Why culture is key to Indigenous mental health – TVO.org

Carol Hopkins of the Thunderbird Partnership Foundation on the role cultural practices should play in supporting Indigenous communities

Sep 26, 2017

Carol Hopkins firmly believes there are promising paths forward for Indigenous communities confronting mental health and addiction issues. A member of the Delaware First Nation of Moraviantown, Ontario, Hopkins — also known as Nozhem of the Wolf Clan — is executive director of the Thunderbird Partnership Foundation, which works with First Nations and Inuit communities to address substance abuse and addiction. While Hopkins is hopeful, though, she says too few mental health services are grounded in the historical and cultural contexts that are crucial for Indigenous healing.

Hopkins will be appearing at an Ontario Brain Institute event devoted to a discussion of mental wellness in Indigenous communities. TVO will be streaming the talk, which starts at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 26.

Read More: http://tvo.org/article/current-affairs/the-next-ontario/why-culture-is-key-to-indigenous-mental-health

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