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Wiingushk Okaadinige: The Sweetgrass Braid – A Braided Mental Health Approach For Indigenous Youth

2021

Wiingushk Okaadinige: The Sweetgrass Braid – A Braided Mental Health Approach For Indigenous Youth

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This report was published by Finding Our Power Together.

HERE’S HOW THE AUTHORS DESCRIBE THIS REPORT:

This report details a braided mental health approach to youth mental health, designed in response to a synthesis of knowledge from three systematic literature reviews and four informant consultations with mental health providers in various disciplines. The braided approach is comprised of key principles of Indigenous mental health models, Child and Youth Care (CYC) approaches, and Dialectic Behaviour Therapy practices (DBT). The purpose of this approach is to best serve the mental and spiritual health needs of Indigenous youth across Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This report was prepared for Finding Our Power Together, an Indigenous youth organization working to support Indigenous youth to overcome mental health challenges in order for them to reach their self-determined goals.

This approach was developed through three stages: (1) three simultaneous systematic literature reviews on Indigenous youth mental health, CYC approaches with Indigenous youth, and DBT with Indigenous youth; (2) key informant interviews with a traditional Indigenous practitioner, an Indigenous CYC, a non-Indigenous CYC, and a DBT therapist; (3) a thematic analysis of key approaches to develop an integrative (or braided) model of Indigenous youth mental health support.

The research team identified 76 academic articles to be reviewed for the purposes of this project. Through a thematic analysis of these articles, 10 key themes were identified as being core to an effective mental health strategy.

Ineese-Nash, N., & Stein, M. (2021). Wiingushk Okaadinige: The Sweetgrass Braid – A Braided Mental Health Approach For Indigenous Youth. Finding Our Power Together. https://findingourpowertogether.com/research-reports

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