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NAMI Moves Forward on American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Issues
Recovery for All
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It is our hope that this report not only guides NAMI, but also provides a model for other mental health organizations or agencies to collaborate with AI/AN communities as well as offer key points for further consideration of the broader mental health system to better support this population.
Priority considerations for the mental health system as a whole are presented in the report under the following categories:
In addition to pointing out AI/AN mental health disparities and community concerns, participants shared examples of what is working and what they recommend for mental health systems within each of these priority areas. Recommendations for NAMI are framed as short- and long-term goals in several priority areas identified by participants regarding organizational readiness, outreach efforts, education and support programs and meaningful membership and leadership roles for AI/AN individuals and families.
Based on participants’ recommendations, the report identifies five key next steps for NAMI:
The Multicultural Action Center will work with the newly formed AI/AN Leaders Group as well as NAMI’s broader grassroots leadership to achieve these next steps and effectively address AI/AN inclusion and support. The NAMI AI/AN Leaders group is an advisory body to the Multicultural Action Center, offering invaluable advice on the activities, resources, etc. necessary to successfully address the needs of those in the AI/AN community with mental illness and their families. To join this group, contact MACenter@nami.org.