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2.7.21- Mental Health, Wellness & Indigenous Communities

Sun. 2/7 7p:  How are Indigenous peoples’ mental and behavioral wellness supported in NM? Generation Justice discusses Indigenous mental health with professionals in the field. 

The clinical social worker, Connie O’Marra, is an enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation and works to encourage trauma mastery, self-care and community healing through individual and community resilience. 

Jennifer Nanez, a tribal member of Acoma Pueblo, is a training and technical assistance coordinator with the Sahmsa tribal training and technical assistance program and has been in service for over 20 years, currently working to promote effective community engagement and clinical work in the American Indian community.  


Teresa Gomez, member of the Pueblo of Isleta, has advocated for Indigenous lives her whole career. She previously served as the Deputy Cabinet Secretary for the New Mexico Indian Affairs Department and currently is the program manager of Honoring Native Life at UNM’s Division of Community Behavioral Health. 


Suzanne Pearlman has a background working for Southwest Indigenous communities creating curricula relevant to mental health and equity. She has also developed evidence-based content for the National Council for Behavioral Health’s virtual, national training. Some of her trainings include “Understanding Infant Mental Health in New Mexico”, “Adult, Teen, and Youth Mental Health First Aid”, and “Understanding the Center of Excellence”