Mitch Winehouse is launching the Amy Winehouse Foundation Resilience Programme across 50 London schools this week to help fill a “worrying knowledge gap” about substance misuse among teenagers.
Comedian Brand, who has battled drug problems in the past, is due to attend the launch of the project at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in London on Tuesday.
“Everyone wants their kids to make informed choices when it comes to drugs and alcohol,” Mitch Winehouse told Britain’s Daily Star newspaper.
“But it’s such a complicated subject to understand, especially when you look at all the new legal highs that have appeared over the past few years, that it’s no wonder that parents feel in the dark about what to do.
“Drugs education in schools is woefully underfunded and has been far too inconsistent. That’s if it happens at all. When it does, it doesn’t look at why people turn to drugs or drink. It doesn’t happen with any kind of regularity. And it doesn’t help teachers and parents to support the kids who really need it. That really needs to change.
“Our new secondary schools program will give everyone – including parents, teachers and the pupils themselves – the skills and knowledge they need. That’s something that will really help our young people.”
The Back To Black singer, who spent years battling drink and drug demons, died in 2011 from alcohol poisoning, and her parents set up the Amy Winehouse Foundation in her memory to help other youngsters struggling with addictions.