Rehabilitation and Culture – About
Social and cultural constructions of mental illness, wrong-doing, suicide and rehabilitation
My research explores the role of culture in conceptions of mental illness, wrong-doing and suicide, especially as they relate to criminal court efforts to deal with justice-involved Indigenous people with mental health conditions. Culturally affected perceptions of these phenomena play a role in understanding transgressions of community standards, identification and treatment of mental illness, and considerations of suicide as an indicator of mental health concerns. My research is oriented towards how these cultural understandings affect rehabilitation and treatment, the development of criminal court models, and collaboration between courts and Indigenous communities in dealing with justice-involved people with mental illness.