ASK YOUR RELATIVE QUESTIONS

Tags: 07 - Physical Health, 09 - Relationships, 10 - Mental Health, 13 - Life Tips

Dear Auntie, My uncle is going crazy and he is verbally abusive to my auntie and my first cousins. I’m scared of it becoming physical. I want them to move over here with me and they do too. How do I get them away from this?

I want to first thank you for having the courage to write this question. It sounds like you care for your Auntie a lot. They are going to need your strength and compassion during this time. This question is a difficult question to answer. There are a lot of different and moving pieces here. People’s initial response is to go…

Hi Uncle. I am watching the FX on Hulu’s series Reservation Dogs. The latest episode focused on suicide. This is bringing up a lot of issues for me and my friends. Where can I get information or help I need too?

Hi, Thanks for asking! Suicide is the intentional act to end one’s life. Many tribal customs forbid or limit talking about suicide, death and dying as it is the belief that talking about it will make it happened. In order to help others, it’s important to talk about suicide and suicide prevention in a respectful and honorable way. Suicide among…

I’m a Chumash native Americans on my mother’s side. I live in Sacramento. Both my mother and grandmother has enrollment numbers. I am being harass by the legal officials here in Sacramento. Like hacking my phone constantly being followed. ECT… Im homeless and have been trying to get out of my situation. Ever place I get refused or ECT. I need help

Dear Dan, Thanks for writing in. It sounds like you are in a really stressful situation and I’m glad you reached out for help. I’m happy to help in any way I can. To start off, if you are being harassed by legal officials, it can be helpful to know what rights you have. This webpage has information about how…

I’m schizoaffective. Does this make me a bad person?

Dear Relative, Thank you for reaching out. You are not a bad person because you are schizoaffective. You are someone of value, who is loved, and you are not alone. There is a lot of misinformation, stereotypes, and stigmas against people with mental illness out there. And there’s a lot of people working to change this because of the negative…

If I had depression for 6 years and I had no help, how would that affect me

Dear Feather, I am so sorry to hear that you have been experiencing depression, but really proud of you for reaching out. We get many questions about depression and anxiety, here is some information on this https://www.wernative.org/ask-auntie-questions/way-of-solving-depression-and-anxiety It is really important that if you are feeling depressed that you seek out support in your family, community and from a mental…

what is guided meditation?

Guided meditation describes a type of meditation led by a teacher, in person or via audio or video.[1] Sometimes called guided imagery or visualization, with this method of meditation you form mental images of places or situations you find relaxing. You try to use as many senses as possible, such as smells, sights, sounds and textures. You may be led…

Is this like a suicide text thing?

Dear relative, Thank you for writing in. The Ask Auntie site is not a crisis line and we don’t monitor it 24/7. If you or a loved one are thinking about suicide or in crisis there are resources that are available for you. You can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or text NATIVE to 741741 to chat with a crisis…

Dear Auntie, what are you grateful for this year?

I love this question! In reflecting back on this crazy year, one thing that stuck with me was when we first started hearing and preparing for COVID, I, probably alongside most of the world, was looking at the world infection maps. Maps that showed varying sizes of red dots indicating how many cases each country had. Over the course of…

Hi Auntie Amanda, I was reading about suicide rates in the United States and Native Americans were the highest in rates. As a Caucasian person, would it be acceptable for me to pursue a degree in psychology to help tribes?

Hi there, Thanks for reaching out. It’s important to know about these topics, and to approach them in a respectful way. It is true that Native American communities have high rates of suicide. The Center for Disease Control found that from 1999 to 2017 the suicide rate for American Indian and Alaska Native people rose 139%. There are a lot…
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