“When I was first diagnosed with depression, I denied it,” Nilson said.
At first, Nilson felt labelled by needing to see a behavioral health specialist. Her doctor at Marimn Health helped her to understand why it would be good for her to get that help.
“There’s a stigma about it so you don’t even want to address the fact of behavioral issues,” Nilson said.
So many others face that same challenge, especially among native communities. Research suggested that native people are disproportionately burdened by mental health problems and other health issues.
In Plummer, there’s a place to get help. Marimn Health Center has been part of the North Idaho community for decades. The collaboration between the Tribe and the City of Plummer is believed to be the first joint venture in the United States between a tribe and city municipality to provide healthcare to residents for all reasons. The demand for services has been so great, the facility has expanded over the years into its current space, which is a 50,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility.
“With the help of Marimn Health, I was able to understand and become more aware of the issues that a person suffers from,” Nilson said.