REVIEW AND INTEGRATION OF MENTAL HEALTH AND SUBSTANCE USE SERVICES IN PUBLIC HEALTH INITIATIVES

Authors

  • Chinyere Assumpta Onyenwe Independent Researcher, Lagos, Nigeria
  • Chinyere Onwumere Abia State University Teaching Hospital, Aba. (ABSUTH), Nigeria
  • Ifeoma Pamela Odilibe Independent Researcher, Houston, Texas, USA.

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.51594/imsrj.v4i3.933

Abstract

The intersection of mental health and substance use presents a complex challenge for public health initiatives globally. This review delves into the critical review and integration of mental health and substance use services within public health frameworks. Understanding the intricate relationship between mental health disorders and substance abuse is pivotal in designing effective interventions and policies. The review examines existing literature, policies, and programs aimed at addressing mental health and substance use disorders within public health initiatives. It highlights the interconnectedness of these issues and the need for integrated approaches that consider the biopsychosocial aspects of individuals' well-being. Furthermore, it explores the prevalence of comorbidity and the implications it poses for treatment outcomes and resource allocation. Integration of mental health and substance use services into public health initiatives involves the collaboration of various stakeholders, including healthcare providers, policymakers, community organizations, and individuals with lived experiences. Strategies such as co-location of services, cross-training of professionals, and implementation of evidence-based practices are essential for fostering synergy and enhancing service delivery. Moreover, the review discusses the importance of destigmatizing mental health and substance use disorders to facilitate help-seeking behavior and access to care. Public awareness campaigns and educational initiatives play a crucial role in challenging misconceptions and promoting a culture of acceptance and support. This review underscores the significance of reviewing and integrating mental health and substance use services within public health initiatives. It advocates for a holistic approach that addresses the complex needs of individuals while striving for equity, accessibility, and quality in service provision.

Keywords:  Mental Health, Healthcare, Public Health, Services, Cross-training, Review.

Published

2024-03-22

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