Some of those shared challenges are the most basic; Attitudes. A background of self-reliance and other cultural strengths can serve to keep people stuggling unnecessarily.
Asking for assistance would seem to be especially accepted within the tribal context of hopeful concern but this is not always the case. The optimism and sense of acceptance of life situations, is a true cultural strength.
Ironically, some individuals have interpreted this to mean that they must wait and endure what comes without much ability to influence the course of things for the better. Improving our life situations requires that we do things diferently; to actively pursue our ideal life rather than waiting for things to get better.
The close-knit tribal community can make some feel that their actions are being observed by all and even being judged as inappropriate somehow. Fear of being "looked down upon" or being thought of as "crazy" is an important consideration to many who hesitate to get mental health care.
Privacy is therefore of primary importance among those who have been overly-scrutinized or harshly judged by others.
The anxiety of potential social stigma often
Historical Trauma is a unique aspect in Native American mental health. The historical context of anyone's life has to be factored into their care.
Close Knit community
So what do we do with or about these issues? This is not an exhaustive list. Start from where you are now and recognize the potential of what your life might be.
Practice collaborative thinking. If two heads are better than one, then how might you benefit from a partnership with a friend, a family member, a church pastor or a mental health professional? Resolve to work with others to find the answers you need.
Approach a problem from every angle. If your efforts have not been effective so far, is there another option for dealing with them? All of us can benefit from constructive conversations about dealing with situations that are familiar to us.
Be brave and don't stop until you have the life you want. You can do it.