Native American/Alaska Native | General
The U.S. Surgeon General has reported that rates of co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse, especially alcohol, are higher among Native Americans, and that the suicide rate among American Indians and Alaska Natives is 50 percent higher than the national rate. Large-scale studies of mental disorders among older American Indians are lacking, but smaller studies have found rates of depression ranging from 10 to 30 percent. More research is needed to determine the full nature, extent and sources of these disparities.
Native American/Alaska Native Resources
Race and Ethnicity – Native American Indians and Mental Health
A page from a report by the Surgeon General called Culture, Race and Ethnicity; A Supplement to Mental Health. It has many facts on
need, availability and access to mental health services, nothing of a practical nature. It links to the next resource.
- Culturally Specific Mental Health Resources
A list of names and addressees and phone numbers for organizations that deal with American Indians and Alaska Natives with mental
- National Center
for American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research – (NCAIANMHR)
Sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health, the center is located at the University of Colorado. It is the only program of
this type in the country focusing specifically on American Indian and Alaska Native populations. Includes present and past research,
training opportunities, and an online journal.
- Telling the Stories
Developed by the New Mexico State Library Tribal Libraries Program, this website is intended to contribute to the preservation of New
Mexico's diverse Native American languages and cultures by providing links to resources, tools, and educational information. The
website also provides information about resources available through the New Mexico Department of Cultural
Affairs and other state government agencies.
- American Association of Suicidology
This site has practical, useful information about suicide prevention, treatment, support groups and current research. Check out their
"Links of Interest."
American Psychiatric Association
The American Psychiatric Association (APA) works to ensure humane care and effective treatment for all persons with mental disorder,
including mental retardation and substance-related disorders.
MedlinePlus® – Mental Health
An excellent list of information resources on the Web is provided at MedlinePlus.gov. There are also links to related topics and
specific diseases at the Mental Health and Behavior topics page found at
- National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH): For the Public
Information from NIMH about symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of many types of mental illnesses. The links are to brochures, fact
sheets and Web-based information that is high quality. Much of this information is practical and useful.
- National Strategy for Suicide Prevention
This site is a cooperative effort among several government agencies, SAMHSA, CDC, NIH, HRSA, and IHS. Rich with information this site
includes links to state suicide prevention programs, suicide facts and prevention strategies, publications and legislation and policy. These are excellent, high quality resources but no immediate help except the 1-800-SUICIDE link.