In the wake of the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, NAMI CEO Daniel H. Gillison Jr. issued the following statement:
“The effect of racism and racial trauma on mental health is real and cannot be ignored. The disparity in access to mental health care in communities of color cannot be ignored. The inequality and lack of cultural competency in mental health treatment cannot be ignored.
“Our nation’s African American community is going through an extremely painful experience, pain that has been inflicted upon this community repeatedly throughout history and is magnified by mass media and repeated deaths. We stand with all the families, friends and communities who have lost loved ones senselessly due to racism. And, with more than 100,000 lives lost to the coronavirus pandemic — disproportionately from minority communities — these recent deaths add gasoline to the fire of injustice.
“While there is much we need to do to address racism in our country, we must not forget the importance of mental health as we do so. Racism is a public health crisis.
"Racism is a public health crisis."
“As the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization, it is our responsibility to serve all. While as an organization we are still early in our intentional Diversity, Equity and Inclusion journey and have much to do, we have renewed our commitment to our values. We continue to strive to deliver help and hope to all who need it.
“NAMI stands in solidarity with everyone impacted across the country. You are not alone.”
In the Pikes Peak region, we encourage anyone dealing with mental wellness challenges related to the anger and upheaval of this moment to contact our office at 719.473.8477. Beyond NAMI's own programmatic offerings, we can provide referrals to culturally competent mental health professionals in the area. As Dan said above, you are not alone.
6/4/2020 08:35:45 pm
Thank you for this statement from national, it means a lot to see solidarity in NAMI on this issue. NAMI struggles deeply with ethnic inclusion and many of our efforts to be a diverse organization that represents and serves black and brown people have been in vain. We need to step up to offer our resources to ethnic minorities and to above all listen to their concerns about mental health today. I can testify to the difficulty of this challenge, but it is time to insist on inclusion at every NAMI affiliate and do what is necessary to make these changes.
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