Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington School of Medicine, P.O. Box 359300, Seattle, WA 98195, USA. email@example.com
After first discussing historical, community and epidemiologic perspectives pertaining to mental health problems of Indigenous youth and families, this article reviews available research data on behavioral and mental health interventions and the roles that Native and Indigenous research programs are serving. Given the legacy of transgenerational trauma experienced by Indigenous peoples, community-based research and treatment methods are essential for solving these problems. The primary care provider stands in a unique position within the community to offer a "coinvestigator spirit" to youth and families in the pursuit of improving behavioral health. Strategies are presented for using the research literature, and collaborating with communities and families to help solve behavioral and mental health problems.