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Student Perceptions of the Links Between Mental Health and Substance Use

Dr. Amanda Hudson, Psychology and Neuroscience Department, Dalhousie University
Craig Moore, M.A., Site Coordinator & Research Assistant The PROsocial Project (The Caring Campus Project), Dalhousie University

The Caring Campus Project conducted yearly surveys of students at each institution, as well as focus groups with students on a variety of topics. This session will emphasize focus group data on students’ perceived links between mental health and substance use. Findings pinpoint both strengths and weaknesses in students’ understanding of links between substance use and mental health and identify potential targets for future mental health and harm reduction campus initiatives.