Maudsley Charity has given the Angelus Foundation a grant of £40,000 towards its awareness-raising campaign about the dangers of consuming legal drugs, including a recent film that was launched on social media.
‘We’ve been very grateful for the support we’ve had from Maudsley,’ says Jeremy Sare, Director for Policy and Communications at the Angelus Foundation. ‘It’s been absolutely critical to our campaign and pivotal in our ability to deliver to our target groups.’
Raising awareness of the dangers of legal highs
The Angelus Foundation seeks to raise awareness of the dangers of young people taking legal recreational drugs, also known as legal highs (such as experimental research chemicals, or ones sold as plant feed). These dangerous chemicals have emerged as alternatives to drugs such as cocaine and MDMA for young people who may believe that the fact that they are legal means they are safe. There is little research available about their potency, the effects of human consumption, or the effects of using them in conjunction with alcohol and other substances.
The Angelus Foundation is made up of a group of experts who form the Angelus Advisory Board. They bring together their expertise from chemical, medical and behavioural sciences. The Foundation was founded in 2009 by Maryon Stewart who is a health practitioner, author and broadcaster. Her 21-year-old daughter Hester, who was a medical student and athlete, passed away after consuming what was, at the time, a legal high called GBL in April 2009.
Their latest film, Lab Rats, was funded by Maudsley Charity and launched on social media on 12 December 2014. It focuses on high street head shops (places that sell legal drugs and paraphernalia) and targets their sale of technically legal products which actually pose a real risk to users.
If you’ve been inspired by the Maudsley Charity’s work with the Angelus Foundation and you want to help more people cope with mental illness caused by legal highs, please make a donation to SLaM today.