Consultant warns of the impacts of everyday substances on mental health

A consultant psychiatrist is warning that ‘psycho-active’ substances such as fake tan can have a damaging effect on the mental health of young people.

Dr Eamon Keenan, HSE consultant pyschiatrist in substance misuse was speaking at a Dual Diagnosis conference organised by Sinn Fein in Sligo on Friday.

Dual Diagnosis is when a person suffers from both a substance abuse problem and another mental health issue.

Moves are now underway to treat both together instead of separately, as has been the case up to now.

Dr. Keenan says young people need to be aware of the types of substances that could be affecting their mental health: