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Prevention and Intervention

Prevention & Intervention

In April, we observe Alcohol Awareness Month and acknowledge the adverse effects excessive alcohol use can have on health and wellness. It is also an opportunity to share strategies and resources available for addressing issues surrounding alcohol use

Alcohol Awareness Information:

Samish Prevention and Intervention

In Prevention and Intervention, we believe that the practice of connecting individuals to their culture, language and traditions fosters a greater sense of community which in turn promotes wellness and reduces distress. We plan to build upon our current service strengths to reduce gaps in mental health needs, substance abuse needs and provide holistic, culturally appropriate wraparound services for Samish Citizens and their families. We will work to align our vision with the SAMHSA National Tribal Behavioral Health Agenda (TBHA) which “Evaluates the importance of tribal identities, culture, spiritual beliefs, and practices for improving overall wellbeing”.


Implementing substance abuse prevention, suicide prevention, mental health promotion, cultural healing revitalization, outreach, and holistic healing within the community which will allow us to come together and strengthen our identity as Coast Salish people. Developing capacity within the Samish Tribe to address the complex factors associated with a comprehensive opioid and stimulant use response by participating in, developing, expanding, and implementing activities, treatments, and prevention and intervention education within the 10 service counties of the Samish Indian Nation. 

Program Eligibility

Samish Citizens who reside in the 10-county service area (Skagit, Island, San Juan, Whatcom, Snohomish, King, Clallam, Jefferson, Pierce and Kitsap).

Mental Health Resources

Center for Traditional Medicine

Promotes traditional approaches and indigenous knowledge to address public health issues. It also offers several resources for mental health.

Healthy Aboriginal Network

Promotes wellness and literacy among indigenous youth through comic books and animated short films on health and social issues.

National Center for American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research at the Colorado School of Public Health

Specializes in research on mental health issues among American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) populations.

Indigenous Story Studio

Creates illustrations, posters, videos, and comic books on health and social issues for youth (Canada- based)

One Sky Center

The American Indian/Alaska Native National Resource Center for Health, Education, and Research; mission is to improve prevention and treatment of mental health and substance use problems and services among Native people.


A comprehensive health resource for Native youth by Native youth, promoting holistic health and positive growth in local communities and nation at large

StrongHearts Native Helpline

StrongHearts Native Helpline (1-844-762-8483) is a 24/7 confidential and anonymous culturally-appropriate domestic and sexual violence helpline for Native Americans.

You may contact us at any time, we are here to assist you any way we can.

Quintina Bowen, Chelángen and Xws7ámeshqen Directoremail me

Patricia Breckenridge, Resource Specialistemail me