Aboriginal mental health

Issue: BCMJ, vol. 53 , No. 3 , April 2011 , Pages 136 News

The February edition of the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry focuses on Aboriginal mental health in Canada. 

Dr Malcolm King, guest editor, writes “Mental health is, in some ways, the most important health issue for Aboriginal peoples in Canada, partly because it contributes both directly and indirectly to so much of the gap in health status, and perhaps even more importantly, because mental health issues are so neglected in our society, especially so for Abori­ginal peoples.”

The journal’s first In Review article, by Dr Colleen Anne Dell and co­authors, examines the cultural im­plications of psychiatry’s individualized approach to treating mental disorders through the lens of a youth residential treatment facility for First Nations and Inuit youth who abuse solvents. 

In the second In Review article, Dr Laurence Kirmayer and coauthors recommend incorporating the diverse Aboriginal notions of resilience into research. 

Articles ca­n be viewed online at http://publications.cpa-apc.org/browse/documents/2.

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