The Charter of Quebec Values: A View from Cultural Psychiatry

Dr. Laurence Kirmayer, Head of the Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry at McGill University and Dr. Jaswant Guzder, Head of Child Psychiatry at the Jewish General Hospital in Montreal have co-authored “The Charter of Quebec Values: A View from Cultural Psychiatry” – the paper provides references to support claims made by Drs. Kirmayer, Guzder and other professors and researchers at McGill in their open letter on the potential negative effects of the proposed Charter of Quebec Values.

From the abstract:
Cultural diversity can contribute to mental health. Research demonstrates that familiarity with others can reduce prejudice and that the positive valuation of one’s own cultural identity by others can reinforce self-esteem and well-being. Recognition in public institutions is one important dimension of such social recognition. As well, there is evidence that systematic recognition of cultural and religious identity in health services contributes to improved care. The presence of clinicians from diverse backgrounds in the health care system is an essential resource to improve the accessibility, appropriateness and effectiveness of health care. In addition to undermining fundamental human rights, therefore, the proposed Quebec Charter of Values may negatively affect the health of minority groups as well as impeding their access to safe, equitable, and effective health care. 

You can read the entire paper here.

 

Community Mental Health and Cultural Therapy in Jamaica

In order to reduce risk factors for children, cultural therapists and psychologists worked with a group of 30 school-aged children with conduct disorders in Allman Town, Jamaica. Working at the school-level, this form of early intervention combined cultural therapy with remedial math, reading, art, crafts and music. In this video the project team, Frederick Hickling and Hilary Robertson-Hickling, both at the University of the West Indies, and Jaswant Guzder at McGill University, discuss the reasoning behind the programme and share its outcomes.

 

 

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