Native American groups address mental and behavioral health as COVID-19 wears on


Last updated 8/6/2020 at 11:15am

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Arizona National Guard members set up a medical station in Chinle on the Navajo Nation Reservation to support COVID-19 health care on May 2. The guard activated more than 800 members to support grocery stores, food banks and other community needs.

PHOENIX-With COVID-19 taking an especially heavy toll on Native Americans, tribal leaders and mental health experts have stepped up efforts to address the emotional suffering brought on by ongoing lockdowns and so much loss.

"Please stay connected with relatives and neighbors by phone or video chat and remind them that they have support," Navajo Nation Vice President Myron Lizer said recently, imploring Navajos to take care of their mental well-being as well as their physical health.

"If you are feeling stress or anxious, take the time to take a deep breath, stretch, or pray," he said. "E...

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