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Basic Facts


Me and the Others Programme (Programa Eu e os Outros)


Universal Prevention Programme was created in 2007 by the Portuguese Institute of Drug and Drug Addiction (IDT), General Directorate for Intervention on Addictive Behaviours and Dependencies (SICAD).

It consists of seven 90-minute sessions on a weekly basis. It uses narratives as a methodology to address issues related with substances abuse and adolescence development process, with groups of young people aged between 12 and 18 years.

The programme is ran by professionals from different institutions that work with adolescents after a training programme conducted by the national/regional coordination of the Programme (SICAD from the Portuguese Health Ministry). The programme can be run in consecutive years using different narratives. There are 9 narratives available, each one approaches a different kind of addictive behaviour (alcohol, tobacco, cannabis, pathological gambling, etc.) to be explored through the 7 sessions according to the identified needs of the target population. 


  • National/regional/local government


  • National
  • Regional
  • Local


This Programme is aimed at promoting a better knowledge and use of resources (like helplines, websites, linked with drugs and alcohol misuse, adolescent's counselling network, etc.) and to promote youngsters’ healthy lifestyles, and their social and personal development.

Level: It is in the process of being adopted to Azores autonomous region as well as Cape Verde reality.


Stakeholder Involvement

  • Target group(s)
  • Intermediate target group
  • Government
  • Researchers
  • Civil society (NGOs)
  • Social services & child protection homes

Teachers, psychologists, nurses, social educators, parents.

As partners, the SICAD works with other stakeholders such as the Health General Directorate, Education General Directorate, the National Commission for Gender Equality, the Portuguese Institute of Sport and Youth, Police Department for the Intervention in Schools (Safe School), the National Institute for Rehabilitation, among others.

In the research area, the SICAD works, or has worked in the past, with several faculties that were involved in small studies such as the Faculty of Psychology of the Lisbon University, the Lusíada University of Oporto; the Identities and Diversities Research Centre of the Leiria Polytechnic Institute; the Education and Communication School of the University of Algarve and the Évora’s Nursing School, among others.

Logic Model

Scientific: Theory of Planed Behaviour (TPB), Information-Motivation-Behaviour skills Model (IMB).

Past experience: This programme is based on previous experience using the same approach to explore themes related to drug abuse among children ( Master thesis: "E agora Ruca'" – Avaliação dos Critérios de Tomada de Decisão de Participantes num Programa de Âmbito Preventivo em Meio Escolar, Marreiros, N., 2007).

Elements Of Plan

  • Literature review and/or formative research
  • Needs assessment
  • Detailed plan of action
  • Human resource management plan
  • Time schedule
  • Partners' agreement
  • Evaluation plan


Time Frame

  • Continuous

Target Group

  • Adolescents
  • Other
  • Adolescents with academic failure, adolescents in care, indicated prevention in at-risk groups/individuals

Communication Channel

  • Website
  • Meetings/conferences with experts/colleagues
  • Direct communication
  • Guidelines
  • Scientific publications
  • Helpline support and referral

Core Activities

Production of the 9 narratives, support manual, guidelines for the implementation of the programme, training programme, annual reports, scientific articles, dissemination of the results in expert meetings.

Supportive activities

  • Consultancy
  • Supervision
  • Training
  • Team meetings





  • Process
  • Impact
  • Outcome


The programme has been evaluated using the Life Effectiveness Questionnaire, which differentiates 8 factors (time management, social competence, achievement and motivation, intellectual flexibility, task leadership, emotion control, active/initiative attitude and self-confidence).

The results obtained until 2012 showed significant changes (95 % confidence) with positive developments during the pre-test and post-test in all scales (except in the achievement motivation).

In 2014, using a different questionnaire, there were significant differences between pre and post test in the areas of knowledge, attitudes and behaviours related to alcohol consumption. This results will be present in a paper to be delivered in 2016. 


Each year a Programme report is produced in Portuguese. Some of the data is translated into English to join the national report for the EMCCDA.

Follow Up

The evaluation process has undergone improvements in recent years and it is expected of future implementation of follow up (already in the year 2015).

Additional Information


Contact person: Patricia Pissarra, MSc or Melo, Raul, Dr.

Organization: SICAD

Address: Av. República n.º 61, 3º

Country: Portugal

Telephone number: +351 21 1119 000

E-mail address: or

Additional remarks

Last change: 26. 08. 2016 - 11:24, created: 16. 08. 2016
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