Drugs and Alcohol in Relation to Mental Health 1: The Substances & Addiction

This full day course runs from 9.30am until 4.30pm on regular dates throughout the year. 

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Target Audience:  Staff, volunteers or individuals with an interest in increased awareness of substance use and mental health.  

Aim: To improve awareness of legal and illegal substances and the issues around substance use. In this course we will explore various legal substances such as alcohol and new psychoactive substances (‘legal highs’) and illegal substances. Each will be examined and the risks outlined. We will also introduce basic chemical interactions in the brain; why people use substances, physical and psychological addiction and personal stories of substance use and recovery. 


  • To increase awareness of legal substances such as alcohol and new psychoactive substances(‘legal highs’)
  • To increase awareness of illegal substances
  • To gain a basic knowledge of drug interactions in the brain
  • To understand the potential physical, psychological and societal harm of these substances.
  • To understand the difference between physical and psychological addiction
  • To examine why use substances and look at personal stories of substance use and recovery

Trainer Information: 

Joe Pamphilon has worked in the addictions field for the past 10 years. He is trained Mental Health Nurse and has spent the last 5 years setting up and running Health in Mind’s CLEAR project – a substance misuse and mental health peer support project in Midlothian. 

Sue Phillips is a volunteer for the CLEAR project and offers 1:1 support to clients with substance misuse and mental health issues.




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September 2017


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