The Nexus of Substance Misuse and Mental Health

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.




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


Nexus of Substance Misuse Prevention and Mental Health Promotion

The first 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.





Jillian Neill

Dr.  Jillian Neill is an Associate Project Director in the Mental Health Specialist role at the Education Development Center and a licensed Clinical Psychologist. Dr. Neill has expertise in clinical intervention, mental health promotion, suicide prevention, program development and evaluation, and trauma-informed care. She has significant experience with teaching, clinical practice, assessment, and mental health promotion in higher education settings, as well as K-12 schools.

Dr. Neill has a BA in Psychology from the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill, an M.Ed. in Early Childhood Special Education from George Washington University, and an MA and PhD in Clinical Developmental Psychology from Bryn Mawr College. 



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. 




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Starts: Apr. 26, 2022 11:00 am
Ends: Apr. 26, 2022 12:30 pm
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