. She made the important point that our psychological vulnerabilities can lead to excessive interest in drugs or alcohol as compensation for insecurities. Young people should try to know themselves and their own needs before they face being persuaded, perhaps by a peer group, into a habitual use that could impact on work, relationships and well-being.
Following the talk Lower Sixth students said “The talk was empowering, honest and refreshing. Mandy made us think in a different way about our friends, family and ourselves. We really enjoyed listening to her story and advice”.
Our Upper Sixth students will shortly be hearing a similar talk from Mandy.