Many people with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) experience mental health challenges at some point in their lives. Despite the mental health needs of people with FASD being well-documented, there is relatively little evidence around how best to respond.
We know FASD is a national concern. We need a national response to address this disability that improves supports and services for those with FASD, those who are pregnant, and their support systems. Over the past few months, we’ve been working hard behind the scenes to push for a National FASD Strategy. We’ve met with several government representatives, many of … Read More
Not a lot of research has been done to understand the full experience of caring for someone with FASD across the lifespan. We are doing a study to collect information from caregivers of individuals with FASD. We want to better understand their unique perspectives and capture their wisdom about people with FASD.
While engaged in my research, I often reflect on questions such as why do people feel that they need alcohol? What does alcohol mean to people in the context of their individual lives and circumstances? What fuels someone’s desire to drink? My own research, as well as popular culture writing such as Ann Dowsett Johnston’s book Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol, has made me think long and hard about how alcohol use in society is normalized.