The Nexus of Substance Misuse Prevention and Mental Health Promotion

11:00am - July 28, 2022 thru 12:30pm - July 28, 2022 | Timezone: US/Central
Great Lakes PTTC
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The Great Lakes PTTC is providing a 3-part series on the nexus of substance misuse and other public health issues. We will be exploring the nexus of substance misuse and mental health conditions, suicide, and problem gambling. This “nexus” provides an opportunity for prevention specialists and other behavioral health leaders to develop a cohesive strategy within a public health framework to reduce the rates of all four behavioral health problems.


The three webinars in this series will provide state and community substance misuse prevention practitioners with information on the scope of each problem, an understanding of traditional barriers to collaboration and current programming, and ways to work together. The three sessions are:

  • Nexus of Substance Misuse Prevention and Suicide Prevention 
  • Nexus of Substance Misuse Prevention and Problem Gambling Prevention
  • Nexus of Substance Misuse Prevention and Mental Health Promotion


Nexus of Substance Misuse Prevention and Mental Health Promotion

The third of this 3-part series will focus on the nexus between substance misuse prevention and mental health promotion efforts. We recognize that drug and alcohol addiction as well as substance use disorders are commonly associated with underlying or untreated mental health disorders. Anxiety disorders, depression, and other psychiatric disorders frequently coincide with an individual's substance use.




  • Discuss the complex relationship between mental health disorders and substance misuse.
  • List shared risk and protective factors between mental health and substance misuse disorders
  • List the barriers to collaboration between the mental health field and substance misuse prevention
  • Describe collaboration strategies for substance use prevention professionals and the mental health field to improve public health and community conditions.


The Great Lakes PTTC is offering this training for individuals working in HHS Region 5: IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI. This training is being provided in response to a need identified by Region 5 stakeholders.



Photo: Heidi Kar

Heidi Kar, PhD

Heidi Kar is EDC’s principal advisor for mental health, trauma, and violence. A licensed clinical psychologist and global mental health expert, she provides strategic direction, oversees business development, and leads EDC’s work on raising external visibility on mental health, trauma, and violence. Kar oversees mental health and resiliency-based interventions to address the needs of underserved and vulnerable communities. Previously, she worked with International Rescue Committee, International Center for Research on Women, and John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her work serves domestic violence survivors and perpetrators, vulnerable youth, American Indian and Alaska Native communities, law enforcement officers, veterans, and other at-risk populations. Kar is an invited member of the World Health Organization’s Violence Prevention Alliance and the Forum on Global Violence Prevention of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. A media spokesperson, Kar’s expertise has been spotlighted by New Day, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, and KCRW. Kar holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Stony Brook University and an MHS in International Health from the JHU Bloomberg School of Public Health.





Registrants who fully attend this event or training will receive a certificate of attendance. Certificates are disseminated via email to all qualifying individuals approximately two weeks after the conclusion of the event or training. 




Once this event is completed, go to the Products/Resources page to view the recording. The recording will be posted within two weeks following the event.