November is a time to celebrate the rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories of Native people. This month is also an opportune time to educate the general public about the unique challenges Native people faced historically and continue to face today, and to highlight Native resilience and joy.
- Mental Health America: Native And Indigenous Communities And Mental Health - Outlines American Indian and Alaska Native mental health statistics and provides a compilation of behavioral health resources for Indigenous community members
- National American Indian and Alaska Native TTCs (Addiction TTC, Prevention TTC, and Mental Health TTC): These centers provide free training and technical assistance that benefit the health and well-being of American Indian and Alaska Native communities, tribes, and individuals. Although these centers are sunsetting, a new Center of Excellence is underway. Stay tuned!
- Tribal Training and Technical Assistance Center: Utilizes the Strategic Cultural Framework to offer training and technical assistance on mental and substance use disorders, suicide prevention, and mental health promotion for American Indian and Alaska Native communities
- University of Washington Native American Heritage Month Page: Includes a history of Native American Heritage Month, information about land acknowledgments, and a compilation of resources
- Colonialism, Indigenous Trauma and Healing - Hosted by the National American Indian and Alaska Native MHTTC, this recorded webinar discusses colonialism, Indigenous trauma and healing.
- Mental Health Resources for Native & Indigenous Peoples - Developed by the South Southwest MHTTC in July 2022, this comprehensive document includes mental health resources specifically for Native and Indigenous people.
- Native American Peer Recovery and the Value of Connection - Hosted by the South Southwest MHTTC, this recorded webinar discusses how the recovery process is unique for Native Americans and the importance of culture in peer services.
- Pocket guide: Spirit of Communication - Motivational Interviewing in Native American Communities - Created by the National American Indian and Alaska Native MHTTC, this guide covers the OARS approach (Open-ended strategies, Affirmation, Reflective Listening, Summary), the Four Flavors of Ambivalence, and Motivational Interviewing change processes.
National Family Caregivers Month is a time to celebrate family caregivers, raise awareness of the issues they face, and increase the resources and support available to them.
- Administration for Community Living - A compilation of national resources to help support family caregivers
- Mental Health America: National Family Caregivers Month - Includes a resources hub and a provider navigator for family caregivers
- National Family Support Technical Assistance Center - Provides resources, training and technical assistance to practitioners working with families and caregivers of children, regardless of their age, who experience serious mental illness and/or substance use challenges
- Family Peer Support: An Emerging Workforce Webinar - Hosted by the Mid-America MHTTC, this recorded webinar introduces family peer support as a profession, explores its roles and functions, and highlights specific training needs.
- Caring for the Caregiver - Hosted by the Central East MHTTC, this recorded webinar explores signs and symptoms of caregiver stress and identifies strategies that can be used to support caregivers as they encounter changing family roles and dynamics.
- Trauma-Informed Care Training for Caregivers - Developed by the South Southwest MHTTC, this document provides trauma-informed care training resources for caregivers.
National Youth Homelessness and Runaway Prevention Month acknowledges all the youth and families experiencing homelessness and raises awareness of runaway prevention tools.
- National Child Traumatic Stress Network - Offers a list of helpful resources for providers working with unhoused youth and families
- National Runaway Safeline - Offers a safeline and a compilation of resources for youth, service providers and concerned adults
- SAMHSA Homelessness Programs and Resources - Includes programs and resources to help prevent and end homelessness among people with mental or substance use disorders
- The Community Resiliency Model (CRM) in Schools - Hosted by the Southeast MHTTC, this recorded webinar discusses the Community Resiliency Model (CRM), a skills-based wellness and prevention program that provides a biological, non-stigmatizing perspective on normal human reactions to stress and trauma.
- Understanding and Advancing Mental Health Equity for Young Adults - Hosted by the Pacific Southwest MHTTC, this recorded webinar discusses the elevated rates of mental health challenges and lack of effective interventions for young adults of transition age, putting them at greater risk for homelessness, justice involvement, and education and employment challenges. The presentation focuses on strategic practices that health departments and mental health agencies can take to begin eliminating health disparities by advancing mental health equity.
- Working with Youth and Families Experiencing Homelessness and Home Insecurity - Hosted by the Pacific Southwest MHTTC, this recorded webinar examines the ways in which community-based organizations, mental health systems, and school services are responding to the alarming structural issue of home insecurity and what rising practices and policies are emerging to meet the needs of people experiencing home insecurity.
On Veterans Day, we honor those who have served in the United States Armed Forces.
- Northwest MHTTC Behavioral Health Resources for Military Veterans Page - A compilation of resources for veterans and behavioral health providers working with them
- Service Members, Veterans, and their Families Technical Assistance (SMVF TA) Center - Offers resources and training opportunities to support states, territories, and local communities in strengthening their capacity to address the behavioral health needs of military and veteran families
- U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Mental Health Page - Offers mental health resources, information, treatment options, and more for veterans and their supporters
- Post-Deployment Resources for Veterans - Developed by the Pacific Southwest MHTTC, this document outlines a broad range of post-deployment resources and services for veterans.
- Together with Veterans: A Rural Veteran Suicide Prevention Program - Created by the Mountain Plains MHTTC, this presentation discusses the Together With Veterans Program, which targets rural populations and empowers veterans to lead community-based and evidence-informed planning efforts to address veteran suicide locally.
- Trauma and Chronic Stress and Military Deployment: Using Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) to Enhance Treatment - Hosted by the Mid-America MHTTC, this presentation provides an orientation to trauma, chronic stress and military deployment as social determinants of health.
On November 18, survivors of suicide loss come together to find connection, understanding, and hope through their shared experience.
- American Association of Suicidology - Includes guides and handbooks on suicide postvention as well as a list of resources for survivors of suicide loss
- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention - Offers resources, documentaries, and a flyer for survivors of suicide loss
- Suicide Prevention Resource Center - Offers a compilation of resources for survivors of suicide loss
- Prevention, Intervention, and Postvention After a Suicide - Hosted by the Mid-America MHTTC, this recorded webinar discusses suicide prevalence rates in tribal communities, suicide prevention strategies and programs for tribal communities, interventions to use when a member of the community is experiencing suicidal ideation, and culturally appropriate strategies to implement after a suicide occurs.
- Saving Young Black Lives: Reversing Suicide Trends - Hosted by the Central East MHTTC, this eight-part podcast series explores the crisis of Black youth suicide. Survivors, family members, researchers, and behavioral health professionals discuss their experiences, research, policies and practices and offer recommendations to address this issue.
- Suicide Postvention: Going Beyond Prevention and Intervention - Hosted by the Mountain Plains MHTTC, this recorded webinar focuses on how to develop and implement plans for postvention, or what to do in the aftermath of a death by suicide.
On Transgender Day of Remembrance, we honor the memory of those who have died from anti-transgender violence and we continue to support the trans community in its fight for safety and equity.
- Center of Excellence on LGBTQ+ Behavioral Health Equity - Provides behavioral health practitioners with training, coaching, and technical assistance to address disparities effecting LGBTQ+ people across all stages of life
- Northwest MHTTC LGBTQAI+ Resource Page - A compilation of resources, articles and videos for LGBTQIA+ individuals and their allies
- SAMHSA LGBTQI+ Resource Page - A compilation of resources for providers working with the LGBTQI+ population including national survey reports, agency and federal initiatives, and related behavioral health resources
- Transgender Mental Health: Co-Conspiratorship - Hosted by the Northwest MHTTC, this recorded webinar provides a community-defined and evidence-based foundation for mental health providers serving queer and transgender communities. Centering anti-racism, community lived experience, and an interdisciplinary framework, this webinar explores strengths, weaknesses, and best practices of mental health care for queer and transgender communities.
- Understanding and Addressing Mental Health Needs of Transgender, Non-Binary, and Gender Expansive Youth in Schools - Hosted by the Mountain Plains MHTTC, this recorded webinar provides information on some of the most pressing mental health concerns for gender expansive youth and a review of the best practices for mental health care and supportive intervention strategies.
- Working with Transgender Patients in Integrated Care - Hosted by the Mountain Plains MHTTC, this two-part recorded webinar series focuses on how to effectively implement trans-affirmative care for transgender and nonbinary patients.