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Signs of


on Substances or Behaviours

This is a companion lesson to the one on Cannabis, however it can be used separately if you wish.

Dependence is a situation where someone has lost control of their relationship with the substance. There are many substances or behaviours that young people can develop a dependence on.


In this lesson, students explore the effects of cannabis and other substance use on pre-existing mental health problems and look at signs of dependence. 


Junior Cycle Wellbeing

Strand 4: My Mental Health

Learning Outcomes

2.5 demonstrate the personal and social skills to address pressure to smoke, to drink alcohol and/or use other substances​.

4.7 Explain the significance of substance use for one's mental health.

Lesson Plan

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Slides for use in lesson

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Teacher's Resources

Delivering the Dependence Lesson

Delivering the Dependence Lesson

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Andrew Bates from St Colmcille's Community School discusses his experience developing and delivering this lesson on dependence with his 2nd Year students.

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