Overview of Mental Health & Addictions
This LibGuide page is dedicated to resources on mental health and addictions as they impact the Aboriginal community in Canada. Mental health and substance abuse (typically drugs and alcohol) is a particularly pressing issue for First Nations, Metis and Inuit people as historic trauma has inflicted pain on the well-being of communities as a whole. These resources incorporate Aboriginal understanding of mental health and how best to address problems such as substance abuse, suicide, and others.
Be sure to navigate to the subsections for further information on suicide prevention and recovery.
Mental Health Resources
Mental Health & the Law
The following are general resources on the state of the law as it pertains to mental health issues in Alberta. The information contained here is of relevance to users and caregivers, outlining the rights of patients depending on the circumstances. Hover your mouse over each resource for more information.
- Alberta Mental Health Act Guide for Users & Caregivers Apprehension, Detention, Treatment
- Alberta Mental Health Act Guide for Users & Caregivers- Community Treatment Orders
- Finding Help for Mental Illness (BearPaw)
- Mental Health Act Guide (Alberta Health Services)
- Your Rights Under the Mental Health Act - Community Treatment Order (CTO)
- Your Rights under the Mental Health Act - Formal Patient
- Your Rights Under the Mental Health Act - One Admission Certificate
Guidelines and Resources for Mental Health Workers & Researchers
The following resources provide an overview of the current state of mental health among Aboriginal communities, assess the Indigenous understandings and contributions to mental health, and strategize ways in which mental health issues can properly be addressed. Hover your mouse over each resource for more information.
- A Path Forward: BC First Nations & Aboriginal People's Mental Wellness & Substance Use: 10 Year Plan
- Aboriginal And Western Conceptions Of Mental Health And Illness
- Aboriginal Homelessness & Mental Health: Exploring the Supports & Challenges of Aboriginal Peoples
- Aboriginal Mental Health: ‘What Works Best’
- Aboriginal Research Protocols: Healthy Aboriginal People In Healthy Communities
- Alberta Aboriginal Mental Health Framework
- Challenging Hidden Assumptions: Colonial Norms As Determinants Of Aboriginal Health
- Cultural Intervention Models in Mental Health: An Annotated Bibliography
- Emerging Trends in Research On Mental Health Among Canadian Aboriginal Peoples
- First Nations Wellness Continuum Framework
- Healing Traditions: Culture, Community & Mental Health Promotion With Canadian Aboriginal Peoples
- Holding Hope In Our Hearts: Relational Practice & Ethical Engagement In Mental Health & Addictions
- How Can Traditional Practices & Healers Complement Existing Practices in Mental Health?
- Improving Access To Mental Health & Addiction Services
- Mental Health Profiles For B.C.’s Aboriginal Survivors Of The Residential School System
- Mental Illness and Addiction in Canada (Mood Disorders Society Of Canada)
- The Mental Health & Wellbeing Of Aboriginal Children & Youth: Guidance For New Approaches & Services
- The Primer: Fact Sheet On Mental Health & Addictions Issues
Selected Titles From The BearPaw Library
The following are a sample of books available at the physical library.
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What is the Mental Health Strategy for Canada? (Mental Health Commission of Canada)
A short video outlining a new report from the Mental Health Commission of Canada, "Changing Directions, Changing Lives: The Mental Health Strategy of Canada."
To access the report, visit http://strategy.mentalhealthcommission.ca/
Culture Matters: Indigenous Perspectives On Behavioral Healthcare
"A documentary film focusing on Native American, Alaska Native, and Pacific Islander behavioral health care and how culture influences treatment decisions.
We travel to the South Pacific Island of American Samoa, the pristine wilderness of Alaska, and around the United States to talk with indigenous people and listen to their stories."
Aboriginal Mental Health: The Agenda with Steve Paikin
"Last month, the Neskantaga First Nation in northern Ontario declared a state of emergency following two suicides in one week, not counting 20 other attempts. Neskantaga and other remote First Nations in Nishnawbe Aski Nation face a much higher suicide rate than the rest of Canada. This while other First Nations saw a decline in the number of suicides and some, no suicides at all. Why are some communities overwhelmed with suicides and others suicide-free? The Agenda examines aboriginal mental health in the latest installment of our Mental Health Matters series."
Lakota Concept Of Mental Health And Illness
"The Lakota are native Americans from what is now North and South Dakota. Lewis Mehl-Madrona, MD, PhD, MPhil, author of the seminal book "Coyote Medicine" gave this view of how the Lakota view mental health and illness at the Integrative Mental Health Conference in Phoenix, Arizona on March 22, 2010"