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Unfortunately substance abuse and mental health problems often go hand in hand. Different substances such as alcohol or tobacco as well as street drugs like cannabis and cocaine can be used to self-medicate in times of great stress but equally they can be a major factor in mental illness. It is important to realise that they will often do more harm than good. Substance abuse also affects the people around you so it can be difficult to cope when someone close to you is dependent on drugs or alcohol. Drugs and Alcohol and Stop Smoking can provide you with in-depth and relevant advice.

Information about mental health and substance abuse

If you would like to find out more about substance abuse and mental health Mind provide information on their website about understanding the mental health effects of street drugs and the Mental Health Foundation has an article you might find relevant.

Rethink provide further information around ‘dual diagnosis’; those who have a mental illness alongside substance abuse.

If you are worried about someone

If you are worried about someone’s use of alcohol.

If you are worried about someone’s use of drugs.

Relevant links

Healthwatch Shropshire are an organisation dedicated to helping people in Shropshire get the best from their health and social care services.

Local GPs can be found through the NHS Choices website.

Samaritans are there to listen and provide support 24/7.

Mind is a mental health national organisation that provide useful information.

If you are worried about discrimination or stigma surrounding mental health you should look at Time to Change for further information.

EasyHealth provide accessible leaflets with information about mental health issues, information about services and videos.

More national mental health helplines can be found on the NHS Choices website.


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