There is not much information available about why people of some communities are more affected by mental disorders than others. Now, a group of researchers examining the mental health condition of various Aboriginal communities has suggested how possessing a strong sense of ethno-cultural identity and a connection to the land can help in maintaining positive emotional health.
For the study titled “Mental Health Perceptions and Practices of a Cree Community in Northern Ontario: A Qualitative Study,” the researchers observed the functioning of members of the Cree community to understand factors responsible for low rates of mental illnesses, such as depression and suicide, and utilization of psychiatric services despite being victims of natural disasters and consequent relocation to other areas.
The purpose of the research, published online in the International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction in July 2017, was to evaluate the causes and effects of psychiatric disorders on existing members of the Cree community. “We discovered all but one of the Aboriginal communities had notoriously high rates of substance abuse, mental illness and teen suicide rates. Studies outlining the pathology of the Cree communities already existed, so we obtained grant funding in order to pursue qualitative research focusing on the one community that was thriving,” said Dr. Russ Walsh, one of the study’s co-authors.
Keeping in sync with the study’s aim to assess factors that help develop strength and resilience, and have a greater positive impact on mental health, the researchers carried out a qualitative study on members of the Cree community. The research process included taking interviews with elders, healers and those involved in making available mental health services to pinpoint and conduct a detailed study on features that differentiate members of the Cree community from its sister communities.
The study found that inherent factors like strength and ability to regain positive psychological health condition, in addition to the members’ physical, spiritual and emotional health, were responsible for having a deep and strong link to the land and its traditions. Besides, the community members’ readiness to accept differing approaches to spirituality and shared parenting roles were found to be factors attributing to their better mental health as compared to others.
Seeking recovery from mental problems
Though more research is needed to understand the role of resilience in keeping away emotional distress, it is important that greater stress is laid on factors that promote positivity in the environment so as to alleviate the prevalent risk of suicidal ideation. Psychiatric disorders are prevalent across the United States, necessitating the greater need for mental health treatment facilities. Despite federal agencies stressing on the rising rate of suicides in the U.S., data indicates that the number of hospitals or centers treating the emotionally distraught is not commensurate with the number of those seeking the much-needed treatment.
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