Ertz’s Native American cultural and family connections run deep. She grew up in rural South Dakota, and her father is a psychologist as well. Watching him serve other people during her childhood influenced the decision to choose behavioral health.
Stress manifests itself both mentally and physically, effecting everyone in some form. The International Stress Management Association recognizes the first full week in November as International Stress Awareness Week.
the Citizen Potawatomi Nation Behavioral Health Department held its first QPR suicide prevention training for Tribal employees. QPR stands for “question, persuade and refer.”
Tribal member Ashley Cole finds herself drawn to helping Native American youth with their mental health and hopes to use suicide prevention methods as a licensed psychologist in the near future.
Exposure to adverse, distressing events such as forced removal and cultural loss across multiple generations can manifest in anxiety, depression and other mental illnesses.