MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES

May - INDIGENOUS AND FIRST PEOPLES COMMUNITY
HEALTH & WELLNESS RESOURCES

Helpline Services

National Treatment Referral Helpline at 800-662-HELP (4357)
National Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Resources

Understanding Mental Health in the Indigenous and First Peoples Community

Therapy Resources for the Indigenous and First Peoples Community 

Finding Support for Mental Health in the Indigenous and First Peoples Community 

UNDERSTANDING MENTAL HEALTH IN THE INDIGENOUS AND FIRST PEOPLES COMMUNITY

NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS (NAMI) - The term Indigenous refers to all groups who lived in the U.S. prior to colonization by European settlers, and currently make up about 1.5% of the U.S. population. Today, there are over 574 federally recognized native nations (variously called tribes, nations, bands, pueblos, communities and native villages) in this country. These nations include over 200 Indigenous languages (and many dialects within those languages), and countless diverse cultures, traditions and histories within those nations.

IMPORTANT FACTORS OF MENTAL HEALTH FOR INDIGENOUS PEOPLES - This population is a complex community that includes hundreds of subcultures, beliefs, and traditions. The National Alliance on Mental Health provides a categorized overview of care, including history, facts on colonization, and more. 

WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE? MENTAL HEALTHCARE WITH CULTURAL AWARENESS - This study provides relevant research on the need for cultural sensitivity for First People’s health in mental healthcare. “On a National Aboriginal Health Association survey Inuit, Metis and other First Nations peoples identified mental health and substance abuse among their top five health issues…” 

 

INDIGENOUS THEATRE AND PERFORMANCE OF NORTH AMERICA - Looking for resources on the history and culture of theatre arts as it relates to First Peoples? ATHE has a landing page with some critical anthologies for you!

THERAPY RESOURCES FOR THE INDIGENOUS AND FIRST PEOPLES COMMUNITY 

CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES - CMS has funded a number of initiatives to improve healthcare services to  American Indian/Native American and Alaskan Native individuals who are eligible for CMS programs. This site provides background, practical tools and evidence-based strategies for AI/AN communities to navigate through federal and state requirements to provide for healthcare services.

 

A THERAPIST LIKE ME - A Therapist Like Me is dedicated to connecting minority-identifying clients to minority-identifying therapists, advancing therapists of color, providing financial gifts to minority-identifying clients for psychotherapy, reducing societal stigma surrounding mental health, and supporting our community.

 

INCLUSIVE THERAPISTS – AKEERA PETERKIN - Aims to make the process of seeking therapy simpler and safer for all people, especially marginalized populations. Read about therapists like Akeera Peterkin who choose to help minoritized communities  including indigenous peoples.  

SAMHSA - Mental Health resources from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration 

Link for Therapists on Cultural considerations of First Peoples clientele. 

BUILDING COMMUNITY, FINDING SUPPORT 

INDIGENOUS PEOPLE'S DAY PHILLY - Cultivates an active Native American/Indigenous presence in the city of Philadelphia through cultural, educational and community-building initiatives that uplift our Native traditions, creative economies, and histories.

 

NATIVE REALITIES BOOKS & COMICS - This new publishing house is an indigenous imagination company dedicated to producing high quality media that dramatically changes the representation of native and indigenous people through popular culture.

COUNCIL OF THREE RIVERS - AMERICAN INDIAN CENTER - We promote the socio-economic development of the Native American community and others who experience the same type of economic difficulties.

AMERICAN THEATRE - A list of Native Theatres and Theatremakers

INDIGENOUS STORY STUDIO - Indigenous Story Studio creates illustrations, posters, video and comic books on health and social issues for youth.