Employee Wellness

Calm’s Mental Health Resources for Native American Employees

We're excited to share curated Calm resources that feature Native American cultures and provide mental health support for Native American employees.

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The Calm Team

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More than 570 recognized Native American tribes populate the US today, representing nearly 7 million people. National Native American Heritage Month is a time to honor their diverse cultures, histories, and immeasurable contributions to our country. It’s also an opportunity to recognize the health inequities they face today, including disproportionately higher rates of mental health challenges than the rest of the general population.

Close to one million Native Americans in the US have experienced a mental illness. They’re 2.5 times more likely than others to have serious psychological distress. And mental health treatment and resources are less accessible to many Native American communities. By taking a preventive approach as an employer, you’re contributing to a more equitable environment for your Native American employees and their families and helping them receive mental health support. 

Calm resources to support Native American employees

Here’s a curated selection of Calm resources that features sleep stories and music from Native American mindfulness experts and artists. We’ve also added content from other popular experts on Calm, so your Native American employees can access daily mental health support anytime, anywhere. 

  1. Dreams of He Sapa
    Let the spirit of Lakota wisdom guide you through the South Dakota prairie as you drift off to sleep. Dreams of He Sapa is narrated by Lakota Irish actor Zahn McClarnon and developed in collaboration with his mother. The music was composed by Robert Tree Cody of Dakota and Maricopa heritage and performed by Tiana Spotted Thunder, a Lakota recording artist. 
  2. Visiting Old Friends
    In Visiting Old Friends, comedy writer Sierra Teller Ornelas helps you drift off to sleep as she takes you on her personal journey through her mother’s artistry as a sixth-generation Master Navajo Tapestry Weaver.
  3. Night Chants – Native American Flute Music
    With this one-hour album of 10 soundtracks, experience the evocative sound of Native American music. The Night Chants album was recorded by R. Carlos Nakai, a Navajo-Ute musician who is considered the premier player of the Native American cedar flute. The album was created in collaboration with Canyon Records of Phoenix, Arizona, a producer and distributor of Native American music. It’s one of the oldest independent record labels in the music industry as well as one of the oldest cultural institutions in the state of Arizona. Nakai has recorded over 30 albums with Canyon Records, including two certified gold and Canyon Trilogy, certified platinum.
  4. Daily Jay Series
    Hosted by purpose coach and former monk Jay Shetty, The Daily Jay Series helps listeners elevate mental health as part of their self-care routine. In his brief daily sessions, listeners can retreat to their inner sanctuary, create positive intentions, and take actionable steps toward living their ideal life.
  5. Emotions Series
    The Emotions series is hosted by Tamara Levitt, Head of Mindfulness at Calm. She helps listeners regulate strong emotions, such as anxiety, anger, and grief. In each session, all lasting less than 13 minutes, listeners will be able to pause, heal, and manage their strong emotions through a guided meditation practice.
  6. Daily Move Series
    The Daily Move series, guided by yoga and mindfulness instructor Mel Mah, is a great way to reconnect with your body and reduce stress. Her movement sessions are appropriate for all levels and can be easily integrated into your daily routine. 

Supporting Native American employees beyond this month

This November and beyond, we encourage you to take some time to learn more about the diverse cultures, traditions, challenges, and achievements of Native American peoples throughout history. Their experiences are integral to our country’s heritage and who we are today. By embracing their stories and contributions, we build collective understanding and pave the way for a more inclusive world.

For more information on how Calm Business can provide mental health benefits to support your Native American employees, contact a Calm specialist today

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