Tribal Mental Health & Wellness

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Supporting the connection between behaviors and the health and well-being of body, mind and spirit

The New England MHTTC acknowledges the impact of historical trauma, institutional racism, and other macro and micro aggressions against Native people. Our support for tribal behavioral health is grounded in our belief in the innate intelligence of Native people, the expertise of Native lived experience, and appreciation of the diversity and strengths of New England area tribes and urban Indian communities.

We respond to behavioral health training and resource needs of New England tribal communities.  Our work is led by Holly Echo-Hawk and grounded in Native-centric thought and experience in a range of behavioral health and substance use areas. Offered at no-cost to New England Native communities, we welcome requests for training and resources.

For example, we provided consultation to the Herring Pond Wampanoag Tribe in Plymouth, MA on ways to address tribal behavioral health within current grant funding, designed training on tribal engagement strategies for Massachusetts substance use providers, established a collaborative relationship with the United South and Eastern Tribes (USET) inter-tribal organization, Native health care providers, Native Boston-area mental health professors, the Mohegan Tribe in Connecticut, and the Naragansett.

Our team would be honored to visit you to learn about your community and work and to share training and partnership opportunities that may be helpful to your efforts. Please contact us at 617.467.6014 or [email protected].

Reclaiming Native Psychological Brilliance: Wise Practices Series

In partnership with USET and C4 Innovations, we developed the tribal behavioral health virtual educational series called Reclaiming Native Psychological Brilliance. A monthly one-hour training series that combines renowned experts in behavioral health and healthy behaviors in Indian Country with Native music, dance and spoken word. Each monthly topic reflects a current area of concern to tribal communities and strength- and culture-based solutions. The award-winning series has reached nearly 70% of tribes across the country. Over 1,000 Native health care providers and community members are registered each month and appreciate the examples of Native brilliance that are applicable to tribal behavioral health.

The Reclaiming Native Psychological Brilliance series is offered at no-cost and CEU credits are available. Tribal health directors, health clinic staff, counselors, social workers, physicians, nurses, tribal epidemiologists, and anyone who works in the Tribal health or behavioral health sector are welcome to join. The Reclaiming Native Psychological Brilliance series is held on the fourth Tuesday of every month at 11 am Pacific/12 pm Mountain/1 pm Central/2 pm Eastern. Register here for 2023 monthly sessions. Click here to access recordings from previous sessions.

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