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News and Updates

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Support Programs for Native Americans and Alaskan Natives

NAAccording to the 2009 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 18.3 percent of American Indians/Alaskan Natives age 12 or older are current users of illicit drugs. The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) is creating programs to help Native Americans and Alaskan Natives in the US escape the heavy toll that drug abuse causes.  The programs and policies have been designed to assist Tribal authorities using strategies of prevention, treatment, recovery support, and law enforcement and are described on the website of the ONDCP.

ONDCP has initiatives that provide support and resources. Media campaigns deliver anti-drug messages and promote cultural pride. Support programs engage Native Americans and Alaskan Natives in community efforts to reduce drug and alcohol use.  In the arena of treatment, early intervention and recovery, the President’s Access to Recovery (ATR) grant program  addresses geographic and cultural needs for the population and Tribal Drug Courts are concentrating on breaking the cycle of crime and drug use. Funds are being directed to help disrupt drug trafficking and tasks force teams are partnering with Indian Country law enforcement.

The website also features a wealth of information resources.

To visit the website, click HERE.

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Conversation starters for depressed friends and family

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has posted a webpage with “Conversation starters” for friends and family members to use in offering help to people with depression.

Suggestions range from ways to show you care, such as “Let me remind you of all the great things I love about you,” to specific offers of help, such as “Let me help you figure out what’s going on. You can start by making an appointment with your doctor – or I can help you find someone else to talk to, like a psychologist or social worker.”

 

You can read the webpage HERE

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Michelle Obama Supports Native American Youth Mental Health

At a recent convening at the White House, co-hosted by the Aspen Institute Center for Native American Youth (CNAY), First Lady Michelle Obama discussed the mental health issues faced by Native American youth. She called for action to help prevent suicide, provide better mental health care, and encouraged private and public sectors to support the needs of this at-risk population. The event was attended by cabinet members, Native youth, policymakers and leaders of non-profit organizations, among others.

In an article on the Huffington Post, Erin Bailey writes that Native American youth are often denied adequate teachers, counselors and other staff in their communities and that healthcare is underfunded as well. In addition, this population receives little support; according to a 2011 Foundation Center report, only about .3% of all philanthropic giving was donated to a Native American cause.

The First Lady challenged participants to give more attention and money to support Native Youth. She emphasized the importance of this by calling out the abnormally high suicide rate for Native Youth.

To read the article at Huffington Post, click HERE.

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