Many cultures, including Canadian culture, stigmatize mental health and substance use issues. Some cultures try to manage issues within the family as a way of normalizing or minimizing the problem. Others do not trust mainstream medicine and care and opt to keep family members apart from conventional services. Making supportive and non-judgmental resources available to a broad array of cultural groups increases the opportunity for individuals and families to access timely and effective help.
An examination of the interplay between society, culture, mental health and substance use: