Mental health

Language matters: Contemporary discursive constructions of alcohol use.


Wednesday 17th February 2020, 1-2pm

Claire Melia: 'Language matters: Contemporary discursive constructions of alcohol use.' This talk draws upon research surrounding the prominent discourses used to account for alcohol use across a range of contexts. Analysis considers the impact of these constructions in attributing blame and the associated stigma for alcohol use issues. 

Addiction and the Family International Network

The AFINet Webinars cover a range of topics related to Addiction and the Family. The programme for 2021 is below. Participation in each webinar is free, but to join, you MUST register beforehand. For each Webinar that you are interested in, please register in the few days before it starts, via Date: Tuesday 23rd February 2021 Title: Teleintervenção fundamentada na entrevista motivacional para familías que convivem com um parente com problemas por consumo de

Stigma Reading List

Stigma is a complex construct that is present within societies at different levels. The impact of stigma can severely damage individuals and communities. People who use substances are often on the receiving end of stigmatising attitudes and discrimination from different sources ranging from the general public to healthcare professionals and politicians.

Overcoming Stigma Through Language: A Primer

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Stigma is a significant barrier to wellness and good health for people who use substances.

The goal of this primer is to facilitate conversations and increase awareness of the stigma surrounding people who use substances, their support networks, and service providers in the community.

The publication was developed in partnership with the Community Addictions Peer Support Association. 

Collaborative Perspectives On Addiction Annual Meeting


The Collaborative Perspectives on Addiction (CPA) annual conference is sponsored by Division 50 (Society of Addiction Psychology) of the American Psychological Association (APA). The meeting provides scientific programing on cutting-edge research and clinical advances across the addiction field.

Logging into Therapy: Adolescent Perceptions of Online Therapies for Mental Health Problems

Sweeney, G. M., Donovan, C. L., March, S., & Forbes, Y. (2019). Logging into therapy: Adolescent perceptions of online therapies for mental health problems. Internet interventions, 15, 93-99.
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This study describes adolescent attitudes towards online therapies and explores the factors that predict these attitudes.