American Indians, Mental Health and

American Indians are an overrepresented racial and ethnic group among people who need mental health services, specifically when considering rates of poverty, substance abuse, and trauma-related issues. Not only do rates of psychopathology among American Indians rise above the general population, but they also vary within and between different American Indian tribes. Despite high rates of poor mental health, the majority of American Indians enjoy good mental health. Thus, preventive measures, as well as treatment measures, are imperative to meet the mental health needs of this resilient, yet vulnerable, population.

Who Are American Indians?

Currently, in the United States, there are more than 550 federally recognized American Indian tribes. There are roughly another 66 Indian tribes or tribal groups that are “state” recognized. According to the ...

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