Substance Misuse Awareness

This course was more personal and there was more discussion than other pieces of training that I’ve had.

Substance Misuse Awareness

This half day course raises awareness of substance misuse and how it affects mental health. It covers:

  • Provides you with an opportunity to explore the connections between poor mental health and substance misuse.
  • Skills to work more effectively with people living with substance misuse issues
  • Ways to support people with substance abuse and mental health issues and relate to their experiences


The online 4 hour course is priced at £750 for up to 25 participants.

Please get in touch for in person course prices.


This is a 4 hour course and can be delivered either in person or online.

Learning takes place through a mix of presentations, group discussions and workshop activities.

We limit numbers to 25 people per course so that the instructor can keep people safe and supported while they learn.

This course works well combined with the either the Adult or Youth Mental Health Aware course.


On completion of the course, you will receive:

  • A PDF of how to have conversations around substance misuse & signposting

Course content

  • Prevalence of substance misuse
  • Different types of substances that are used
  • Explore the reasons why people use substances and how this connects to, and impacts on poor mental
  • Commonly used drugs and their impact (in particular how this interfaces with adolescent development)
  • Risk factors and ACES (adverse childhood experiences)
  • Signs that someone could have a problem
  • How to say no to drugs and harm reduction
  • How to support someone in distress
  • What is recovery?
  • Listening skills & having conversations
  • Signposting and services

Really good course – James was easy to talk to and used clear examples to help discuss the topics. I felt comfortable to take part in discussions and my opinion, question or comment was valued. Really made me think about current practice and improvements to it.