What we used to learn’: Mental health treatment for Indigenous youth must draw on tradition, advocates say – CBC

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2 reviews recommend culturally relevant supports for Indigenous youth struggling with addiction, mental health

Mar 31, 2019

Tina Fontaine’s tragic free fall has been painstakingly detailed so often that many now have the series of missed opportunities that preceded her death seared into memory.

The Indigenous teen’s short life was punctuated by trauma — trauma many people who work with at-risk youth say can only be avoided in other cases by bringing Indigenous tradition, teachings and culture into mental health and addictions treatment.

That was one of the recommendations in a recent report into the 2014 death of 15-year-old Tina Fontaine — which helped spur calls for an inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women — by Manitoba advocate for children and youth Daphne Penrose.

Read More: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/manitoba-virgo-report-indigenous-health-tina-fontaine-1.5077015

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