Anyone can serve as a First Face--including you! There are many ways to serve as a First Face. These can range from just learning about mental health to actually completing advanced education to be a healthcare provider.
The xaʔtu̓s for Mental Health training program will teach neighbors, teachers, family members, peers, and community members different ways to be that First Face who steps forward to help a teenager or adult experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge.
Our training uses live presentations, animations, interactive activities, and expert interviews to help you learn how to help anyone who is having a mental health crisis. Our unique tool, Healing Hands, includes five steps to providing help. Our animated videos allow learners to practice these steps for different situations. What sets our training apart is its development and in-depth collaboration with Tribal leaders and experts to ensure fidelity to Tribal practices to support the mind, body, and spirit.
In the Animated Life Story, Meet Nick, hear about Nick’s story of addiction, recovery, and return to use. See how his auntie is the First Face to help.
Ms. Donell Barlow, a research assistant of the Healing Lodge of the Seven Nations’ CIRCLE NARCH program and an enrolled member of the Ottawa Tribe/Otter clan and Yurok on her maternal side, talks with Dr. Martina Whelshula about intergenerational trauma. Dr. Whelshula is a member of the Colville Confederated Tribes, former director of the Healing Lodge of the Seven Nations, and a principal investigator for the CIRCLE NARCH research program that developed xaʔtu̓s for Mental Health.
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