November Observances


November is National Native American Heritage Month

The month is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people. Heritage Month is also an opportune time to educate the general public about tribes, to raise a general awareness about the unique challenges Native people have faced both historically and in the present, and the ways in which tribal citizens have worked to conquer these challenges.

The Northwest MHTTC sits on the traditional lands of the Duwamish and Suquamish people. We acknowledge the original inhabitants of this place, past and present, and honor with gratitude the lands and Tribes. 

To celebrate Native American Heritage Month, we are sharing the following information and resources:

  • The Native Center for Behavioral Health is a research center at the University of Iowa College of Public Health committed to developing programs to support the behavioral health workforce in Native American and Alaska Native communities across the country. Currently the center's projects include three technology transfer programs funded by SAMHSA in the areas of addiction (ATTC), mental health (MHTTC), and prevention (PTTC), as well as tribal opioid response technical assistance (TOR TA), mental health technical assistance for K-12 schools (MHTTC-Supplement), and a Tribal College and University Initiative. Join the Native Center for Behavioral Health's mailing list HERE.
  • National American Indian and Alaska Native MHTTC website which features numerous events, products, and resources; see also the National American Indian and Alaska Native ATTC and PTTC 

  • Read about the origins of Native American Heritage Month

  • Indigenous Peoples Maps: Aaron Carapella,, and Native Land Digital (Canada), 
  • Connected Indigenous Elders, a program through the National Indian Council on Aging, Inc. that aims to address social isolation and loneliness



Family Caregivers Month

A time to celebrate the contributions of caregivers, provide them with tools that they need,

and continue to advocate for individuals with mental health issues


National Homelessness Month & Youth Runaway Prevention Month

Recognizing the more than 500,000 children, youth, and adults in the U.S. who are homeless, and highlighting organizations acting to end homelessness

Children & Youth





Veterans' Day is November 11:

To honor military veterans, people who have served in the United States Armed Forces



Transgender Day of Remembrance is November 20:

A day to memorialize those who have been murdered as a result of transphobia.

It is a day to draw attention to the continued violence endured by transgender people.

Behavioral Health Resources


Community Support & Orgs



International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day is November 21

Survivors of suicide loss come together to find connection, understanding, and hope through their shared experience