Chat Day Live Question on Mental Health and Chemical Dependency

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[Dr. Jack Stein speaking]
So, we’ve got a question
from Kalila from

Saint Francis High
School in Minnesota.

Let’s hear her question.

[Kalila W. speaking]
What is the relationship
with mental health and

chemical dependency?

[Dr. Jack Stein speaking]
OK, thank you for
that question Kalila.

In order to answer it, we’ve
brought in Dr. Susan, who’s with

the National Institute
of Mental Health.

And, thank you for
being here, Dr. Susan.

[Dr. Susan Borja speaking]

That’s a great question.

I think that, what we know from
science is that people that

experience mental illness
are more likely to also

abuse drugs and alcohol.

And unfortunately, people
that abuse drugs and alcohol

are more likely to
experience mental illness

the longer that they use.

There’s help for that
though, for both conditions.

Whether it’s substance abuse,
alcohol, or mental health

problems, there’s
treatments that are available.

And, if you treat one,
you’re less likely to develop

the problems of the other one.

And if you’re experiencing
both already, treating both is

the best option.

[Dr. Jack Stein speaking]
So, that’s really a key message
here, is that they can happen

together, and treating
them together is important.

[Dr. Susan Borja speaking]

[Dr. Jack Stein speaking]
Question for teens who
may be experiencing some

problems with either mental
health and/or drug abuse,

where is the first
place to turn?

Where do you--what do you do?

[Dr. Susan Borja speaking]
Teens have lots of resources,
starting with their parents or

a teacher, guidance
counselor, coach, any of those

trusted adults, you could
help--you could talk to--that

might be able to help
get you the resources

that you need to have a long,
healthy, productive life.