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LGBTTQ mental health

As a whole, the suicide rate is four times higher among LGBTTQ youth than their peers who identify as heterosexual and data suggests an even higher rate among Natives.
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Dealing with seasonal affective disorder

An estimated 3 million Americans and 2.1 million Canadians struggle with seasonal depression annually.
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The impact of hunger on mental health

Food insecurity remains an issue for an estimated 14 percent of American households and hunger continues to impact early mental health development

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Keeping baby safe and sound

Health educators recommend parents and caregivers creating a ‘safe sleep environment’ to reduce the high risk of sudden infant death for Native American babies.
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Resources to kick the habit

American Indians and Alaska Natives have the highest smoking rates in the US, but more than half of smokers want to quit.
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Obesity: State-by-state

“This is the first time that we have had some real data that looked at the Native American population for each state,” said Rich Hamburg of Trust for America’s Health, who added that, of the 25 states with reportable data for Natives, all reported obesity rates above 50 percent.
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Indigenous Pink Day

The American Indian Cancer Foundation asks men and women of all ages to wear pink on Oct. 21 and share photos on social media using the hashtag #indigenouspink to spread breast cancer awareness.
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Honoring the Beat of Life

This weekend, the American Heart Association (AHA) is hosting the fourth annual “Honoring the Beat of Life” Powwow in Shawnee, Oklahoma on October 17, an event that seeks to empower tribal members to embrace the healthy aspects of Native American traditions.
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Combating youth suicides

A recent presentation in Oxford, England, sparked the formation of an international collaborative of counselors, social workers, psychologists and other mental health professionals, who want to empower Native youth to rise above suicidal thoughts and feelings.
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Teen mental health

More partnerships and initiatives aimed at addressing mental health among Native youth are starting to take shape, including the Zero Suicides campaign from IHS, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration and the Suicide Prevention Resource Center.


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