Chikasha Anokfili provides mental health support to Chickasaw families

Chikasha Anokfilli (Thinking Chickasaw) is a publicly available mental health initiative that explores what it means to think Chickasaw. Chikasha Anokfili provides resources to support and promote mental health and wellbeing.

The holidays can be a difficult time for many. It is a time to raise awareness of mental health, provide assistance, educate the public and advocate for policies that benefit people with mental illness and their families.

Chikasha Anokfilli provides a practical and educational way to join the mental health movement.

Mental wellbeing is a priority for the Chickasaw Nation. Being mentally strong and healthy, according to Governor Bill Anoatubby, allows us to do our best. It allows us to “think chickasaw”.

As part of the initiative – through a series of panel discussions, presentations and activities – industry experts demonstrate how to lead a healthier life while focusing on balance and strength.

Panel discussions, presentations and activities by psychologists are important parts of Chikasha Anokfili. They cover a wide range of topics including trauma and grief, suicide awareness and prevention, and financial and cultural health.

Mental health affects our personal and professional lives, our relationships, and our ability to function as successful individuals and members of the community. Chikasha Anokfili provides resources and support for our communities to prioritize spiritual wellbeing.

Chikasha Anokfilli material is available for free on the Connecting our Community website at This site serves as a portal through which the Chickasaw Nation offers new ways to connect and keep up to date.

A number of Chikasha Anokfilli lessons are offered under the Fitness & Wellness tab of Connecting our Community on Videos are also available at and

Chikasha Anokfilli is an ongoing initiative of the Chickasaw Nation. The program will continue to produce educational materials and videos to support healthy mental wellbeing with staff and the community.

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