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Listening to children and youth is the first step to help them grow healthy and safe. Click here to watch and explore.


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About Listen First

'Listen First' 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. Listening to children and youth is the first step to help them grow healthy and safe.

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What people are saying

Maria Melchior
Senior Researcher, Pierre Louis Institute of Epidemiology and Public Health at INSERM and Sorbonne University in Paris

“Many problems in the area of substance use and mental health begin early in life and children who come from less advantaged backgrounds are at higher risk. Those problems also influence their education and socio-economic situation in the longer term.”


Laura D'Arrigo
Diplomatic adviser, Interministerial Mission for Combating Drugs and Addictive Behaviours, Government of France

“'Listen First' marks a change of paradigm in the prevention approach. More than 30 countries and organizations from all continents adhered to the initiative, well beyond our expectations, this means that the simple message of Listen First hits right."


Dr Nora Volkow
Director National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health (NIDA)

“The involvement of parents is crucial, but also the alertness that some children are at a higher risk. That is why ‘Listen First’ is so relevant because by listening to the child the parents can learn not only what they communicate but also how they communicate it. By listening, we can understand the problems and intervene early on.


Dr Nick Banatvala
Head of Secretariat, United Nations Inter-Agency Task Force on the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases (WHO)

"'Listen First' is a great opportunity to raise the profile of non-communicable diseases and mental health across sectors beyond health, including finance, education, and social protection, thus promoting a coherent and multi-sectoral response."


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