Gap between Aboriginal and Western approaches to mental health persists – FPYN

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by NationTalk on November 9, 2012941 Views

A gap still exists between Aboriginal and Western approaches to Aboriginal mental health—that’s one of the findings of a recent study. The research team, primarily from Saskatchewan, looked at past work on the treatment and healing of Aboriginal Peoples with mental health and substance-related issues. The researchers observed the Aboriginal tradition of storytelling to convey the importance of adopting holistic and culture-based treatment for Aboriginal clients.

Ultimately, what they found can help psychiatrists and practitioners working with Aboriginal Peoples experiencing mental health and substance-related issues. Their findings also highlight the importance for practitioners to know about Aboriginal approaches to treating mental health and addictions. What’s more, the researchers provide a starting point for understanding the disconnect between disorder-based psychiatry and culture-based approaches to treatment and healing.

Read more: http://www.fpyn.ca/content/news-item-or-announcement/gap-between-aboriginal-and-western-approaches-mental-health-persis

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