Daniel Mesec
The Northern Ontario First Nation of Attawapiskat declared a state of emergency on April 9, the same day that 11 residents attempted suicide—one of them reportedly as young as 10...
Mary Annette Pember
WARNING: This is part of a series of stories to be published over the next few weeks that contain potentially trauma-triggering material...
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David Edward Walker
Diagnosing Native children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and treating them with stimulants does nothing to improve their educational or intellectual growth...
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David Edward Walker
At a youth wellness conference at Yakama Nation I helped organize in 2001, an elder of the Kah-Milt-Pah honored us with her presence...
Mary Annette Pember
Desperate to stem the recent spate of youth suicides in their community, citizens of Pine Ridge reservation have turned to an unlikely ally, crowdfunding...
HERO Project Sarah Jones
A proclamation recently signed by Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker declared May as National Children’s Health Awareness Month...
Terri Moon Cronk
The military reaches out to assist troubled service members, and helping people with mental health issues “is what we’ve got to do for every single person in our own lives,” First ...
Pamela S. Hyde & Mirtha Beadle

Access to health care coverage that includes services for mental health and substance use disorders is critical for everyone. This is especially true for the American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) community, which face some significant behavioral health challen...

Harlan McKosato
In the wake of the tragic suicide of legendary actor/comedian Robin Williams, after the initial wave of public shock, insight and awareness of the complexities of depression began ...
John Christian Hopkins

I can close my eyes and remember the day my friend died. I was sitting in the kitchen on the stairs that led to the second floor. It was on the fourth step, where I always sat because it had a large window to my left. 

It was a hot summer day. August 16, 1977....