Special Issue "Promoting Recovery, Citizenship and Well-being in Substance Use Issues and Mental Health among Young Adults"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Mental Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 September 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Ottar Ness
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Guest Editor
Department of Education and Lifelong Learning, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, 7491 Trondheim, Norway
Interests: recovery; recovery-oriented practice; mental health; substance abuse; citizenship; relational welfare; well-being; social justice; participatory action research
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Prof. Dr. Marit Borg
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Assistant Guest Editor
Centre for Mental Health and Substance Abuse, University of South-Eastern Norway, 3679 Notodden, Norway
Interests: recovery; relational recovery; recovery oriented services; citizenship and human rights; survivor research; participatory action
Dr. Emma Watson
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Assistant Guest Editor
Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Nottingham NG3 6AA, United Kingdom
Interests: peer support; lived experience; recovery; survivor research
Dr. Knut Tore Sælør
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Assistant Guest Editor
Centre for Mental Health and Substance Abuse, University of South-Eastern Norway, 3679 Notodden, Norway
Interests: hope; relational hope; living conditions and recovery; substance (ab)use; mental health

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

There is an increasing number of young adults struggling with substance use and mental health problems and all their implications. In this call, we use the concept “substance use problems,” being aware that peer communities disagree with the term “abuse.” What we deem ‘abusive’ is a judgement on someone else’s behaviour. For many, these experiences begin as a response to inequality, exclusion, and trauma, and it is well known that young people who struggle with mental health or substance use problems experience further social exclusion from communities, education, work, and relationships. In this sense, young people can become doubly marginalized, through the experiences that caused them to begin using substances or experience mental health problems, and through the experiences of living with mental health and substance use problems. This ongoing marginalization ultimately isolates young people from the communities that they should be a part of, affecting their experiences of citizenship, and their ability to access the same rights and services as their peers.

This call aims to advance our understanding of the processes of recovery and concepts of citizenship and well-being for young people who live with substance use and mental health problems. We invite articles from different perspectives, across a wide range of topics on recovery and citizenship that explore, and address inclusion, exclusion, equity, and inequities faced by young people with substance use and mental health problems. We welcome articles which explore how services, policies, and communities can work together alongside young people to facilitate their recovery, citizenship, and well-being. The lived experience of young people is a vital means for us to advance our understanding of the issues they face, and so we particularly welcome articles from young adult service users, family members, and practitioners. We invite research that uses survivor/collaborative methodologies.

Prof. Dr. Ottar Ness
Prof. Dr. Marit Borg
Dr. Emma Watson
Dr. Knut Tore Sælør
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2300 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

Keywords

  • mental health
  • substance abuse
  • substance use
  • young adults
  • children and young people
  • recovery
  • citizenship
  • well-being
  • inequalities
  • social justice
  • lived experience

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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