Teddy McCullough, CNAY Fellow, spoke on a panel during a Congressional briefing about Native children’s mental health. Teddy spoke about Generation Indigenous, as well as his personal stories about drug and alcohol abuse and mental health issues within his family.
American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) children face significant challenges in accessing needed mental health services. The American Academy of Pediatrics presented the Congressional briefing, examining the issue of AI/AN children’s mental health from the perspectives of Native youth and health care providers.
This briefing included an overview of the mental health challenges AI/AN children face and a discussion of what policies and programs work in addressing their mental health needs. The briefing featured the perspectives of Native youth, the experiences of health care providers serving AI/AN children, and a discussion of the role schools play in serving children’s mental health needs.
The briefing was sponsored by the American Academy of Pediatrics, and co-sponsored by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; the Center for Native American Youth; the National Indian Health Board; and the School-Based Health Alliance.