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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Network?
The Network was developed in December 2001 as a partnership between Aboriginal communities and academic researchers. The NAMHR is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and includes a network of researchers from across Canada with extensive experience in Aboriginal health and related areas.

What research does the Network carry out?
A series of pilot studies are being conducted that approach the problem of developing culturally appropriate and effective mental health care for Aboriginal populations from complementary perspectives:

  • Cultural continuity and the mental health of Aboriginal populations
  • Barriers to the use of mental health services by Aboriginal individuals
  • Social contexts of substance use: FAS and inhalant abuse
  • Models and metaphors of health and healing in Aboriginal communities

Our research emphasizes putting these problems in social context.

How do communities become involved with the Network?
Communities interested in specific mental health issues should contact the Network's co-investigators or coordinator.

How can a community benefit from involvement with the Network?
The Network can provide consultation and resources to help develop studies on mental health issues relevant to communities. It also provides training opportunities for students and helpers within communities to become acquainted with the methods and results of current mental health research.

How can students become involved with the Network?
Students with an interest in research may approach one of the co-investigators directly or contact the coordinator for more information regarding the different areas of current
research and training opportunities within the Network.

What is the application procedure for the Aboriginal Summer Internship Program?
Each year a posting is issued describing the program and eligibility criteria. Students may contact the coordinator directly for more information or visit the website.

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