Let's Talk: Prevention

The pain that comes with thoughts of ending your life can feel hopeless and isolating. You are NOT alone and HIR Wellness Center is here to support you and your family through this very difficult time in your life. We also provide community workshops and trainings including Mental Health First Aid (MHFA). We aim to create community-activated medicine (CAM), raise awareness to the signs and symptoms of someone who is struggling with suicide and destigmatize mental health concerns through addressing the myths and misconceptions around these courageous conversations.  


Please reach out for immediate help if you or someone you know are experiencing thoughts of suicide or other life-threatening concerns.  



  • 911

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

  • Veterans Crisis Line- 1-800-273-8255 (Press 1)

  • LGBTQ Crisis Line- 1-866-488-7386

  • Teen Line-  310-855-4673

  • HopeLine Text Service- Text HOPELINE to 741741

  • Sojourner Family Peace Center (Intimate Partner Abuse)- 414-933-2722

  • Lotus Clinic (Human Trafficking Legal Service)- 414-885-1469

  • National Human Trafficking Hotline- 1-888-373-7888

  • IMPACT 211 (Substance Use)- 414-649-4380

  • Child Protective Services (Child Abuse/Neglect)- 414-220-SAFE (7233)



Let's Talk: Sexual Abuse & Human Trafficking 

When it comes to healing from the aftermath of experiencing sexual abuse, we at HIR Wellness Center are here to support you. All too often the signs of sexual abuse go unnoticed and kept secret for too long. Sexual abuse impacts both males and females and the pain that comes from these experiences can leave someone feeling frightened, alone, ashamed, confused, hopeless, angry, anxious, and shattered.Our goal is to create a safe space to begin your healing journey and to work together in finding positive coping skills that will foster healthier relationships. 


Let's talk: Substance Use

Substance use takes on many forms and often when a youth is using, it's not always easy to detect. By the time it is noticeable it is usually more difficult to address head-on. This is where counseling can help foster a safe place for someone struggling with substance use to explore new options for coping and to learn how to abstain or reduce harm in their substance use behaviors. Counseling is also a place for the family to learn about substance use and addiction, and the best ways to support their loved one through this difficult time. This isn't a time of blaming, but rather connecting to pathways to healing beyond this period, in all of your lives. 


Let's talk: Domestic Violence 

Domestic violence takes many forms and affects women, men, and children from all communities. What does an abusive relationship look like? Does your partner ever...

  • Look at you or act in ways that scare you?

  • Control what you do, who you see, talk to, or where you go?

  • Embarrass you with put-downs?

  • Push, slap, choke or hit you?

  • Stop you from seeing your friends or family members?

  • Prevent you from working or attending school?

  • Act like the abuse is not big deal, deny the abuse or tell you it's your own fault?

  • Intimidate you with weapons i.e., guns, knives, tools?

  • Attempt to force you to drop criminal charges?

  • Threaten to commit suicide, or threaten to kill you? 

If the answer is "yes" to any one of these questions, you may be in an unhealthy, unsafe, or abusive relationship. 
We are here to support you through your healing journey through either counseling services or connecting you to other agencies and resources that can best meet your needs. If you are in an emergency situation that requires immediate attention please call 911 first and reach out to the National Domestic Violence Hotline (1-800-787-3224) for more resources.


The StrongHearts Native Helpline 1-844-7NATIVE (762-8483) is a free, culturally-appropriate domestic violence and dating violence helpline for American Indians and Alaska Natives, offering support and referrals to resources daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. CST. Get safe, anonymous and confidential help. Callers reaching out after hours may connect with the National Domestic Violence Hotline by selecting option 1.



Let's talk:Foster Care

For those just beginning their journey working with kids in foster care or for those who have been doing this for decades, we must never forget their story. We must replenish our spirit of hope so that we can show wholeheartedly we believe that hope is possible-- that love can overcome chaos, loss, and the chain of pain (generational) that often follows placement after placement. As you join them on their life journey, you can either walk with them or walk away from their needs of feeling seen, soothed, safe and secure. It's not your job alone to provide all of this--yet you can add to their journey in passing moments to extended connections. 

Let's talk:Two-Spirit (LGBTQIA)

Two-spirit is a gender identity. If someone is two-spirited, their body simultaneously houses both a masculine spirit and a feminine spirit. This idea originated with Indigenous communities from all over the globe, and can also mean that they fulfill both gender roles. In some Indigenous communities, there are more than three genders, each respected and often revered. Unfortunately, in our Western way of understanding gender roles, there are only two, male or female. This narrow perspective leaves out the many gifts that other genders can provide within our communities and societal roles. Often due to feelings of shame, frustration, anger, fear, sadness, loneliness, our LGBTQIA friends struggle with thoughts of suicide and other mental health concerns.  


Let's talk: Transgenerational Trauma & Adversity 

Historical Trauma

Historical trauma is “a constellation of characteristics associated with massive cumulative group trauma across generations” (Brave Heart, 1999). This only tells part of the story as each community, family, and an individual has unique experiences. 


​​Contemporary Trauma

Contemporary trauma (CT) is the bridge that connects past and present trauma experiences. It takes into consideration a concept known as Colonial Trauma Response (CTR) that speaks about today’s modern social and economic disparities that have persisted and the plight of a massive group of Indigenous peoples (Evans-Campbell, 2008). CTR opens the conversation to a discussion of the impact of modern-day colonizers and perpetrators (Evans-Campbell, 2008) such as those supporting myths that have been created by silencing our (U.S. citizens) shared history  and thereby reaping the rewards of the governmental policies and actions that exterminated and removed native people from their homelands (Faimon, 2004).


Transgenerational Transmission of Trauma

Transgenerational transmission of trauma (TTT) renders some children of survivors vulnerable to stress while others become more resilient. Both seem to remember what their parents and grandparents might have forgotten. TTT was previously assumed to be caused primarily by environmental factors, such as the parents’ child-rearing behavior. New research suggests that it may be also inherited through epigenetic mechanisms which become a kind of biological cell memory.


Post-Trauma Growth or Historical Thriving
It is positive change experienced as a result of the struggle with a major life crisis or a traumatic event. The term posttraumatic growth-- the idea that human beings can be changed by their encounters with life challenges, sometimes in radically positive ways, is not new. The theme is present in ancient spiritual and religious traditions, literature, and philosophy. 


To check out a mind map by Well For Culture of pathways towards historical thriving click below:



Indigenous People

The term Indigenous across our site can be interchangeable with the terms American Indian/Native American/Fist Nations and represents the 567 plus tribes across the United States. 



"Illness becomes wellness when I becomes We"
Healing Intergenerational Roots for All Nations-One Tribe 

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