NASMHPD Prevention Center's webinar on Culturally Appropriate Strategies for Prevention-Based Work in Tribal Communities

Many American Indians and Alaska Natives live in social environments that pose substantial chronic stress and frequent exposure to trauma. It is no surprise, then, that they are at high risk of emotional and psychological problems, often resulting in suicide, depression, post-traumatic stress, and alcohol abuse/dependence. Treatment is complicated by the lack of available care, poor access to services, and widespread stigma that severely restricts help-seeking and the receipt of much needed treatment. These circumstances place a premium on preventing mental illness before it occurs among members of this special population. The presentation describes recent successes in extending evidence-based practices for preventing depression, alcohol dependence, and suicide in a number of Native communities. Special attention is given to the lessons learned with respect to cultural factors that affect their successful translation into the everyday world of American Indian and Alaska Native people. The presentation concludes by underscoring the growing interest among tribal communities in promoting mental health, emphasizing the strengths and assets that abound.


  • Spero M. Manson, Ph.D., Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health, University of Colorado Denver

Date of webinar: August 21, 2013

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For questions or additional information about the webinar, please contact Pat Shea, Deputy Director, Office of Technical Assistance, NASMHPD.