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Helping Teens Find a Trusted Adult

How Can Being Trauma Informed Help With Human Trafficking

National Stalking Awareness Month

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Helping Teens Find a Trusted Adult 

We often hear PSA ads, campaigns, and pediatricians advise children to talk to a trusted adult when there are concerns about mental health and substance use. Here are some tips to share with youths.

Teen Mental Health First Aid has shared these tips to help youth find an adult that they trust enough to reach out to for help:  

Consider which adults are going to be able to help. 

Think about which adults are likely to understand what’s going on, be able to give helpful suggestions and support you or your friend get better. This might be a family member, teacher, coach, doctor or school counselor. You can also access professional helponline or over the phone and this might be a good place to start if you or your friend want to remain anonymous.


Find an adult who is responsible and someone you trust. 

Try to think of people who you or your friend would feel comfortable with and will support you in return. It can take some time to find the “right fit” when it comes to talking about mental health challenges, so don’t be afraid to find someone new. 

Prepare some information before you talk to them. 

It can help to write down your thoughts and feelings or take factsheets and other information with you. This way if you get nervous in the moment, you have something to reference. 

Take a friend with you. 

It can be hard to ask for help alone. Take a friend that you trust with you for support and encouragement. 

Don’t wait, especially if you or your friend is in a mental health crisis. 

Your life and health are more important than confidentiality. If your friend is not ready to ask for help but you worry for their safety, reach out to an adult on your own. If you can’t find a teacher, parent, coach or other adult, call 911. 

Aid can be found when youths are willing to ask for help. It does not have to be a process that teenagers have to navigate alone. 

How Can Being Trauma Informed Help with Human Trafficking?

How Can Being Trauma Informed Help with Human Trafficking?

January is Human Trafficking Prevention month. Due to the phenomenon of missing and murdered indigenous women (MMIW) it is in alignment with the CHERP team values and mission to recognize and call attention to this important problem. CHERP also takes an explicitly trauma informed approach to all our work. But what does human trafficking and trauma informed approaches have to do with each other?

Trauma is important to the issue of human trafficking in two main stages: prevention and aftermath. People who have experienced trauma (think Adverse Childhood Experiences or ACEs) are more vulnerable to being trafficked. A trauma informed perspective may enable us to identify and intervene with potential targets of traffickers after trauma has occurred. What people need after trauma is to be supported by others in resolving said trauma so the negative effects of trauma on the brain are mitigated. 

When people are liberated from their traffickers, they then need to recover from the sometimes extreme trauma they likely suffered during the experience. Awareness of these phenomena enable us to potentially stop some trafficking from happening, and to facilitate healing and recovery of those who have been trafficked.

For more information on PACES (ACEs but including positive experiences that build resilience) click here. For a more information on trauma informed approaches to trafficking click here. For a more in depth look click on this document provided by the National Center on Trauma-Informed Care.

National Stalking Awareness Month

January is National Stalking Awareness Month.

Did you know that 1 in 3 Women will experience Stalking within their lifetime?


1 in 6 Men will experience Stalking within their lifetime?

To bring awareness to this topic, there are many ways you can be an advocate.

See the following links for resources below. For additional information you can visit the Stalking Prevention, Awareness, and Resource Center here. Additionally, you can select any of the links below.

See SPARC Infographic
Advocacy Guide
Request a Training

New to the CHERP TEAM

Yá’atéeh. Shí eí Donald Chee yinishyé. Tá’chííní nishłí, Ashiihí báshíshchiin, Kinłíchíiní dashi chei doo Tá’baahá dashi nalí. Tse’łichíí Da’askaní dee ei t’aayisi naashá.  

(Greetings, my name is Donald Chee. My clans are Red Running Into the Water, born for the Salt People, my maternal/paternal grandparents are the Redhouse and Near the Water People. I am originally from Red Valley, Arizona.) 

It’s an honor to join the AAIHB family as the new Program Coordinator for the National Native HIV Network. I bring over ten years of experience working in HIV/HepC/STI prevention education in rural and urban settings. I also have five years of experience advocating for the rights and protections of our Native relatives with disabilities and children who’ve become victims of abuse and neglect. My educational background includes a B.A. degree in Native American and Indigenous Studies from Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO., and a M.A. in American Indian Studies from the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ.  

We’ve come a long way since I began working in HIV education in the late 1990s as a volunteer community outreach worker. I’m grateful to have worked with many amazing pioneers in HIV prevention education, from whom I learned that the keys to being an effective community educator is to create inclusive spaces, and to always respect the cultures, languages, and histories of all people. With that, I look forward to working alongside everyone at AAIHB in various capacities to increase Hozho (harmony and balance) and resiliency in our communities. 

Ahe’hee doo nizhonígo nee adoo’aał! (Thank you and have the best day!) 

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

Looking ahead at next month, February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Teen dating violence is the most common type of youth violence. It is estimated that one in ten teens in the US will be affected by teen dating violence. Perhaps more concerning is that one in three adolescents in the US will experience some form of abuse (physical, sexual, emotional, or verbal) from a dating partner. It is important to be aware of how many young people are impacted by teen dating violence so that we can work on prevention efforts as well as be better prepared to offer support to those who have experienced, or are experiencing, abuse from a dating partner.  

One of the many ways communities can take action is by offering Youth Mental Health First Aid training for adults who work with young people. This training helps adults recognize and understand signs and symptoms of youth experiencing mental health challenges and provides tools for responding to young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. To learn more about Youth Mental Health First Aid Training contact our PIYL Program Coordinator, Tony Quintana, at You can also visit for more resources.  

Ketamine Isn't Only for Horses

"Ketamine, the veterinary Anesthetic,- first used as an Anesthetic during the Vietnam war, - then was used as a horse tranquilizer. However, it seems the Sedative and Hallucinogenic is coming back around as a potential treatment for depression." C. Smith, 2021,

With the rise of ketamine therapy services, it’s no surprise that ketamine is a popular topic in the media today. Ketamine is a dissociative anesthetic with hallucinogenic effects. Ketamine is used in a “sub-anesthetic” to treat depression, substance disorders, and other mental health issues.

When using ketamine treatment therapy, the “mystical experience or peak” is the point in ketamine treatment where the client will have euphoric feelings and expanded

consciousness. All while under the supervision of the clinician. The afterglow of the treatment is when the client will be in a state of improved mood and insight and may be ready to process issues with the clinician differently than before treatment. The expanded consciousness has opened the client in ways that may not have been possible before ketamine therapy. This is a breakthrough for many people who have tried various treatments for healing and found some relief from their suffering. However, it is hard for the public to understand this kind of treatment and its success. I imagine there will only be more brake throughs in the future. If people could use substances under supervision to help their suffering in the future. I hope that it will help not only the mental health field but also help people have more of a trauma-informed understanding of treatments in the future too.  

Online Supply Orders

The Community Health Education and Resiliency Program provides safer sex supplies (condoms, dental dams, lube), HIV Self-Test Kits, Narcan, Fentanyl Test Strips, and Deterra Pouches to individuals and organizations in the IHS Albuquerque Area. Please use the links below to order your supplies.


Safer Sex Supplies and HIV Self-Test Kits:

Narcan, Fentanyl Test Strips, and Deterra Pouches:

For more information about online orders, contact Kurt at


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