Comorbitiy is a term used to describe the presence of multiple health issues or conditions. In this website we use it referring to people experiencing issues with drugs and alcohol and mental healh.   Self-care refers to actions and attitudes that people have which contribute, and help maintain, their personal health and wellbeing. For LGBTI people, there may be community and cultural considerations that effect the approach.   Getting support is an essential part of maintining healthy wellbeing. A preference for accessing specific LGBTI services, where available, may be a good starting point.
   

WELCOME TO THE MIND + MATTER WEBSITE

The information contained in this site will be useful for anyone who wants to know more about the interaction between alcohol and other drug use and psychological wellbeing. This website has been specifically designed for and by lesbian gay bisexual transgender and intersex (LGBTI) communities.

This website shares its name with ACON’s Mind + Matter peer support groups.

The next Mind + Matter group starts on:

  • We are hoping to start our next group in late June/early July - TBC
  • Register today for our next group by emailing aod@acon.org.au

Like the groups, this website offers practical information and links to resources for people who are experiencing concerns relating to alcohol and other drug use and psychological wellbeing. This is a peer-based tool so we refer to “our” and “your” use through most sections. It is also a great resource for family, friends and partners of those experiencing these issues.

 

Quotes from previous group participants

In Mind + Matter we prefer to talk about “wellbeing”, not drugs, alcohol and mental health as separate issues - this is all part of our wellbeing. We cannot look at one without acknowledging the other. Our approach to drugs, alcohol and mental health is that this forms part of a person’s life and is not the defining feature of who they are.

We also acknowledge that people experience drugs, alcohol, anxiety, stress and moods in different ways. Mental health wellbeing can be a broad concept and can have a wide range of life implications from diagnosed disorders to occasional or situational issues.

Comorbidity means the co-existence or co-occurring of two or more health related issues. That can mean having crystal dependence and depression, or dependence on cannabis whilst living with anxiety for example. A person may have two or more substance use issues and/or wellbeing related issues.

This website takes a non-judgmental approach and makes few assumptions. Its goals are to simply increase understanding and offer recommendations for support, harm reduction strategies, treatment and links to further information or resources.

ACON is NSW leading health promotion organisation specialising in HIV and LGBTI health. ACON offers a range of support services for people experiencing issues related to drug and alcohol and mental health and wellbeing as well as Mind + Matter, our dedicated comorbidity peer support group. You can get more information on this by following the links and register your interest if you think that this group could benefit you.

ACON offers a range of support services for people experiencing issues related to drug and alcohol and mental health and wellbeing as well as Mind + Matter, our dedicated comorbidity peer support group. You can get more information on this by following the links and register your interest if you think that this group could benefit you.

 

What Mind + Matter group particpants have said about the support group:

  "There's no place else on Earth that I can talk about these issues... My fiiends don't know I use."
 

 

 "I'm getting back in contact with my values and things that I enjoy."

 

"For me, I felt like I was moving forward."

  

 
 

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