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17TH November 2014 / London Conference


Our behaviour and attitudes are influenced by a number of factors, including our cultural background and the culture within which we are living in. What is considered to be “problematic” drug or alcohol use in one culture, may not be considered in the same fashion in another. Culture can have a powerful influence on the substance of choice, how and where it is used and with whom. The stigma associated with drug and alcohol misuse can result in a low uptake of services by certain groups. Some service providers have established projects which work specifically with certain minority groups. Is this the way forward or should all drug and alcohol services be able to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse population in the UK?

This one day conference will focus on these issues and on a number of other key questions associated with culture & substance misuse including:

  • Are some individuals and ethnic groups more or less susceptible to addiction that others?
  • The global and UK picture: What are the prevalence rates for drug and alcohol misuse? • What do we know about the impact of migration on drug and alcohol misuse?
  • How can we improve access to Drug & Alcohol services by Black and minority ethnic communities?
  • How can we reduce the stigma?
  • What do we know about the needs and experiences of Black & minority ethnic communities who do access services?
  • To what extent have these issues been considered in national policy documents and initiatives?


Who Should Attend?

This conference will be relevant to all professionals in the field of Mental Health and Social Care, including those from Local Authorities and NHS trusts across the UK, Social Workers, Approved Mental Health Professionals, Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Counsellors, Early Intervention Teams, CPN’s, OT’s, Chaplains, Community Faith Leaders & Healers, Equality Leads, Community Development Workers, Service User Representatives, Charities, Third Sector, Educational Establishments, Academics and Policy makers.