Adolescence is a time of critical change and development, and a time when mental health challenges may emerge. Provide a strong cultural connection and early intervention with a culturally appropriate course designed to acknowledge and honor tribal communities’ practices.
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The National Council for Mental Wellbeing and Mental Health First Aid USA gratefully acknowledge the tremendous efforts of those involved in the development of this community-specific course, which spanned 2017–2022 and included pilot courses, surveys, focus groups and curriculum review.
Mental Health Matters in Tribal Communities and Indigenous Peoples
The Indian Health Service declared alcohol and substance abuse the leading health problem among American Indians.
of Native Americans reported experiencing discrimination in a health care setting, and 15% avoided seeking health care because of anticipated discrimination.
of indigenous youth have experienced or are experiencing severe mental distress.
How Youth MHFA for Tribal Communities and Indigenous Peoples Can Help
Teaches adults how to respond to common mental health and substance use challenges among youth in tribal and indigenous communities.
Teaches learners self-care techniques and promotes wellbeing.
Helps find culturally sensitive social support networks and appropriate resources.
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Education Connection in collaboration with Northwestern Regional School District 7 and the NW CT Youth and Adolescent Mental Health Coalition has received a three-year, $375,000 Project AWARE Community grant to support Youth Mental Health First Aid training in northwest Connecticut. One of 70 grants awarded across the nation, Project AWARE is funded by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health […]...