No BodyMind Left Behind: Disability Justice, Biopsychosocial Model, Family Mental Health, and Recommendations

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Yellowlees, Ryan
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The BodyMind Capstone Project focusses on the lack of mental health supports to individuals with illnesses and/or (dis)abilities and their families, and how clinicians can improve their approaches using (dis)ability justice activism. The example of the personal narrative of the author highlights how, without intervention recognizing the biopsychosocial components of the individual experiencing illness and/or (dis)ability and their family, reveals themes of loss, grief, and other forms of trauma, often occurring over the lifespan. The capstone project utilizes critical (dis)ability theory and the biopsychosocial model lens to describe and analyse the literature. The literature review section explores key themes related to biopsychosocial model and the theoretical approaches connected to the intersectionality related to the individual living with illnesses and/or (dis)abilities, their families, community, and society. Discussions and conclusions sections involve the challenges and implications individuals with illness and/or (dis)ability and their family, along with the layers of the systems of community and society. Recommendations to providing meaningful public mental health supports to individuals and their families argues for the implementation at the individual, family, community, and societal levels leading towards meaningful awareness of (dis)ability justice and its efforts to reduce oppression.
(dis)ability justice , illness , (dis)ability , family , biopsychosocial model , mental health interventions , health care , healthcare , Canadian (dis)ability history
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