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In last week’s article from Lochaber Chamber we looked at the importance of acknowledging mental health issues in people’s working lives.

Employers are becoming more aware of the need to treat worker’s mental health in the same way as physical health.

But do employers have a duty of care to step in when they think an employee has an issue with alcohol or drugs?
Individual businesses will have their own views and policies, but many businesses and individuals would benefit from increased understanding of the issues.

That’s why Lochaber Chamber is working with the Highland Alcohol and Drugs Partnership to promote a Basic Drug and Alcohol Awareness Training Day at the Moorings Hotel on Thursday June 6.

This FREE one-day event is open to everyone and we encourage all our member businesses to come along to increase their knowledge and understanding of the issues around substance use and abuse.

The training will increase your knowledge of substances, their effects and what tools and techniques can be used to reduce the harm caused by substance use.

The training will be led by Sharon Holloway, development manager at the Highland Alcohol and Drugs Partnership, based on the approach set out in the Highland Alcohol and Drugs Strategy.

We will also be joined by PC Katy Duncan from Police Scotland, who will give us an introduction to the local situation and how Police Scotland can help support the community.

By the end of the training participants will have a better understanding of:

  •  How stigma can impact upon substance use.
    Different drug types and effects.
  • What is meant by prevention and harm reduction.
  • Tools and techniques to use for motivating change.
  • What services and resources are available.
  • Book your place and find out about other events from Lochaber Chamber of Commerce at Or call our friendly team on 01397 705 765 to find out more.