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Research examines culturally responsive mental health services for First Nations youth – URegina

by ahnationtalk on February 17, 2017156 Views

A U of R research team is examining the need for culturally responsive mental health services for First Nations. The project funded by the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation could help address the severe shortage of mental health counselling and treatment for First Nations people in Saskatchewan.

The research is co-led by Drs. Angela Snowshoe and JoLee Sasakamoose, assistant professors in educational psychology.

The research is guided by Elder Noel Starblanket from the Star Blanket Cree Nation and knowledge keeper at the U of R and assisted by graduate students Rhonda Stevenson, aboriginal advocate at Balfour High School and Amanda Scandrett, Manager of Paper Crane Community Arts Centre, a community facility that delivers trauma-informed arts programming.

The project is titled, “The concept and role of place for First Nations youth mental health” and is in its first phase. Plans are underway to redesign the conventional western counselling space into a culturally responsive setting.

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