Paper #3: Mental Health

Access to mental health services within NNADAP continues to be a priority concern for First Nations communities in Canada. It is generally accepted that about half of all people who present with a substance use problem have had a mental health problem at some point in their lives – and it is believed that these rates may be higher among First Nations and Inuit populations due to historical and societal factors. However, many NNADAP services, particularly those in rural and remote areas, do not have access to the necessary mental health services to support clients with co-occurring substance use and mental health problems. This paper focuses on strategies and best/promising practices for improving mental health services and support within NNADAP. Through a review of the literature and key informants interviews the Mental Health Research Paper reviews existing strategies, both mainstream and Aboriginal-specific services, to help ensure appropriate, evidence-informed and culturally-relevant mental health services and supports within NNADAP. The paper identifies gaps in service; highlights existing best/promising practice models, current and potential partnerships and agreements; to enhance mental health service delivery; and provide recommendations for integrating mental health and addiction prevention and treatment components.
Authors: Dr. Rod McCormick and Darryl Quantz

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