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HEALTH TOPICS - MENTAL HEALTH

Our Health



Darkness Calls
(Healthy Aboriginal Network)
This comic book is of a teenager, Kyle, who faces social problems and constant criticism from authority figures at school. He finds himself too overwhelmed one day at school and considers taking his own life, but his grandfather gives him hope with a traditional story--a story of the struggle between good and evil over the spirits of youth.

Depression - Arctic Health
(National Library of Medicine and University of Alaska Anchorage)

Domestic Violence - Arctic Health
(National Library of Medicine and University of Alaska Anchorage)

Our Stories

Real Men. Real Depression.
(National Institute of Mental Health, NIH)
Melvin, A Oglala Lakota man, describes his depresion.
Audio Poster (PDF, 109 KB)
Video
Tuffy's Story
(National Institute of Mental Health, NIH)
A story about the relationship between historical trauma and depression.
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Wounded Spirits, Ailing Hearts: The Legacy of PTSD Among American Indians
(National Institutes of Health)
Given the stressful social, physical environments in which many American Indians live, and the high levels of trauma to which they are consequently exposed, it should not be surprising that PTSD is especially prevalent among them, reaching rates equal to or greater than their counterparts in the general population. This video is 64 minutes long.
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For Researchers, Health Professionals, & Educators

Native Americans and Mental Health
(National Library of Medicine)
Journal citations from MEDLINE/PubMed

American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research: The Journal of the National Center
(University of Colorado School of Public Health)
This is a professionally refereed scientific journal. It contains empirical research, program evaluations, case studies, unpublished dissertations, and other articles in the behavioral, social, and health sciences which clearly relate to the mental health status of American Indians and Alaska Natives.

American Indian and Alaska Native Resource Manual (PDF, 3,826 KB)
(National Alliance on Mental Illness)
This manual covers the following area: the need for AI/AN outreach, the importance of cultural competence and how to develop it, how to create AI/AN outreach plan (NAMI examples), how to evaluate your efforts, and how to share your experience with other NAMIs.

Meeting the Mental Health Needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives (PDF, 488 KB)
(Indian Country Child Trauma Center)
A 2004 report on mental health needs, access to care and lessons learned in tribal communities.

Trauma in Indian Country (PDF, 219 KB)
(Indian Country Child Trauma Center)
A brochure for professionals outlining the prevalence, types and vulnerabilities to trauma in Indian Country.

Organizations and Programs

Behavioral Health
(Indian Health Service)

Center for American Indian Health, Behavioral Health Programs
(Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health)

Indian Country Child Trauma Center
The Indian County Child Trauma Center (ICCTC) was established to develop trauma-related treatment protocols, outreach materials, and service delivery guidelines specifically designed for Native American children and their families.



Health Information About Mental Health for Everyone

Mental Health in MedlinePlus
(National Library of Medicine)


Eliminate Disparities in Mental Health
(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, DHHS)

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