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Welcome to our "Substance Use and Mental Health" session, where we aim to explore the intricate connection between substance use and mental health. This session will provide valuable guidance on accessing support and offer strategies for managing co-occurring challenges.
Substance use and mental health are often deeply intertwined, with one influencing the other in complex ways. Individuals may turn to substances as a way to cope with mental health challenges, but in turn, substance use can exacerbate these issues. It's crucial to recognize this interplay and seek holistic support.
If you or someone you know is struggling with substance use and mental health concerns, it's essential to reach out for support. Your workplace may offer resources through October's Employee Assistance Program (EAP) to provide guidance and counseling tailored to these specific challenges. Additionally, professional therapists and support groups can offer invaluable assistance in navigating these issues.
Managing co-occurring substance use and mental health challenges requires a multi-faceted approach. It's essential to prioritize self-care, build a support network, and consider engaging in digital group sessions offered by October to gain valuable insights and coping strategies. Nancy, our dedicated student-registered counselor, will offer her expertise in understanding the impact of trauma on our daily lives and relationships, which can be profoundly valuable in navigating these challenges.
Remember, October's content is educational and supportive, but it is not a substitute for professional advice. If you have clinical needs, it's important to reach out to a licensed healthcare provider. In case of emergencies, please call your nearest emergency department or use the emergency button on our app.
Take care and remember that seeking support is a courageous step toward holistic well-being.