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New Aboriginal Mental Health Framework Launched

On February 1, the Alberta Mental Health Board (AMHB), in cooperation with the AMHB Wisdom Committee, launched Aboriginal Mental Health: A Framework for Alberta, which gives strategic direction on how to address Aboriginal mental health issues. The framework is accompanied by Aboriginal Research Protocols, a guideline on how to work with Aboriginal people in a way that is respectful of protocol when conducting research. The goal is to promote the well-being of the mind, body, spirit and emotions of Aboriginal children, adults, families and communities through Aboriginal culturally appropriate promotion, prevention and treatment services within the mental health system in Alberta.

The Framework was created with input from many stakeholders including Aboriginal people, Alberta's health regions, First Nations and Métis organizations, researchers, Health Canada, the former Alberta Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development (now Alberta International, Intergovernmental and Aboriginal Relations), other government ministries and the AMHB Wisdom Committee. The Wisdom Committee is composed of Elders and other key  individuals from First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities who provide input into direction for Aboriginal mental health services in Alberta. Service providers, policy makers and leaders can use this holistic approach to advance the mental health of Aboriginal peoples and all Albertans. This important guiding document is a triumph on many levels.

For the complete press release, visit http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/February2007/01/c3703.html.