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PDF | Vol. 9, No. 4 (2014)

Culture can be any group’s shared values or beliefs, whether the group is linked by ethnicity, age, gender, life experiences, and all of the places in between. Culture is reflected in everything from how we act to what our media tells us. People have many different cultural identities at the same time, bringing a diversity of voices to any one group. Culture brings belonging and connectedness to something bigger, which is an important part of everyone’s well-being.  Our cultures adapt to new ideas and challenge old assumptions. They can bridge gaps and bring people together. Culture ultimately influences how we see the world including health and mental health and how we seek help. In this issue of Visions, learn to unpack what you take for granted and celebrate our diverse experiences--and our shared connections.


  • Editor's Message
    (Sarah Hamid-Balma)

  • The Impact of Difference
    (Natasha Aruliah)

  • Trauma, Resilience and the Role of Culture Identification in Healing
    (Kimberley Work)

Experiences and Perspectives

  • The Art of Conversation as Medicine?
    (Jay Peachy)

  • My Angel's Brain Broke Down
    (Kam Kuar*)

  • Pretty Girls
    (Jolene Friesen)

Alternatives and Approaches

  • Addressing Weight Bias and Stigma in Health Care
    (Kiera Ishmail and Kimberley Korf-Uzan)

  • Culture, Secure Attachment and Trust: Protective factors that support mental well-being
    (Lanny Kipling)

  • MDABC South Asia Program
    (Tammy Iny)

  • The Influence of Culture on Campus Substance Use: Exploring what could be
    (Catriona Remocker)

  • Culturally Competent Care for Men
    (Duncan Shields)

  • Clinicians Supporting Youth: Navigating the ever-changing waters of 21st century culture
    (Shimi Kang)

  • Mental Health Promotion Within Immigrant and Refugee Communities
    (Germán Blanco, Patricia Dabiri and Pedro Ramirez)


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