How Culture Impacts Mental Health and Informs Recovery

This video collection examines the intersection of culture and health: the differences in predisposition, stigmas surrounding mental health, barriers to conversations and care, and approaches to wellness and recovery.

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  • Challenges and Rewards of a culturally-informed approach to mental health: Dr. Jessica Dere explains how culture makes a difference when thinking about mental health and mental illness. Across mental health research, clinical care and teaching, there are profound rewards to be had by truly understanding individuals in context.
  • How culture connects to healing and recovery: Conventional medicine minimizes cultural formulations as legitimate partners. However, there are connections between cultural practices and modern medicine. Passionate and insightful, psychologist Fayth Parks reveals how common elements in healing traditions connect a person to positive thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Dr. Parks shares her personal journey and, from her research, an age-old blueprint for healing and recovery.
  • Race and Ethnicity Impacts Mental Health: Aside from finding positive coping methods, one of the most difficult aspects of having a mental illness is feeling like you are not able to speak up to the people you love. Six college students discuss how their racial and ethnic backgrounds influenced their decision to seek treatment for signs of mental illnesses. From family traditions and expectations, to long-lasting racial stereotypes that the students explore the negative impact of society’s view on mental illness.
  • Healing through story: Unpacking Indigenous resiliency and hope: Dr. Annie Belcourt’s personal experience contextualizes her talk, which focuses on the importance of family and community in overcoming traumatic experience. Her research and clinical priorities include mental health disparities, environmental health, trauma, post-traumatic stress reactions, risk, resiliency, psychiatric disorder, and public health intervention within the cultural context of American Indian communities. Dr. Belcourt has conducted grant-funded collaborative research projects with Native communities at UM and during work at the University of Colorado Denver’s Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health.

Date: 2015