Cultural Elements of Native Mental Health with a Focus on Rural Issues | Recorded Webinar

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Improving mental health care for Native people in rural areas is the focus of this 90-minute webinar presented by the National American Indian and Alaska Native MHTTC in collaboration with the Northwest MHTTC.
The disparities between urban and rural areas in mental health care are well-documented. Native populations in rural areas suffer even more from these disparities, but cultural elements can improve mental health for Native people living in rural areas. Facilitator Raymond Daw, MA, Diné (Navajo), addresses the following learning objectives:

  • Provide an overview of rural mental health disparities in the United States
  • Provide an overview of Native American mental health disparities
  • Describe Native American cultural elements for improved rural mental health

This webinar is most relevant to those who:

  • currently work with Native/Tribal communities OR
  • work some with Native/Tribal clients OR
  • want to learn more about Native/Tribal issues


Presentation and Summary

Bibliography & Resources Cited in Presentation

Decolonizing Mental Health 

  • Decolonizing Mental Health. This series examines the transformative work of therapists and individuals of color, and calls for a redefining how we define psychiatric illness and health. Through 20 profiles, the digital series discusses what a more responsive mental health care system should look like.

Historical Trauma


Suicide Prevention


  • 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.
  • The National American Indian and Alaska Native MHTTC works with organizations and treatment practitioners involved in the delivery of mental health services to American Indian and Alaska Native individuals, families, and tribal and urban Indian communities to strengthen their capacity to deliver effective evidence-based and experience-based practices. This includes the full continuum of services spanning mental illness, prevention, treatment, and recovery support.
  • The National American Indian and Alaska Native ATTC provides education and training opportunities for individuals and groups involved in providing substance abuse treatment and counseling, including health professionals in primary prevention and treatment for substance abuse. The center offers services nationwide for consulting, technical assistance, and continuing education seminars.
  • The National American Indian & Alaska Native Prevention Technology Transfer Center provides training and technical assistance services to the substance abuse prevention field including professionals, para-professionals, organizations and others in the prevention community focused on American Indian and Alaska Native communities.


Raymond Daw headshot. Mr. Daw is a member of the Navajo Nation.
Raymond Daw, MA, Navajo Nation

Mr. Daw is a member of the Navajo Nation and is bilingual in Navajo and English. He is a trainer and web designer for the Takini Institute on the historical trauma intervention model, and he formerly worked as the Administrator of Behavioral Health at the Yukon-Kuskokwim Healthcare Corporation in Bethel, Alaska. During his tenure as Executive Director of Na’nizhoozhi Center, Inc. (NCI), he participated in research with the NIDA Clinical Trials Network through the University of New Mexico. NCI was recognized as a model and innovative program for AI/AN substance abuse treatment.

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