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Mental Health: Dual diagnosis - mental illness and substance use

Guide to library resources for staff of St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne with an interest in mental health, psychiatry and psychology

Dual Diagnosis

Welcome to a special issue of Mental Health Update about dual diagnosis - mental illness with substance use. 

NEXUS Dual Diagnosis Consultation Service: I would like to thank Simon Kroes and Kevan Myers from NEXUS for their assistance. Located at St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne, NEXUS is a component of the Victorian Dual Diagnosis Initiative (VDDI). Their role is to enhance dual diagnosis capability across the AOD (Alcohol and Other Drug) and MH (Mental Health) sectors. NEXUS supports integrated AOD and MH treatment through service development, education and clinical leadership. NEXUS is not a direct clinical service provider. NEXUS contact +61 3 9231 2083 or 

Full text access: Most of these resources are freely accessible, but articles marked with an asterisk* require an SVHM login for offsite access. Readers from other organisations are welcome, but please note that some links will not work for you, and this library can only supply subscription based full text resources to SVHM staff and students.  Endnote:  SVHM staff may request an Endnote library of these citations.   

Library contact: to subscribe to updates, request an Endnote library or ask about library services.  

Last updated: 4 March 2022 (new articles are added to the top of the relevant section)

Resources by SVHM staff

Resources and publications by NEXUS staff:



Publications by other SVHM staff - just a snippet!

Communication and therapeutic alliance

Dual diagnosis services

Coordination of services

Recovery oriented practice

Inpatient services

Compulsory treatment

Client experience of services


Video from the 2016 Victorian Dual Diagnosis Initiative Statewide forum



Consumer viewpoint - a video from Polar Warriors


Alcoholics Anonymous

Brief interventions

DBT and Mentalization

Health promotion

Motivational interventions

Motivational interviewing

Preventive interventions



Suicide prevention 


Staff training

Staff training provider


Carers, family and friends

Carers Can Ask - a resource for carers created by NEXUS Dual Diagnosis service

*Caregiving for relatives with psychiatric disorders vs. co-occurring psychiatric and substance use disorders. Labrum T. Psychiatric Quarterly, 2018, 89(3), 631-644.


*Recovery, peer support and confrontation in services for people with mental illness and/or substance use disorder. Corrigan PW, Larson JE, Smelson D, et al. British Journal of Psychiatry, 2019, 214(3), 130-132.



A user centered dual diagnosis meeting place - Villa Voortman, Ghent

Unraveling recovery: a qualitative study rooted in the lived experiences of persons with complex mental health needs. De Ruysscher C. Ghent University, 2019. Note this thesis includes an open access version of:

Helen Wilding

Helen Wilding, Senior Research Librarian

Carl de Gruchy Library, St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne

Literature Searching, Systematic Reviews, Mental Health liaison 
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