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Trusted Adults

Respect for Self, Elders, and Others

-Southeast Traditional Tribal Value

Many Native communities consider an “elder” someone who is older than you. For example, if you have an older brother or sister, they would be your elder! Trusted adults play a very important role in the life a young person. They are there to listen if you need someone to talk to, can give you advice if you are dealing with things like relationships, school, social pressures, and just about anything. Sometimes you might hear an elder say, “don’t do this…” It is not easy to listen to the advise of someone “pointing the finger” at you. However, elders care a lot about the future generations and leadership, which is YOU(th). Maybe they have learned something in life the hard way and want to save you from these hardships, too. 

Elder Knowledge – by ANTHC

Making a Difference

Young Alaskans that have three or more supportive adults are more likely to graduate high school. They are also more likely to avoid risky sexual activity (for example, limiting sexual partners, using condoms during sex, or choosing not having sex at all). They are less likely to misuse drugs (like binge drink or misuse prescription pain medicine) and be involved in less violence. Having a trusted adult to reach out to when you are in need of help can make a huge difference in one’s life.

Supportive adults can be found at school, at home, in or out of school time, in communities and other spaces where supportive adults live work and play (like after school programs).

Resources from caring, non-judgmental adults and organizations 

In Alaska:

  • Ask Nurse Lisa
  • CARELINE: 1-877-266-4357
  • Mental Health Emergency Counseling: 907-563-3200

Nationwide resources:

Get Help

For general resources about relationships, sex, wellness and more, please do a search on the Get Answers page.

Are you in immediate danger?

Call 911 or your local police. If not in an immediate threat, please view resources on the Get Care page.