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Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma Native Connections

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03/29/2022
03/29/2022

The importance of word of mouth

As many of you may know our program started out small and slowly has grown. It started with two employees, and we slowly grew to include a counselor two days a week to now where we have two employees, a counselor, and his assistant who are working three days a week. We also started just working amongst ourselves and have expanded to working with two local schools and multiple local tribes.
The reason I mention this is because of the power of word of mouth. This can be used in good or bad ways, from spreading gossip about an individual or events, to spreading news and information that can help those that hear it. For instance, sharing information about people to talk to, or places to go if someone needs help with depression, substance abuse, or alcohol abuse. This can often mean the difference between an individual seeking help or continuing to suffer in silence. If you know anyone that needs help or can use some assistance, don’t hesitate to reach out to our counselor Brandon McCombs at 918-314-4761.

03/29/2022

Join us April 16th!
Fun, food, and prizes 🐣

The word on the playground is the Easter bunny may make an appearance 👀
See you there!

03/29/2022

HAVEN is here to help! 918-554-2836

03/24/2022
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02/10/2022

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A new episode of #TelehealthUnmuted is here! We sat down with Ben Bingham, Project Director of the Native Connections program. Click here to listen now: https://spoti.fi/3ovTFP8

01/28/2022
12/08/2021

We Want To Hear From You
By Ben Bingham, Native Connections Project Director
We continue to try and reach as many tribal people as possible through a variety of sources (Facebook, Public Service Announcements, Tribal Webpage, YouTube, Tribal Newsletter, and even a billboard) all in the effort to raise awareness of Suicide and Substance Abuse Prevention and our program. Now is the time we need your help. We want to hear from you through the following questions.
Question 1: Have you heard of Native Connections and what we offer? If so what have you heard.
Question 2: Are you aware that we have a counselor available on site.
Question 3: Have you seen any of our outreach material?
Question 4: What topic would you like us to discuss in the shooting star?
Question 5: Have you liked or followed our Native Connections page?
Question 6: What social media sites, do you prefer? Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, Tik Tok, or other?
Responses can be sent to me via email at [email protected], mailed to70500 E 128 RD
WYANDOTTE, OK 74370-9562
United States, or I can be reached personally at 1-918-238-5151 ext. 1860.

Holidays and Mental HealthSubmitted by Ben Bingham, Native Connections Project DirectorThe holidays are upon us and for ...
11/23/2021
IMAlive – An Online Crisis Network

Holidays and Mental Health
Submitted by Ben Bingham, Native Connections Project Director

The holidays are upon us and for many suffering from mental illness, this is an exceptional hard time. According to one survey 64% of people with mental illness report holidays make their conditions worse. The reasons for these feelings range from feeling sad or dissatisfied, financially strained, loneliness, focused on happier times contrasting to the present, unable to be with loved ones, and loss loved ones. Shorter daylight hours during the winter months also can affect those more prone to feeling down or depressed.
A few key signs one could look for in a friend or family member who you might be having trouble during the holiday. Being withdrawn more than usual, behaving more erratically and impulsively, being irritable, being withdrawn and not answering calls, texts, or instant messages. You should also pay attention to the way the speak. Avoiding talking about future, making references of wanting to escape or that they have nothing to live for. These could be clues that they are feeling hopeless or could possibly be thinking of doing serious self-harm.

If you or someone in your family is struggling with life and needs to our program has on staff Brandon McCombs our contract counselor. He can be reached at 918-314-4761. If struggling with thoughts of suicide or self-harm, there is also the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). I am also including other resources that someone may find useful.

Crisis Text Line: Text "EMM" to 741741
Trans Lifeline 1-877-565-8860
The Trevor Project LGBTQ+ Youth: 1-866-488-7386
SuicideIsPreventable.org
Online Chat: www.imalive.org
Ozark Center-Crisis Services: 417-347-7720
Grand Lake Mental Health: 918-540-1511 ext. 2350
Lost River Treatment Center: 918-303-5433
Willow crest Hospital: 800-950-7577
Grand Lake Mental Health Crisis Line: 800-722-3611
Children's Mobile Crisis Line: 918-722-3611
Thrive Counseling Services: 918-857-7252

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Seeing Yourself Differently Mental vs. physical health careStigma is one of the biggest barriers to seeking mental healt...
11/08/2021

Seeing Yourself Differently
Mental vs. physical health care
Stigma is one of the biggest barriers to seeking mental health care. For some reason, people often have an expectation that they shouldn’t need help for a mental illness. Or they think that needing help makes them weak. We often have a totally different mindset with mental health than with other physical illnesses. If a person has pneumonia, they’ll prioritize seeing a doctor. But if they’re feeling overwhelmed to the point where they can’t navigate their life, people think they should be able to handle it alone.” You don’t handle it alone when you have Cancer, you seek out a doctor for help. So, when you are feeling overwhelmed with the pressures of life, why wouldn’t you seek out a doctor to help with that? It isn’t any different. Mental Health has been labeled with a Stigma, that keeps us from being a whole healthy individual. We need to stress that to break this stigma, we need to understand that mental illnesses are biological conditions, just like other physical diseases or illnesses. “There’s a prevalent belief that if you have a mental illness, there’s a part of you that’s broken,”. “It’s important that people understand that mental illness is not about weakness or an inability to Manage.” Its about getting the help they need to be a healthy individual.
#Breaking The Stigma: What can you do?
Many people who struggle with the symptoms of depression, anxiety or another mental illness don’t feel that they can be open with their friends or family. “Whatever we can do to help normalize these experiences will be helpful in breaking stigma,”. The other essential piece is broader education about mental health diagnoses. Often, people don’t recognize or know the signs and symptoms of common mental illnesses like anxiety, clinical depression. Many people have an inherent resistance to the idea of taking medication. It ties back into the idea that taking medication might mean that someone is sick or broken.” However, many patients experience significant benefits from the right medication. Research has shown that people see the most results when they stay on a prescription for at least 6-12 months or longer. In fact, Dr. Haycraft shares that the most clinically proven treatment for depression is a combination of medication and psychotherapy.
Often, people who seek out therapy and mental health help experience a transformation in their self-image. “As people start to work through a process of healing, they start to see themselves differently and no longer feel like they are broken,”. “Really the bottom line is that if you are struggling, don’t hesitate to ask for help,”. “True mental health treatment is not sitting down for 10 minutes and writing a prescription; it’s an encompassing, holistic approach. My hope is that people can find the courage and encouragement to reach out, ask their questions and get help.” If you need help, please reach out to me or our therapist Brandon McCombs so, we can help you to navigate this thing called life.
Joy McCoy Brandon McCombs
70400 E Hwy 60 70400 E Hwy 60
Wyandotte Ok 74370 Wyandotte Ok 74370
Office # 918-238-5151 ext. 1809 Cell # 918-314-4761
Cell # 417-208-6850

Seeing Yourself Differently Mental vs. physical health careStigma is one of the biggest barriers to seeking mental healt...
11/08/2021

Seeing Yourself Differently
Mental vs. physical health care
Stigma is one of the biggest barriers to seeking mental health care. For some reason, people often have an expectation that they shouldn’t need help for a mental illness. Or they think that needing help makes them weak. We often have a totally different mindset with mental health than with other physical illnesses. If a person has pneumonia, they’ll prioritize seeing a doctor. But if they’re feeling overwhelmed to the point where they can’t navigate their life, people think they should be able to handle it alone.” You don’t handle it alone when you have Cancer, you seek out a doctor for help. So, when you are feeling overwhelmed with the pressures of life, why wouldn’t you seek out a doctor to help with that? It isn’t any different. Mental Health has been labeled with a Stigma, that keeps us from being a whole healthy individual. We need to stress that to break this stigma, we need to understand that mental illnesses are biological conditions, just like other physical diseases or illnesses. “There’s a prevalent belief that if you have a mental illness, there’s a part of you that’s broken,”. “It’s important that people understand that mental illness is not about weakness or an inability to Manage.” Its about getting the help they need to be a healthy individual.
#Breaking The Stigma: What can you do?
Many people who struggle with the symptoms of depression, anxiety or another mental illness don’t feel that they can be open with their friends or family. “Whatever we can do to help normalize these experiences will be helpful in breaking stigma,”. The other essential piece is broader education about mental health diagnoses. Often, people don’t recognize or know the signs and symptoms of common mental illnesses like anxiety, clinical depression. Many people have an inherent resistance to the idea of taking medication. It ties back into the idea that taking medication might mean that someone is sick or broken.” However, many patients experience significant benefits from the right medication. Research has shown that people see the most results when they stay on a prescription for at least 6-12 months or longer. In fact, Dr. Haycraft shares that the most clinically proven treatment for depression is a combination of medication and psychotherapy.
Often, people who seek out therapy and mental health help experience a transformation in their self-image. “As people start to work through a process of healing, they start to see themselves differently and no longer feel like they are broken,”. “Really the bottom line is that if you are struggling, don’t hesitate to ask for help,”. “True mental health treatment is not sitting down for 10 minutes and writing a prescription; it’s an encompassing, holistic approach. My hope is that people can find the courage and encouragement to reach out, ask their questions and get help.” If you need help, please reach out to me or our therapist Brandon McCombs so, we can help you to navigate this thing called life.
Joy McCoy Brandon McCombs
70400 E Hwy 60 70400 E Hwy 60
Wyandotte Ok 74370 Wyandotte Ok 74370
Office # 918-238-5151 ext. 1809 Cell # 918-314-4761
Cell # 417-208-6850

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Tuesday 8am - 4:30pm
Wednesday 8am - 4:30pm
Thursday 8am - 4:30pm
Friday 8am - 4:30pm
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PLEASE READ AND REMEMBER NOVEMBER 26, 2020 6PM MST!! MAKE THIS VIRAL TO ALL INDIGENOUS PEOPLE AND TRIBES, IT'S TIME!!! To all of my indigenous brothers and sisters, Over time we have traveled so far away from the ways of OUR Creator and the stewardship our ancestors had over the lands, known as our mother. OUR Creator gave these lands to our ancestors so long as they lived in harmony and balance with our mother. We have strayed far from these ways. Their stewardship is OUR inheritance to reclaim, but this cannot happen unless we unify on a spiritual level together. We have become complacent and accustomed to a way of living that goes against everything our ancestors believed, fought and died for. This has been done by design since the colonizers arrived on our lands. The voices of our ancestors are crying from the dust and yet we've heard them not. How long will the prayers that were said on our behalf from past generations go unanswered by us?! We have been so distracted by the material things and become so divided in the beliefs of a society that is not ours. These ways do not align with the true and ancient ways of our people. Those who have and continue to rule over our people, have tried in vain to strip us, our parents, grandparents, great grandparents etc from our connection to The Creator of our ancestors. They have tried to break and separate us from our stewardship of these lands, our mother. They have continually tried to do this because they know when we start following the paths set by OUR Creator, the power we'll receive will lead to their utter destruction. They try and continually succeed in dividing us over those who have, and those who have not. The colonist government(s) want us to have more division between our indigenous peoples and respective tribes. For so long this division has been used to keep us weak and defeated, preventing any kind of unification. Past tribal elders and leaders have tried to create unity but through ways that only exposed our differences between tribes. Some say there's too many differences between tribes for any of us, let alone a few, to ever unify. This is exactly what colonization and identity genocide has done to OUR people. To this I remind our people, that we, as indigenous, all share a deep seated belief in The Creator that we cannot deny. We also share in our love for our lands, our mother. A love so deep that it courses through our veins, but we have been taught to forget how to express it to her. Our mother cries for us! She cries for her children to remember her and desires us to collectively reclaim our stewardship of her. She longs to be respected, loved, cared for and needed again. Our ancestors relied on her, needed her in order to live. They cared for and nurtured her. Now, we rely on convenience, colonist ways and have no need for her unless we want something and give nothing in return. So her cries have gone unheard because we became deaf to her and listened to another. There is a great turmoil and division happening in the heart of Turtle Island as well as other indigenous lands. Right now the world is watching and wondering what will become of OUR Turtle Island. There are some that are hoping for it's destruction. This great turmoil and division is being stirred about by a great vulture. Some say only part of this vile bird is the cause of all it all. Right wing against left wing, left wing against right wing, it's all a part of the same bird. There is much hatred between the wings of this bird and it has done nothing but steal, destroy and divide on every land it has ever entered. Many listen to the song of this bird and their hearts have been decieved by it's melody. It is a vile creature that seeks death and ruin. So much so, that it has continued to divide and decimate many of our indigenous peoples through nefarious means, from one generation to another. We must deafen our ears to it's tune and stop believing it's lies! This vile bird has it's local government(s) ensure that liquor stores exist right outside reservation borders, as well as infiltrating our communities with street drugs to continue the cycle of addiction, domestic violence and abuse, division of families, and increased su***de and homicide rates. It provides sub standard health care that pushes insane daily amounts of poisonous medicines onto our people, especially our elders. This bird encourages and rewards dependency on it's system in order for some of our people to live. It pollutes and defiles our lands and waters that are sacred to us as a people. Through it's greediness, it finds ways to steal the natural resources that we are supposed to protect. This theivery takes place right under our feet! This bird has taught our children that it's ways are the right way. It tries to ensure that the cultures, languages and identities of OUR indigenous peoples are forgotten by rewriting and teaching a history of lies. Infiltrating the beliefs of our ancestors to include foreign gods that OUR ancestors would quickly turn away from! It tricks our people to believe that it's intentions will better our lives when it has only brought pain, suffering, lies, and death to OUR people for many generations. This bird has been a very busy creature since it entered into our lands long ago. In every land it has entered, it has grown confident and arrogant in it's devices against all of OUR PEOPLE because of it's past conquests. However, it has grown old and weak while we have silently grown stronger. OUR PEOPLE have started to ignore the vile bird and it's song is growing faint. In turn, the heartbeat and cries of our mother and the voices of our ancestors that cry from the dust, are finally becoming loud enough for us all to hear. The Creator of our ancestors, OUR Creator, is beginning to hear our cries, our mother's cry and the cries of those before us. Therefore it is time. Time for us to gather together as a unified indigenous people with one voice. United as the stewards/caregivers and beneficiaries of our mother. Some have asked, who would want our mother now? Some have said that she is defiled and polluted beyond repair. To this I remind our people, it is OUR Creator that has the power to create, heal and destroy. Have we forgotten this?! Have we forgotten how we are to feed those who are hungry?! Have we forgotten the strength of community?! Have we forgotten we are to help our brothers and sisters in need?! Have we forgotten that hate has no place amongst our peoples and tribes?! We must not fall for anymore of their division tactics! We are in a time where we need to rely on OUR Creator collectively as one people, one voice and one action. The colonist government(s) that rule over Turtle Island and other indigenous lands are ripping apart at the seams. Many people are fighting over this or that, and it will be to their own destruction. It is imperative that we do not join in their fights and division, but stand together in unity as indigenous people. We need to cry out to OUR Creator with one voice for protection, strength, unification and the restoration of our inherited stewardship of our mother. We need to cry out for her healing and the healing of our indigenous people. We need to unify and cry out in one voice, on the same day and at the same time, native time cannot apply.! I ask ALL indigenous people and tribes to stop whatever you are doing on this 'THANKS, BUT WE'RE TAKING IT BACK NOW!!" celebration on November 26, 2020 AT 6PM MST and cry loud to OUR Creator and spare not, maybe then we'll start to be taken seriously and our prayers will start to be heard!!! Maybe then OUR Creator will remember us and the prayers of our ancestors!!!! What if this has been THE solution this whole time, wouldn't that be something????!!!!❤️💪🏾😆