November is Native American Heritage Month, and we are proud to highlight creative and effective programs in our region’s tribal communities that are preventing substance use and suicide and promoting mental wellness.
Tribal communities are disproportionately impacted by suicide and substance use. Our tribal partners often say, “Culture is Prevention, is Treatment, is Wellness, is Life” – with the belief that those who are connected to community and traditional practices can heal together.
To address the many overlapping disparities created by centuries of colonization and displacement, programs and interventions serving Native people are most successful when they are community-focused and steered by the lived experience and expertise of tribal leaders. Lines for Life is proud to partner with and provide support for programs in our region led by tribal partners.
I know based off my own experiences that culture is important to my community to keep traditions alive, but I did not know before how critical it is for healing. Traditions like storytelling, art, and food have long been a form of protection for Native community members and only recently have healthcare systems regarded them as a principal source of building wellness. [Read More…]
Native & Strong Lifeline – the first state-funded helpline dedicated to serving Native communities specifically – launched on November 10th as part of the 988 call center operated by Volunteers of America Western Washington (VOAWW). The service offers Native communities in Washington state 24/7 emotional support over the helpline, and connects callers to resources as needed. [Read More…]