Save a Mate (Teen programme)

Save a Mate empowers secondary school students to respond to alcohol and drug-related emergencies.

Teaching teens about minimising harm

Save a Mate is an interactive course for secondary school students. The course teaches young people to prevent, recognise and respond to alcohol and other drug-related emergencies.

To book a Save a Mate course contact your local service centre or call 0800 RED CROSS (733 276).

What young people will learn

The Save a Mate course is designed for young people aged 14 to 19 years old. It helps develop young people's capacity to support peers with drug and alcohol-related issues. The course aims to build young people's resilience, increase knowledge and recognise harmful behaviours.

The course is delivered by trained New Zealand Red Cross instructors, is 90 minutes long and covers the following:

  • Alcohol and other drugs - classifications and effects on the body
  • Risk factors for overdose and how to reduce these risk factors
  • Signs and symptoms of an overdose
  • Responding to an overdose (basic first aid education)

Why we offer Save a Mate

We offer this course on the understanding that, right or wrong, young people will often decide to use alcohol and other drugs. While we won't say "do' or 'don't" to these decisions, we believe it's critical that young people make informed decisions about their alcohol and other drug use.

In New Zealand, like many other countries, we face high numbers of young people using alcohol and drugs (as well as other age groups). We have implemented the Save a Mate course to address the need for simple and believable information about drug and alcohol use. We want to keep our young people safe.

How to book

Save a mate is offered at no charge for schools, youth organisations and not-for-profits.

To book a Save a Mate course please contact your local service centre or call 0800 RED CROSS (733 276).