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Mental Health

Our Health
Health information specific to American Indian and Alaska Native people

Consumer Health Resources for Native American/Alaska Native Health and Consumer Health

Office of Minority Health, HHS

Results from the OMHRC Knowledge Center Catalog.

Cultural Competence Standards in Managed Care Mental Health Services for Native Americans

Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education

Darkness Calls videos in Gitxsan

Healthy Aboriginal Network

Picked on by school bullies, misunderstood by his teacher and chastised by his parents, Kyle is about to make the choice of his life - whether to take his own life or not. With the help of Wiigyet and in spite of Watsx, it's up to Kyle to make the right choice. The suicide prevention team of the Gitksan Wet'suwet'en Education Society learned their language for Darkness Calls in Gitxsan.

Mental Health Difficulties

We R Native

Our Stories
American Indians and Alaska Native people share their personal health experiences

Men and Depression: Melvin Martin, Marketing Executive

National Institute of Mental Health, NIH

Melvin, A Oglala Lakota man, describes his depression (33 seconds).

Men and Depression: Tuffy Sierra, Trauma and Recovery Specialist

National Institute of Mental Health, NIH

A story about the relationship between historical trauma and depression (32 seconds).

 

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.

(This video requires the use of the RealPlayer, which can be downloaded from  RealPlayer's Web site at no charge.)

For Researchers, Health Professionals, and Educators
Tools for American Indian and Alaska Native people health

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  It contains empirical research, program evaluations, case studies, unpublished dissertations, and other articles in the behavioral, social, and health sciences which clearly relate to the mental health status of American Indians and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.

Meeting the Mental Health Needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives

Indian Country Child Trauma Center

A 2004 report on mental health needs, access to care and lessons learned in tribal communities.  (PDF, 487 KB)

Native Americans and Mental Health

National Library of Medicine

Journal citations from MEDLINE/PubMed

Researcher Resources for Native American/Alaska Native Health and Mental Health

Office of Minority Health, HHS

Results from the OMHRC Knowledge Center Catalog.

Trauma in Indian Country

Indian Country Child Trauma Center

A brochure for professionals outlining the prevalence, types and vulnerabilities to trauma in Indian Country.  (PDF, 218 KB)

Organizations and Programs
Organizations and programs supporting health in American Indian and Alaska Native communities

Center for American Indian Health Programs

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

See the Mental Health section under “Issue Areas”.

Division of Behavioral Health

Indian Health Service

Indian Country Child Trauma Center

The Indian Country 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.

National Center for American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research

University of Colorado School of Public Health

Organizations for Native American/Alaska Native Health and Mental Health

Office of Minority Health, HHS

Results from the OMHRC Knowledge Center Catalog.

General Health Information about Mental Health

Mental Health in MedlinePlus

National Library of Medicine