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, TribalNationsMaps.com, and Native Land Digital (Canada), https://native-land.ca
- 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
- The National Alliance for Caregiving
- Mental Health America
- Administration for Community Living
- Caregiver Action Network
- Family Care Navigator
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
- National Child Traumatic Stress Network, aiding children and families experiencing homelessness, and resources on trauma in children
- National Runaway Prevention Month is led by the National Runaway Safeline, with support of the Family and Youth Service Bureau, in an effort to educate others on factors contributing to youth homelessness
- Voices of Youth Count is a national initiative to build new knowledge, link it with existing evidence and data, and connect those who shape policy and programs to prevent and end youth homelessness
- SAMHSA Homelessness Programs and Resources, including Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH)
- National Coalition for the Homeless, a national network committed to preventing and ending homelessness, ensuring basic needs are met, and protecting civil rights of those experiencing homelessness
- National Alliance to End Homelessness includes a State of Homelessness report that reflects the most recent point-in-time count of homelessness in the US
- VA Homeless Programs Office, aiding military veterans who are homeless or at imminent risk of homelessness; includes the National Call Center for Homeless Veterans (877-424-3838)
Veterans' Day is November 11:
To honor military veterans, people who have served in the United States Armed Forces
- Behavioral Health Resources for Military Veterans
- Healing the Returning Warrior is a curriculum developed for Native veterans by the National American Indian and Alaska Native MHTTC in collaboration with Native veterans.
- Mental health resources from the US Department of Veterans Affairs.
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
- Northwest MHTTC LGBTQAI+ Resource Page
- SAMHSA Info & Resource Toolkit for LGBT Populations
- LGBT Training Curricula for Behavioral Health and Primary Care Practitioners
- Suicide Risk and Prevention for LGBTQ People
- Supporting Black LGBTQ Youth Mental Health
Community Support & Orgs
- Center of Excellence on LGBTQ+ Behavioral Health Equity
- Human Rights Campaign
- Mental Health America
- National Center for Transgender Equality
- National Queer & Trans Therapists of Color Network
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
- Loss Survivor Resources from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
- Loss Survivor Resources from Suicide Prevention Resource Center
- 2021 Events from American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
- Resources for Suicide Loss Survivors from Suicide Prevention Resource Center