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Cover image for lecture: Party Drugs: a Tipping Point for Mental Illness?

Lecture Overview

Understand the link between recreational drug use and mental illness. This session examines the limited evidence on questions like: can party drugs trigger psychosis? Will drug-use exacerbate existing mental illnesses? Are party drugs the new social lubricant?


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Karen-Ann Clarke

Dr Karen-Ann Clarke is a registered nurse and a specialised mental health nurse with 30 years’ experience of working with individuals and families impacted by the experience of mental illness. Using a feminist narrative methodology, her PhD research explored the way that women diagnosed with depression made decisions and meanings about receiving electroconvulsive therapy. As a lecturer in nursing at USC, Karen-Ann is responsible for the coordination of mental health curricula across multiple undergraduate and postgraduate programs. Teaching in excess of 900 undergraduate students each year, she is passionate about the value that immersive mental health simulation can bring to student’s learning and clinical skills and the way that it can safely bring to life theoretical concepts related to mental healthcare. Karen-Ann currently supervises a number of honours, masters and PhD students and is part of numerous research projects, involving visualisation and simulation, mental illness, suicide prevention and the inclusion of people with lived experience of mental illness into the teaching and learning space. See Educator Profile


26 Total Rating(s)
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Gillian Wilson
25 Jun 2019

Well presented. Interesting seminar.

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beverley Taylor
21 May 2019

interesting topic and good use of up to date references

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Nathanael Britton
20 May 2019

Excellent summary of the effect of substance use on mental health with the addition of many other pertinent points to dwell on and consider.

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Patricia Gardner
06 May 2019

The video was ok. The speaker was easy to listen and very good.

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Colin Gardiner
24 Apr 2019

Good presentation and well worth listening too.

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Karen Behm
24 Apr 2019

Very interesting and informative.

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June Casey
24 Apr 2019

Reasonably interesting

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Hans Preiner
08 Apr 2019

I will take to accounts the specifics of my patient presentation on the assceement

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03 Apr 2019

Very good

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Jeffrey stein
30 Mar 2019

interesting topic ,i must admit i am see a lot more drug/mental health issues over the last few years its valuable to hear about new studies and research.