The history of the treatment of Tribes is replete with examples of violence, displacement, and forced assimilation, all of which have contributed to historical trauma for many individuals. The historical trauma of being disconnected from their Tribal roots has contributed to the mental health, substance abuse, and domestic violence issues still of concern among many American Indian communities. Find resources in this section related to mental health concerns, historical trauma, suicide, substance abuse, and domestic violence as it relates to American Indian children and families.
- Impact of historical trauma
- Mental health
- Native American youth depression and suicide
- Substance abuse
- Domestic violence
Circles of Care: Creating Models of Care for American Indian and Alaska Native Youth (PDF - 4,925 KB)
SAMHSA News, 18(6), 2010
Describes the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA's) grant program, Circles of Care, which develops culturally appropriate interventions to serve youth with serious behavioral health challenges.
CultureCard: A Guide to Build Cultural Awareness: American Indian and Alaska Native (PDF - 1,065 KB)
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (2009)
Addresses American Indian and Alaska Native history, culture, myths, spirituality, Tribal sovereignty, and more. This brochure offers basic information for Federal disaster responders and other service providers who may be assigned to provide or coordinate services in American Indian/Alaska Native communities.
Fast Facts on Native American Youth and Indian Country (PDF - 362 KB)
Aspen Institute, Center for Native American Youth (2011)
Includes general information, details on Federal services for Native Americans, challenges in Indian Country, and statistics on Native American youth.
Reported Health and Health-Influencing Behaviors Among Urban American Indians and Alaska Natives: An Analysis of Data Collected by the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (PDF - 622 KB)
Urban Indian Health Institute (2008)
Reports on data gathered on American Indians and Alaska Natives within a broad range of health-related issues.