The ‘Let’s Talk about Drugs’ National Youth Media Awards invites secondary schools and colleges nationwide to enter its 2016 competition. is Ireland’s national drug and alcohol information and support website. The campaign is supported by the Department of Health, the HSE, COSC, the Ana Liffey Drug Project, Healthy Ireland and the website. 

This annual drugs education competition aims to help students explore and understand various issues relating to drug and alcohol use in Irish society. To enter, students are asked to create either a short video, an audio podcast, a news article or a poster on one of the following themes:

  • The hidden harm of alcohol use
  • The effects of drug use

The age categories for entering are: 12-14, 15-17,18-21 and 22-25.

By getting involved, students can explore the issue of drugs and alcohol from a constructionist learning experience. This can have a more meaningful impact on their own understanding of the issues as this type of learning experience is effective when people are also active in making tangible objects in the real world.

In turn, schools can take a proactive and innovative approach to raising awareness and understanding of the issues, issues that affect the lives of many young people in Ireland. On this basis, are asking all teachers to encourage students to enter as individual entrants or as a group project.

Winners from the four age categories will receive an iPad mini and the overall winner will receive a prize of €2,000. Winners will also have their work published on

The closing date for entries has now been extended to Thursday 31 March 2016.

For further information phone (01) 960 3010 or email

You will find examples of previous winners and full competition details at


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