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Mental Wellness

Carving as Medicine, Grief and Loss,
Substance Challenges

At Tahoma Indian Center, our mission is to provide support and resources for individuals struggling with mental wellness, opioid addiction, processing grief and loss, and other mental health challenges. We understand that these issues can be difficult, but we are here to help you navigate through them. Our team of experienced professionals are dedicated to providing culturally-sensitive services for individuals of all ages and backgrounds.


Teen Mental Health First Aid

We understand that mental health challenges can be difficult for individuals to navigate alone. That's why the Tahoma Indian Center offers a comprehensive certification program for high school students interested in learning how to positively support their peers. Through this program, students learn to recognize the warning signs of mental health challenges and how to provide effective support to those in need and when to get help from trusted and knowledgeable adults. We believe that by empowering our young people, we can create a more compassionate and supportive community.

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Camp Rosey

In 2023, Tahoma Indian Center launched Camp Rosey, a culturally responsive trauma informed grief and loss healing program. 


Camp Rosey is named after a relative of the Tahoma Indian Center Executive Director, who saw a need to support Native youth in a community environment to heal and grieve. Rosey died in 2012, leaving behind a young child. 

Rosey was sunshine in the human form. When she entered a room the warmth from her presence was felt by all. It was rare that she didn’t have a smile on her face. She was the type of person who actually smiled while she talked. She had a sparkle in her eyes. It’s as if they too had a smile in them. She loved being amongst family and friends. She was a wonderful sister, cousin, auntie, mother, daughter and friend. Rosey had so much life in her. She was the type of person you just enjoyed being around. Her laugh was both feminine and extremely infectious. The kind that makes you stop and find out what was so funny that you missed. She was beyond helpful. She’d rarely have to be asked, she would just offer. If she could help make your day better, it in turn made hers better. Often folks never really live up to their name, but Rosey really did. Rosy means happiness and youth. She was all of that and then some. To have a Rosey day would mean that you aspired to make others happy and loved. So, when you enter Camp Rosey, we hope you feel love from the time you come in and have enough to take home with you.


Camp Rosey has two key components; a weekend healing camp during the summer for youth who are grieving the death or loss of a significant person in their lives and on-going support groups for youth and their families offered throughout the calendar year. Through the support of grants, Camp Rosey is offered at no cost. 


Camp Rosey uses culture, traditional medicine, and land-based activities to help children and families who are experiencing grief heal by sharing their story, learning they are not alone, memorializing their loved one(s). Activities are designed to help provide healing from trauma for those experiencing deep loss. In addition to these cultural traditions during camp, referrals to mental health professionals are also provided, giving access to ongoing support. The program ensures that youth have continuing opportunities to engage with their culture in their local community by providing warm handoffs to youths’ school Indian Education, the closest cultural center of individual Tribal Nations, and local youth non-profit groups.   


Theyou first Camp Rosey was held in June 2023 and included camp activities that combined grief education, information on essential coping skills, opportunities for relationship building between youth with shared experiences of grief, and emotional support—all blended with fun, traditional camp activities. The first camp included 26 campers supported by 24 staff and volunteers. The youth were BIPOC ages 7-17. Tahoma Indian Center had support from Native Wellness Institute’s LoVina LouieRobert UphamMelissa MeyerJames (Jim) Cubbage, Krysten Bailey, Rick Williams, and Dr. Margaret Johnston-Kitizawa .


Carving as Medicine

At Tahoma Indian Center, we are dedicated to preserving the traditions and culture of the indigenous people of our region. Our Master traditional carver, Rick Williams, is available three days a week to teach members of the community the art of carving and share his life experiences and wisdom. Carving is a therapeutic and relaxing process that allows one to focus and process their thoughts in an intentional and thoughtful manner. Join us at Tahoma Indian Center today to learn more.


Survivors of Suicide

A suicide survivor refers to someone who has experienced the loss of a loved one due to suicide. It includes friends and family members who are left behind to navigate the aftermath of such a tragic event. These individuals often face a unique set of challenges, including profound grief, guilt, confusion, and a range of complex emotions. Our program recognizes the significance of supporting suicide survivors, acknowledging their pain, and providing a space where they can share their experiences and find comfort among others who have gone through similar circumstances.

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