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Aboriginal women’s mental health policy brief released

November 11, 2010

A new brief describing the key recommendations of the report “Kiskâyitamawin Miyo-Mamitonecikan: Urban Aboriginal Women and Mental Health,” has been produced by the Prairie Womens’ Health Centre of Excellence. The report’s four key recommendations are: to examine how cultural (relationships) and structural (policy) level changes can be made to serve and support the mental health and well-being of Aboriginal women in a changing policy climate; to conduct research on the meaning and application of an Aboriginal lens when addressing the mental health and well-being of Aboriginal women; to reframe mental health services and supports so they mirror Aboriginal women’s realities, living conditions and aspirations; and to develop mental health services and supports from evidence-based practice and practice-based evidence. To access the policy brief and the full report, visit www.pwhce.ca. See also “Study Explores Urban Aboriginal Women’s Ideas about Mental Health,” Mental Health Notes, September 16, 2010.

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