The Human Touch Foundation bases all its initiatives on the theme “Listen First”. Listening to children and youth is the first step to help them grow healthy and stay safe. It is an initiative to increase support for prevention of drug use that is based on science and is thus an effective investment in the well-being of children and youth, their families and their communities.
Drug abuse is one of the most serious health problems. Besides causing serious diseases such as HIV, hepatitis, tuberculosis, it has several side effects in the form of economic loss, antisocial behaviour such as stealing, violence and crime besides social stigma and overall downfall of the society.
Drug rackets operate internationally, but some countries are trans-shipment points for drug circulation. India, because of its strategic location is more prone to drug activities including trafficking and local consumption. The influence of modernization, changing family structure and peer pressure are some of the reasons behind drug abuse.
Listen First: Facts for parents
- A strong bond between children and parents is based on listening to the young ones and showing that you care. Even in difficult circumstances, a strong bond between children and parents can mean less risky behaviours.
- Spending even a small amount of time each day with complete attention to your child can really help.
- Praise your child for at least one thing he/she is doing right, even if it is small.
- Ask your child what you need to know; where he/she will be, for how long, with whom, and doing what.
Listen First: Facts for teachers
- Teachers can have a positive influence on children and youth to help them grow happy and resilient.
- Even in very difficult circumstances, children who are in school and feel a sense of belonging are less vulnerable to risky behaviours.
- The first step towards a strong bond between children and teachers is listening with empathy and care.
- Support the development of the personal and social skills of children through a curriculum of interactive activities.
- Create a positive school culture that supports the active participation of students.