Drugs and Mental Health

An introduction to the effects that drugs can have on mental health, how it can be recognised and how an appropriate response can be made.

This training will allow health workers, youth workers, drug workers and other professionals to effectively respond to, treat and engage people with mental health problems.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the session participants will be able to:

  • describe the impact of drug use on mental health and vice-versa
  • name common triggers for drug use and mental health issues
  • identify attitudes and values towards drug use and mental health
  • recall the role of self-medicating in people with mental health issues
  • identify effective techniques for supporting people affected by mental health and substance use issues
  • recognise when to refer on and joint work with partner agencies.

Aimed At

Drug workers, housing workers, social workers, GPs, nurses, teachers and mental health workers.


Commissioned – please contact Richard Bloodworth (richardb@sdf.org.uk) for more information.


One day