Bridging That Gap – Delivering Scotland’s Drug and Mental Health Strategies

Bridging That Gap: Delivering Scotland’s new drug and mental health strategies

Date: 14 March 2019
Location: Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Glasgow Central, 30 Cambridge Street, Glasgow

Mental health issues can lead people to develop a substance use problem; living with a substance use problem can cause or exacerbate a mental health problem.  Mental health can be a significant cause and complication to problem substance use and affects people in midst of crisis and in recovery.

The new drug and alcohol treatment strategy and Scotland’s mental health strategy both commit to better joint working to improve the mental health of people with substance use problems.  There is huge potential benefit for individuals in this work but the question remains as to how this can be achieved.

This event will aim to offer a vision of the potential impact of better effective joint work and what can be achieved, and discuss the next steps in terms of service development.

This conference will be of interest to people working in and managing services in substance use and mental health sectors and to service commissioners and planners.

Keynote address by  –

Professor Carl Hart, Professor of Psychology (In Psychiatry); Columbia University New York City

Carl is a neuroscientist and psychologist studying the behavioural and neuropharmacological effects of psychoactive drugs in humans.

He has published a wide variety of scientific literature focusing on dependence, drug-taking behaviours, drug self-administration and the cognitive effects of drug use. His research focuses on cannabinoids, synthetic “designer” drugs, opioids and stimulants such as cocaine and methamphetamines.

Other speakers include –

John McCormack, Scottish Recovery Network  on the development of trauma-aware /  trauma-informed / trauma focussed substance use services and the difference between these.

Dr Calum Hendrie, NHS Lanarkshire on the role and potential of psychology services

Wendy Spencer, Turning Point Scotland; Dr Joe Tay, a general practitioner in, Edinburgh; Adam Brodie, Addiction Psychiatrist, NHS Lanarkshire and others discuss the challenge of joint working with people with drug problem and mental health issues.

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