December 2, 2020 | 12:00pm CST

COVID-Related Stress and the Connection to Substance Use and Mental Health Issues

With Siobhan A. Morse, MHSA, CRC, CAI, MAC

Covid has presented a number of challenges to the behavioral health community. According to surveys, the US population in general is experiencing greater stress, anxiety, and depression which can lead to feelings of being overwhelmed and hopelessness. Behavioral health providers are on the front lines of dealing with the crisis and the impact of these feelings in real life individuals on a daily basis. This session will discuss the relationships between Covid and the mental health challenges that it presents and their relationship to substance use and abuse. Data from treatment centers will be reviewed, and strategies to address underlying symptoms will be presented. Upon completion of this webinar, attendees will be able to: Review the impact of stress and associated behavioral health challenges arising during Covid Discuss the relationship between stress and behavioral health symptoms to substance use and abuse Identify strategies to mitigate stress, manage symptoms, and prevent substance use, abuse, and relapse

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