Testimonials: Students

Feedback from students after the workshops

“Your talk really opened my eyes to the awful influences of drugs. It has really made me think about the decisions I will take now and in the future. I wish you luck for keeping clean and hope your future will be bright.”

“Thank you for coming to our school. I was very touched by your story and it made me think about others who are possibly going down the same road as you. Listening to your story showed me how drugs can be fun at first but then can easily spiral out of control and cause real problems, that for me, I have only ever heard about on TV or on the Internet. Thank you for visiting us.”

“Listening to your story was the most important part of our Impact Day in my opinion, because you showed us the true effects of drugs and mostly changed people’s minds on the choices they will make in the future. I really appreciate what you did for us.”

“I would like to say thanks for coming in on Friday. It has opened my eyes on what drugs can do to you. I also want to say that I will not take drugs in my life, ever, thanks to you.”

“Thank you for joining us on Impact Day to share your personal experiences. Your story has changed my perspectives on drugs and really touched me.”

“Thank you for sharing your story with us. It really helped me to know what to do if I ever feel like I need help or if I feel alone. Your story was inspiring and let me know that I should always tell someone if I’m struggling.”

“I would like to thank you for coming in and sharing your story with us. I think that you were very brave and honest. You have made me realise that I should share how I am feeling with others instead of keeping it to myself.”

“It takes a lot of guts to share your private life with students and for that I thank you. Your story has allowed and helped me to be able to assist others who are going through similar circumstances.”

“Thank you for coming in to Sidmouth College. Your story was really close to me because my uncle fell down the same route. He lost his leg because of heroin. He injected, so consider yourself lucky. I was put off by my uncle but your story for me confirmed my decision to never take drugs. I hope that this event will help you as much as it helped me. Thanks again.”

“Thank you for sharing your private life. It made me think more about what life’s actually like and the influences that are out there. Your experiences have made me want to try harder in school and avoid anything that will try and move me away from this. It’s so nice that you came and shared this with us. Thank you and good luck.”

“Today we are faced with many temptations. It is very easy, especially for young people to think it is OK to prioritise popularity. Melissa and Ali explained to us that anybody who feels insecure could turn to unhelpful strategies to feel more accepted. The message needs to get out that there are many safer ways to cope with things like anxiety and shyness.”

“I thought it was really brave, inspiring and thought-provoking for these people to come in and so openly talk about their past.”

“I know I am more aware and will be more cautious due to these sessions. They taught me that it is important to seek help, when to seek help and why it is important.”

“I found the sessions very useful because we got to hear honest opinions and the direct truth.”

“You are helping so many people by doing what you are doing and you are held in such high respect. Despite your troubled past, you are a role model to me.”