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Postpartum depression and the immigrant population
Paola Ardiles, founder and network lead at speaks about postpartum depression within the immigrant population in Canada. What are some of the specific challenges immigrant women with PPD face? What services are out there to help and what do caregivers need to know about working with immigrant women with PPD?

Cultural Policy in Saskatchewan

Dr. Sadeq Rahimi, Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Saskatchewan talks to Neda Faregh on his report “Towards Culture-Conscious Mental Health Services in Saskatchewan” Dr. Rahimi provides a review of Saskatchewan’s state of legal policy and strategies. He concludes that given the rapid pace of migration-induced demographic changes in Saskatchewan, there is an urgent need for government policies that address mental health requirements of a culturally diverse population. He states that there is an absence of cultural awareness in Saskatchewan policies and identifies an acute need for culturally competent services and expertise across the province. Finally, Dr. Rahimi suggests a reformulation of health policies and regulations in a culture-conscious fashion.

Suicide: stressors and resources for help (in Farsi)
Dr. Neda Faregh, Co-ordinator of the Multicultural Mental Health Resource Centre, discusses suicide: stressors and resources for help.

Suicide prevention in the immigrant community
Dr. Neda Faregh discusses suicide within the immigrant population in Canada. What are the statistics on immigrant suicide and what are thestressors unique to immigrants? Dr. Faregh talks about how warning signs may be difficult to detect as idioms of distress varies within cultures and discusses some resources available for people seeking help.

The Clinical Ethnographic Interview: opening up the diagnostic process
“Depression questionnaires were never set up for the world’s population. They were set up in the West”

Denise St Arnault, Associate Professor at the University of Michigan School of Nursing speaks to Alberto Sanchez about the Clinical Ethnographic Interview, a tool she developed as part of the diagnostic process that is language and category free. This method encourages the opening up the diagonostic process in order for the patient to bring in their own cultural frame and not have one imposed on it by the clinician. She talks us through the tool which includes exercises to draw the patient’s social networks, body map, and lifeline.

Schizophrenia and social defeat
There are many pressures when resettling in a new country: the stress of immigration, the search for employment, getting recognition for training undertaken in another country, and dealing with a new language and culture. Inpsired by a 2005 study conducted by Dr. Cantor-Graae that found that immigrants have a 2-3 times higher chance than the average population of developing schizophrenia, Drs. Danni Li, Lisa Andermann, and Samuel Law at the University of Toronto conducted a study to look at the relationship between feelings of social defeat and types of delusions within schizophrenia. In this podcast, Drs. Andermann and Law share their findings and suggest possible approaches to working with immigrants with schizophrenia; they discuss implications for immigration policy and post-immigration social policies.

Working for recovery
Traditionally seen as a remission of symptoms, there has been a growing group of academics and people with lived experience with mental illness advocating for a new definition of recovery and a distinction between recovery and cure. In this podcast, Rob Whitley, Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at McGill University and Researcher at the Douglas Hospital Research Centre, shares his thoughts about the recovery movement. Recovery is defined by this movement as a return to a meaningful life even as some symptoms and challenges may persist. Dr. Whitley discusses different dimensions of recovery and how it may be defined in different ways by different ethnocultural communities.

Culture and Psychiatry
In this podcast, the Culture and Mental Health Research Unit team speaks to Dr. Laurence Kirmayer about culture, psychiatry and the intersectional possibilities between traditional western medicine and local cultural practices in regards to healing techniques.

Mental Health and Cultural Realities
We are delighted to share with you our very first podcast with an expert and researcher in the area of literacy and health, Dr. Linda Shohet. A member of the MMHRC steering committee, Dr. Shohet has been the Executive Director of the Centre for Literacy in Montreal for over twenty years.

In this interview, she speaks to the importance of health literacy in Canada, how cultural realities and differences affect access to health care, and how new communication technologies are forcing us to update our understanding of the ways people consume and use health-related information.

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