NAMI Glendale stands with Black Americans and other communities of color throughout Los Angeles demanding justice for the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery.
Systemic racism is a source of tremendous mental duress, and NAMI Glendale is saddened, pained, and angered at not only recent examples of excessive policing practices but also the emotional toll they cause for Black men and women and other people of color. Combined with the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on all communities of color, as well as longstanding disparities in access to mental health services in these same communities, the need to deconstruct these systems of inequality becomes a moral imperative.
NAMI Glendale recognizes that racism is a public health crisis, and we are committed to combating institutional and structural barriers related to mental health through our organization’s partnerships with the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health and other local mental health agencies and organizations; advocacy to elected officials at the local, state, and federal levels; and Crisis Intervention Trainings delivered to local law enforcement agencies.
On an individual level, NAMI Glendale invites all Black Americans and other people of color to attend our virtual support groups, where you can find a safe space to discuss your experiences and the emotional burdens they create. We also encourage Black Americans concerned about their own mental health and/or the mental health of someone they love to consult NAMI’s Sharing Hope: An African American Guide to Mental Health, as well as a list of national mental health resources specifically for Black Americans and other people of color found here.
We see you, we support you, we love you, and we will continue to fight for Los Angeles to become the inclusive place we all know it can be.