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Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month
 
ICUDDR aims to raise awareness about the importance of mental health as well as co-occurring disorders in the lives of people around the world. This month we will be sharing information, resources, and ways to get involved.

Co-occurring disorder refers to the coexistence of a substance use disorder —alcohol or other drug abuse — and a mental health disorder. Sometimes referred to as dual diagnosis or comorbidity, this issue is critical to behavioral health as National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that 7.7 million people are living with both a substance use and mental health disorder. 

As a consortium of Universities, we support the rapid improvement in competencies and skills among current and future generations of addiction professionals, to meet the increasing demand for prevention, treatment, and public health services. Understanding the overlap of substance use disorders and mental health is vital to the workforce in behavioral health. Does your curricula include education about mental health and co-occurring disorders? Resources and support are available; see below. Reach out to ICUDDR for additional support with networking, research, consultation, or training.
Educational Resource
Did you know this resource is available for free download?
        

This manual, referred to as TIP 42, offers mental health professionals models and techniques for working with people living with co-occurring disorders. It describes screening and assessment and lists five guiding principles for effective management. TIP 42 can be utilized as a teaching tool and is free for you and your students. 
Training Resources
 
- Reducing Stigma Associated with Mental Health, May 18th at 1pm EST, SAMSHA event
Now What? – Mental Health Issues in Post COVID America, May 25th at 1pm, SAMHSA and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development event 
Curricula Resource

Is your University a training provider with us? Training providers can access the Universal Treatment Curriculum, which includes Course 3: Common Co-occurring Mental and Medical Disorders- An Overview for Addiction Professionals. For more information and to apply, go to https://icuddr.org/resources/Curricula.aspx
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