People experiencing a mental health condition often struggle with an overlapping—or what the medical community calls co-occurring—disorder, such as a substance use disorder (SUD). The inaugural webinar in our Mental Illness 101 series will pay special attention to the current opioid crisis and how opioid use disorder (OUD) could be masking mental health concerns. Participants will learn the most recent research estimating how many individuals experience both substance use and mental illness. Presenters will identify specific signs and symptoms when someone might have a co-occurring disorder and how everyday leaders can refer such individuals to the appropriate level of care.
Presenter: David E. Jenkins, Psy.D., Professor, Director of M.A. in Addiction Counseling, Dept. of Counselor Education & Family Studies, School of Behavioral Sciences, Liberty University
The Mental Illness 101 Webinar Series
The HHS Partnership Center is hosting a timely series of webinars aimed at educating, equipping, and engaging communities on this often unspoken epidemic. Through increased awareness, mental health myths are dispelled, and individuals, families, and ultimately communities, can thrive.