Lifelong and generational adverse life experiences can increase your chances of developing depression and other symptoms of emotional distress. This is the case for millions of Indigenous people in the United States, who face a high lifetime probability of experiencing mental health symptoms. These challenges often increase due to difficulty getting the support they need, when they need it. Marginalization, stigma, discriminatory public policies, and racial trauma are a few of the factors greatly affecting health outcomes in this community.
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