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Overview - Mental health and alcohol and other drugs

Last Modified: 28-Jun-2018 Review Date: N/A

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​A mental health issue refers to either a:

  • mental health problem – where a person has diminished cognitive, emotional or social skills but not to the extent that the criteria for mental illness is met, or
  • mental illness – where a person has a clinically diagnosable disorder that significantly interferes with their cognitive, emotional and social abilities.

A mental health issue can significantly affect how a person thinks, feels, behaves and interacts with other people. For many people, mental health issues can impact on their ability to function and maintain relationships.

Alcohol and other drugs refers to alcohol, illegal drugs and pharmaceutical drugs, including volatile substance use. The substances often involved where there are parenting concerns include alcohol, opiates, amphetamines, cannabis and non-medical use of pharmaceutical drugs.

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