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Though school isn't in session, support for students struggling with substance use is available during the summer break and year-round through the district's Substance Use Liaison (SUL) program.
Operated by Safe Schools, the program's mission is to provide consistent, relevant drug and alcohol services through the district, supporting and fostering healthy decision-making and wellness for students. The team provides support and services for youth who are affected by substance use in any aspect of their lives, as well as individual supports, classroom messaging and staff training.
"Kids' struggles don't end June 30th or at 4 o'clock," said Safe Schools Manager Sarah McKay. "To be able to provide those supports year-round is an integral part of what we do in maintaining those connections to our youth so they know they have somewhere to go if they need to.
"It's not just important, it's absolutely necessary"
Liaisons address issues of substance use through conversational best practices to provide education, prevention tools and early intervention. The program encourages positive change, the development of self-assessment skills, and bridges students and their families to specialized sources.
Team members are also available to support caregivers with resources to better understand the student's substance use.
To request support or if you have any questions or concerns, email SUL@surreyschools.ca. For more information, visit the SUL program page and read the SUL brochure.