ISSU18 Mental Health - What we do

The majority of staff in ISSU18 comes from a mental health background however have specialised in substance misuse therefore your mental health and wellbeing is very important in regards to the work we do. Some of the interventions we use are as follows:

  • Resilience building
  • Anger work
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Family Interventions
  • Self Esteem/Confidence building
  • Prescribing
  • Building a therapeutic relationship conducive to discussing your thoughts and feelings
  • Bereavement Skills
  • Solution Focused Brief Therapy
  • Signposting to specialist services.

At ISSU18 we do not set a limit to the number of sessions you will need and take this in to consideration once you have undergone our initial assessment. At the ISSU18 we work from a Bio-psyosocial model which means we take in to consideration the biology of the substance you are using, the psychological implications and social circumstances, thus giving consideration to many aspects of your life not only substance misuse.

How to achieve good mental health and well being

When anyone mentions mental health and wellbeing and the importance of looking after our mental health
Sometimes people become concerned about what this means
Often what springs to mind are severe and enduring mental illnesses such as

  • Schizophrenia
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Clinical Depression etc.

Where as helping to maintain good mental health and wellbeing can be achieved by some simple strategies.

  • Making sure that you get enough sleep
  • Having a balanced diet
  • Physical Activity a walk in the fresh air is good especially if you aren’t a fan of activities that will make you hot sticky and red faced.
  • Having someone that you trust that you can talk problems and worries through with
  • Avoiding drugs and keeping alcohol use within safe limits for those 18 and over
  • Keeping stress levels in check

We all experience stress in our lives; however there are times such as during exams when stress is greater.

Having a structured revision time table which includes regular recreation time which part of that time table –so that you don’t feel guilty when not studying. You will find that you retain more information than if you don’t allow some relaxation time.

Having good metal health allows us to cope with problems and difficulties in our lives in a way that has a positive outcome for us.

Drugs alcohol and mental health.

Alcohol is our drug of choice and is socially acceptable. However there are times when people use drugs or alcohol to help them cope with problems that they are having.
These may be in relation to

  • Low self esteem- not feeling good about themselves
  • Lack of self confidence – not feeling that they are any good at things
  • Feeling nervous in social situations such as chatting to the opposite sex, or at social gatherings
  • Low mood
  • Feeling stressed out and many more.

However what happens is that at first people can feel that the drugs or alcohol are helping them to feel and to cope better. What then begins to happen is that they find that they need more drugs or alcohol to get that feeling of being “better”.
So over time drug and alcohol consumption increases, this leads to other problems these can be with

  • Parents or carers
  • Friends
  • School / college, or employers
  • Other important relationships
  • Or in the local community with people coming to the attention of the police, all of which impact on mental health and wellbeing