Supporting Urban Native Youth (SUNY)

The Mental Wellness Series is part of the "Supporting Urban Native Youth" project through a SAMHSA Native Connections grant.  Consisting of three webinars, the series aims to promote mental wellness strategies to combat COVID-19 isolation by providing best practices for engagement and outreach to Urban Native Youth.

Upcoming Events

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Digital Storytelling: Writing Our Stories is Righting Our Stories

Native Youth will complete a guided illustration activity after which they will learn how to tell a meaningful story that takes ownership of and connects them back to their culture.

*Note: Materials for this activity will be shipped in advance.

Presenters:
Antoinette Ascencio, Sherwood Valley Band of Pomo Indians, Culture Keeper, NCUIH

Objectives:
1. Understand the concept of digital storytelling as a tool to reconnect with one's culture.
2. Develop familiarity with meaningful illustration techniques.
3. Build knowledge of art as a mechanism of telling meaningful stories.

Audience:
Native Youth & Young Adults

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SUNY 2

September 21, 2021 | 7-8 p.m. EST

Native Youth and Young Adults will complete a guided journaling activity in which they will utilize various art supplies to process thoughts in a healthy and protective way.

(Note: Materials for this activity will be shipped in advance.)

Presenters:
Antoinette Ascencio, Sherwood Valley Band of Pomo Indians, Culture Keeper, National Council of Urban Indian Health

Objectives:

  1. De-colonizing mental wellness and understanding that it is inherently Indigenous
  2. Learning how to create a space to give thoughts a healthy voice
  3. Understanding how to write in a protective way

Audience:
Native Youth & Young Adults

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For more great resources from past events, see below!

Youth Activities:

Holding Happiness: Creating a Keepsake Box 3/26/21

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Creating Touchstones for Saying Thank You 4/30/21

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Promoting Mental Wellness Community of Learning

February 16, 2021 | 1-2PM EST

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Understanding Suicide and Substance Misuse Among Urban Native Youth

The Promoting Mental Wellness: Addressing Suicide and Substance Misuse Among Urban Native Youth During COVID-19 series is focused on promoting the mental wellness of urban Native youth by providing UIO staff and leadership with a comprehensive view of the extent of suicide and substance misuse among this group, strategies of addressing these concerns through clinical treatment, with special consideration of the impact of COVID-19.

Presenter(s): Kelley McCall, Intern, National Council of Urban Indian Health

Who Should Attend?  Urban Indian Organizations (UIOs)

Objectives:

  1. Understand extent of substance misuse and suicide among Native Youth and Young Adults
  2. Recognize risk factors of substance misuse and suicide among Native Youth and Young Adults
  3. Recognize protective factors of substance misuse and suicide among Native Youth and Young Adults
  4. Assess the impact of COVID-19 on substance misuse and suicide among Native Youth and Young Adults

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March 16, 2021 | 1-2PM EST

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Providing Clinical Tele-Behavioral Health Services to Native Youth in the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Promoting Mental Wellness: Addressing Suicide and Substance Misuse Among Urban Native Youth During COVID-19 series is focused on promoting the mental wellness of urban Native youth by providing UIO staff and leadership with a comprehensive view of the extent of suicide and substance misuse among this group, strategies of addressing these concerns through clinical treatment, with special consideration of the impact of COVID-19.

Presenter(s): 

Dustin Richardson, LCPC (Blackfeet), Clinical Director, Native American Lifelines

Shane Lopez-Johnston (Tolowa), Prevention and Special Projects Director, Native American Rehabilitation Association of the Northwest, Inc. (NARA NW)

Who Should Attend?  Urban Indian Organizations (UIOs)

Objectives:

  1. Understand the scope of tele-behavioral health services
  2. Identify challenges faced when providing clinical tele-behavioral health services to urban Native youth
  3. Identify best practices in providing clinical tele-behavioral health services to urban Native youth

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April 20, 2021 | 1-2PM EST

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Weaving Calm: A Strength-Based Approach to Addressing Stress Among Urban Native Youth During COVID-19

The Promoting Mental Wellness: Addressing Suicide and Substance Misuse Among Urban Native Youth During COVID-19 series is focused on promoting the mental wellness of urban Native youth by providing UIO staff and leadership with a comprehensive view of the extent of suicide and substance misuse among this group, strategies of addressing these concerns through clinical treatment, with special consideration of the impact of COVID-19.

Presenter(s): 

Dr. Mary Cwik, Ph.D, Assistant Scientist, Licensed Psychologist at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Who Should Attend?  Urban Indian Organizations (UIOs)

Objectives:

  1. Recognize behaviors associated with stress in Native youth
  2. Understand the negative impacts of stress on physical and behavioral wellness
  3. Identify interventions/coping strategies/strengths-based solutions for chronic stress in Native youth
  4. Identify how stress is intensified among Native communities by COVID-19

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December 15, 2020
Building Safe Havens for Native American Youth and Adults Through Coalition Building *in collaboration with the Homelessness and Housing Insecurity in the Era of COVID-19 Series

Objectives:

  1. Understand the definition of a "safe space".
  2. Creating safe environments for homeless Native youth
  3. How local organizations can unify to create safe spaces for Native youth.
  4. How to sustain safe spaces during the COVID-19 pandemic

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January 5, 2021
Providing Traditional Medicine Sources to Youth Through Telehealth

Objectives:

  1. Discuss best practices in providing or facilitating smudging in a virtual environment 
  2. Identify traditional materials used, the significance of certain materials, and how to keep them.
  3. Understand different types of smudging and their related importance/effect.
  4. Understand benefits of traditional medicine during COVID-19.

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January 27, 2021
Beyond Tolerance: Overcoming Barriers to Care for LGBTQ2S+ Youth During COVID Lockdown

Objectives:

  1.  Identifying risk factor profile for LGBT+ homeless youth & intersectionality of risk
  2. Identifying strategies in creating drop-in centers that appropriately service urban Native LGBTQ2S+ youth
  3. How to foster a welcoming environment vs merely tolerating (improve engagement & effectiveness)

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