American Indians/Alaska Natives (AI/ANs) experience higher rates of depression, suicide, and psychological distress compared to other communities in the United States. Despite this, they are less likely to receive mental health services due to barriers such as lack of resources, limited mental health service access, stigma, and mistrust of providers. This issue brief describes the influence of colonialism on AI/AN mental health and discusses how barriers to mental health treatment can be addressed by integrating AI/AN culture into traditional mental health services and increasing AI/AN presence in mental health occupations.
Native American Culture, Mental Health
Community Health | Inequality and Stratification | Mental and Social Health | Race and Ethnicity | Sociology
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The author would like to thank Lauren Mussig, Alexandra Punch, Emily Minnoe, and Shannon Monnat for edits to previous versions of this brief.
Rose, Margaret, "Native American Mental Health: Adding Culture to the Conversation" (2022). Population Health Research Brief Series. 189.
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