To All of Our NAMI St. Louis Friends and Supporters,
Our hearts go out to the family, friends and community of George Floyd. This tragedy adds to the trauma being experienced by the African American community and we join many others in calling for justice and respect for humanity.
We at NAMI St. Louis support NAMI CEO Daniel H. Gillison Jr.’s statement, “The effect of racism and racial trauma on mental health is real and 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.
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.” (full statement here).
For a list of local community resources, click here. You can also always get in touch with us directly by calling our Helpline (314-962-4670) or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NAMI St. Louis Staff