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According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), suicide rates among American Indians have increased since 2003. Suicide rates disproportionately affect American Indians; in 2015, the rate of suicides among American Indians was 3.5 times higher than other ethnic/racial groups with the lowest rates.
Our emotional, psychological, and social well-being make up our mental health. Our mental health can affect how we think, feel, and act. It can even determine how we deal with stress, related to others, and make healthy choices. From childhood, adolescence, and through adulthood mental health is important at every stage of life.
Our mental health is just as important as our physical health. They are both equally important components of health. For example, a person experiencing depression is at an increased risk for many types of physical health problems - usually chronic or long-lasting conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Physical chronic conditions can also increase the risk for mental illness.
Yes, a person's mental health can change over time, due to many factors. A person's mental health can be impacted when the demands placed on that person exceed their resources and coping skills. For example, a person working long hours, experiencing economic hardship, or caring for a relative may experience poor mental health.
In the United States, mental illness is one of the most common health conditions.
There is no one cause for mental illness or poor mental health. There are a number of factors that may increase the risk for mental illness, such as:
Information about mental health was gathered from the CDC.
Connecting With Our Youth (CWOY) is a values-based initiative to reduce the rate of suicide for Native American youth in the He Sapa catchment area. CWOY is informed by Lakota culture values of caring and compassion for all (Waúŋšila) and youth are sacred (Wakȟáŋyeža) to strengthen connections between American Indian youth and their culture.
The Native Connections Program provides information on suicide prevention and substance use disorder for the Crow Creek Sioux Reservation.
The Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board’s (GPTCHB) Great Plains Tribal Opioid Response (GPTOR) program addresses the opioid crisis and stimulant misuse in the Great Plains Area
The Community Support Groups, offered by OHC at the Lacrosse location, serve as training for friends and family members concerned about loved ones who live with a substance use disorder. The program is based on the Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT) model, a highly effective, evidence-based, motivational program that impacts communities and families in multiple areas of their lives.