1.5 Increase understanding of mental health, substance abuse, and well-being for Alaskan youth; and support programs that address those impacts and strengthen youth resilience.

Increasing evidence suggests that childhood trauma can lead to serious health problems that last into adulthood and limit individuals from reaching their full potential. Research regarding mental health, substance abuse, and well-being in Arctic and sub-Arctic communities can strengthen youth resilience and support individual achievement, leading to improved health outcomes.

Performance elements from the Arctic research plan

  • 1.5.1 Increase knowledge and the evidence base for effective community- determined approaches that contribute to the health and well-being of children and youth as they move into adulthood. Efforts like Native Youth Initiative for Leadership, Empowerment, and Development (I-LEAD) and Generation Indigenous are examples of contributions to this performance element.
  • 1.5.2 Support tribal behavioral health programs and collaborative research hubs to prevent and reduce suicidal behavior and substance abuse and to reduce the burden of suicide and promote resilience among Alaska Native youth.
  • 1.5.3 Conduct surveys to document and report on adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) in Alaska children, including among American Indian and Alaska Native children.

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