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Linked Up

Linked Up is a health, wellbeing & life skills program for high school students in South West Sydney. As part of the program, participants create a video campaign about a contemporary issue related to substance use or social-emotional wellbeing. Students are involved in every part of the process, from scenario brainstorming, to script writing, to performance and editing.

Linked Up has made these videos freely available to teachers, youth groups, and other not for profit organisations as evidence-informed tools that enable young people to explore substance use and mental health issues in meaningful and critically reflective ways. If reproducing this content, we request that you acknowledge the Linked Up program as the video creator.

Linked Up is run through Outloud, a Bankstown-based not for profit organisation. We would like to sincerely thank the students and teachers from Sir Joseph Banks High School and Birrong Boys High School involved in the production of these videos. Participant's videos were developed with the assistance of Filmotion Productions and the Drug and Alcohol Multicultural Education Centre.

The Fighter


After a shock loss, a young boxer considers whether to use performance drugs to improve his chances at his next match.

With and Without


Follows two alternative versions in the day of a life of a student and his experiences after drinking a lot/ not drinking any alcohol the night before.


A student receives advice about managing anger from a friend after being provoked to start a fight at school.

It’s time to stop suffering in silence

A teenager and her mother constantly fighting need to find a better way to communicate with each other.

Respect: earned, not injected

A young man has to find ways to manage pressure to try steroids from a group of former school friends.

It’s time for a change

Using the metaphor of a card game, four young men discuss finding better solutions to life’s problems.


Social media raises additional consequences when a student is filmed smoking synthetic cannabis at school.

Little brother

Shows at how our actions influence those who look up to us.

Never too late

Students perform a work about potential consequences of substance use with the reminder that it’s never too late to make a change.

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