Planet Youth

The Icelandic primary prevention model and implementation in Ireland

Tuesday 25th February 2020                                                   3S11/13/15, Colin Bell Building

10am-12.30pm                                                                       University of Stirling, FK9 4NF.

DRNS and Salvation Army Centre for Addiction Services and Research are delighted to host this event to share learning on the implementation of Planet Youth in Ireland. Emmet Major is coordinating the Planet Youth programme in the west of Ireland and will share his experiences of the programme, with implications for Scottish research, policy and practice.

Session overview

In the 1990s, Iceland had very high rates of young people using drugs, alcohol and tobacco. The Youth in Iceland Model (now Planet Youth) was introduced, a community based approach which aims to reduce risk factors and improve protective factors and rates of substance use have subsequently decreased. Planet Youth has since implemented in more than 30 countries worldwide. In this seminar, Emmet Major, Community Worker with the Western Region Drug and Alcohol Task Force and the Coordinator for the Planet Youth programme in the West of Ireland, will be giving an overview of Planet Youth in Ireland and explain how it is being implemented in three sites in the west of Ireland covering a population of 450,000 people.


10.00am Arrival and refreshments

10.15am Introductions

10.30am Presentation

11.15am Questions and discussion

12.00pm Networking and lunch

Speaker biography

Emmet Major is responsible for the coordination of the three Planet Youth sites operating in the west of Ireland. He has over twenty years of experience in the health sector, specialising particularly in the area of substance use. He has worked as an addiction counsellor, rehabilitation centre manager and is currently a community worker with the Western Region Drug and Alcohol Task Force.

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Getting Here

Public transport The University is 2.5 miles from Stirling train station. For details of bike, bus and taxi options, please visit:

The Colin Bell Building is a 5-minute walk from the bus stops at the transport hub ❼ shown on the map above. The entrance is between and (Iris Murdoch Building).

By car Car parks are indicated on the map. The University operates Pay & Display parking payable by cash or credit/debit card at onsite machines or via the RingGo app available at: Parking costs around £1 per hour. We would advise drivers arrive in plenty of time to find a parking space and reach the Colin Bell Building by 10am. Accessibility Blue badge holders can park free of charge and there are 3 accessible spaces outside the Iris Murdoch Building. The seminar takes place on the ground floor of the Colin Bell Building. There is step-free access to the building.