P.A.R.T.Y. Program

The P.A.R.T.Y. (Prevent Alcohol and Risk-Related Trauma in Youth) Program is a one-day injury awareness and prevention program for youth age 15 and older. Developed in 1986 at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, this program is a vital component of the growing community effort to reduce death and injury in alcohol, drug and risk-related crashes and incidents.

The goal of P.A.R.T.Y. Program is to provide young people with information about injury (trauma) that will enable them to:

  • recognize potential injury producing situations;
  • make prevention-oriented choices; and
  • adopt behaviours that minimize unnecessary risk

Students are given information about:

  • Basic anatomy, physiology and the mechanics of injury
  • The effects of alcohol/drugs on judgment, concentration and co-ordination
  • The nature of injuries that can be repaired, and those that cannot
  • The effect of injury on families, finances and future plans

The P.A.R.T.Y. team includes persons who have been injured, some still in acute care, others in rehabilitation and some who have returned home. They provide a personal perspective on the challenge of dealing with injury and "putting one's life back on track."

The program concludes with a challenge to the participants to become individually and collectively committed to promoting behaviours and activities that minimize the risk of injury.

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