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Courageous Conversations: Substance Abuse and Mental Health

Courageous Conversations 2023CSU presents a virtual forum normalizing conversations around substance abuse Wed 5/24 at noon

The numbers in recent years of substance abuse among college students have been staggering. Amongst them: Approximately 31% report symptoms of alcohol abuse, with 80% reporting they have abused alcohol at one time or another. It’s not just alcohol. Other substances such as marijuana, cocaine, and LSD continue to be an ongoing issue on college campuses nationwide.

Cleveland State University’s acclaimed virtual dialog series Courageous Conversations has tackled all topics and news of the day related to inclusiveness and diversity through honest discussions between CSU leaders and both public- and non-profit leaders in a safe, supportive space. On Wednesday, May 24, from noon to 1:15 p.m., the virtual conversation will shift its focus, discussing how to “normalize” the conversation around substance use and mental health.

There will also be time to ask questions to our panel, which will include:

Denise Keary, Wellness and Prevention Program Coordinator at CSU; Natalie Copeland-Traster, Educator in the Office of Opioid Safety, MetroHealth, and
Libbey Pelaia, Educator in the Office of Opioid Safety, MetroHealth. Ali Martin Scoufield, Assistant Vice President of Campus Engagement and Dean of Students at CSU, will moderate the event.

The MetroHealth Office of Opioid Safety, in partnership with CSU’s Wellness Prevention Program, will discuss factors that influence substance use decisions, and debunk myths around substance use and mental health, while looking at real-world practical strategies that encourage productive discussions around alcohol and substance use, including the intersection with mental health self-care.

Those interested in attending can do so by registering here.

Past virtual Courageous Conversations can be found at