Ethical Programming: Towards a Community-Centred Approach to Mental Health and Addiction Programming in Aboriginal Communities

Individuals who are mentally ill, distressed, or struggling with addiction are among the most vulnerable in any Aboriginal community. However, in addressing their needs, Western medical models of diagnosis and treatment marginalize the historical and social context of their suffering, the social inequities that exacerbate their distress, and the inner strengths and resilience of Aboriginal peoples and their cultures to survive despite ongoing adversity. This paper is grounded in research that has documented the lived experiences of Aboriginal peoples.P>

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Created: 2013-04-01
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