Find organizations, articles, and other resources that American Indian and Alaska Native communities can use to promote mental wellness.
A website dedicated to mental health in Indian Country
Examines how boarding school experiences have affected Alaska Natives
Center for Traditional Medicine
Promotes traditional approaches and indigenous knowledge to address public health issues. It also offers several resources for mental health.
Healthy Aboriginal Network
Promotes wellness and literacy among indigenous youth through comic books and animated short films on health and social issues.
Indian Health Service (IHS) Division of Behavioral Health
Is responsible for IHS efforts to monitor, treat, and prevent mental and behavioral health conditions and substance use.
One Sky Center provides national resources and promotes mental health across Indian Country.
National Center for American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research at the Colorado School of Public Health
Specializes in research on mental health issues among American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) populations.
We R Native
Offers multimedia health resources such as videos, blog posts, and a forum where Native youth can ask questions.
30 Years Later: The Long-Term Effect of Boarding Schools on Alaska Natives and Their Communities – 2005 (PDF | 373 KB)
Examines how boarding school experiences have affected Alaska Natives and their families.
American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research Journal
Focuses on behavioral, social, and health factors connected to mental health among AI/AN.
American Indian Youth: Current and Historical Trauma (PDF | 321 KB)
Provides information on trauma among American Indian and Alaska Native youth and discusses evidence-based treatment approaches.
Moving Forward: Comprehensive Integrated Mental Health Plan (PDF | 4.5 MB)
Examines the health, safety, quality of life, and economic security of Comprehensive Integrated Mental Health Program beneficiaries and presents next steps for improving these areas
Psychiatric Disorders and Mental Health Treatment in American Indians and Alaska Natives: Results of the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions – 2016 at SpringerLink
Examines the prevalence of common psychiatric disorders and treatment-seeking among American Indians, Alaska Natives, and whites.
Tribal Law and Order Act: SAMHSA’s Work to Improve Behavioral Health in Indian Country – 2011
Discusses the Tribal Law and Order Act as it relates to SAMHSA’s behavioral health efforts in tribal communities
Other Mental Health Research
Adverse Community Experiences and Resilience: A Framework for Addressing and Preventing Community Trauma – 2016 at Prevention Institute
Discusses community trauma and offers a framework for understanding, addressing, and preventing trauma among communities or populations.