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Shruti Gurudanti promotes indigenous mental health through Televëda's Hero's Story Project

Shared by Gemma Tria on 2024-07-04 11:41

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Televëda is a dedicated initiative aiming to reduce social isolation and promote community healing, particularly among American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) veterans and Tribal communities. Their project, Hero’s Story, focuses on accessible traditional healing practices to foster connection and support mental health.

Televëda comprises a diverse team that includes first-generation and multi-generational immigrants, Indigenous peoples, and individuals from various cultural backgrounds. They have established robust partnerships with numerous Tribal communities, including Navajo Nation, Hopi, Lakota, Pascua Yaqui, and Tohono O’odham, ensuring their work is community-led and prioritizes the needs of these communities.

The Hero’s Story project aims to launch the first Indigenous, community-based platform that provides culturally-appropriate mental health interventions and resources. This project is deeply rooted in traditional healing practices, such as storytelling and talking circles, which are integral for community healing and trauma recovery. By incorporating these methods, Televëda aims to respect and support the cultural heritage of AI/AN communities.

For more information: https://www.televeda.com/heros-story-project

A significant challenge addressed by Televëda is the digital divide. Many Tribal communities lack adequate internet access, which inhibits their ability to receive timely and effective healthcare. Televëda actively works to improve digital infrastructure on Tribal lands, offering digital literacy training and providing access to devices. This effort ensures that care can be delivered where it is most needed.

Televëda’s approach combines traditional methods with modern mental health practices. By integrating evidence-based interventions like peer support, group therapy, and narrative medicine, they establish a culturally-sensitive framework tailored to the unique needs of AI/AN communities. This comprehensive approach not only preserves traditional practices but also incorporates proven modern techniques to enhance overall well-being.

Recognizing that a significant portion of AI/AN veterans do not utilize Veterans Affairs mental health services, and that many residents of rural Tribal communities face substantial barriers to accessing healthcare, Televëda is committed to bridging these gaps.

Their focus on increasing digital inclusion and providing culturally-sensitive care supports holistic health and well-being for these communities.

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Shruti Gurudanti, co-founder of Televëda, was motivated by her grandfather's struggle with chronic health conditions and loneliness. Recognizing the profound impact of social isolation, especially on older adults and those with disabilities, she established Televëda to foster community connections and combat loneliness. Shruti's mission is to enhance physical, mental, and social well-being by creating inclusive and welcoming communities through increased social interaction and support.

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