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NAMI’s Statement On Recent Racist Incidents and Mental Health Resources for African Americans

NAMI.org
5/29/2020

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) today released the following statement from CEO Daniel H. Gillison, Jr., regarding recent racist incidents across the country and their impact on mental health:

“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.

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In The News: NAMI of Clallam County

May 29, 2020

NAMI.org
5/29/2020

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) today released the following statement from CEO Daniel H. Gillison, Jr., regarding recent racist incidents across the country and their impact on mental health:

“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.

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    To anyone who showed up for our Board Meeting last month, my apologies. I tried to get the word out that we cancelled due to the ice and snow. The hospital also called and requested our room for staff who had to stay over. Thank you for your understanding.

    Our next Board Meeting will be February 20,2020, in the Wendel Room in the basement of the hospital. We meet from 5:30-7 pm. Our focus will to build our Board and recruit new teachers,

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    Mental Health By The Numbers

    Millions of Americans are affected by mental health conditions every year. Here are some facts about the prevalence and impact of mental illness.

    Children's Mental Health Facts Infographic Infographic Download the children and teen infographic. Download the mental health facts infographic. Download the multicultural mental health facts infographic. Prevalence Of Mental Illness
    • Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S.—43.8 million, or 18.5%—experiences mental illness in a given year.1 
    • Approximately 1 in 25 adults in the U.S.—9.8 million,
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    Know The Warning Signs

    Trying to tell the difference between what expected behaviors are and what might be the signs of a mental illness isn’t always easy. There’s no easy test that can let someone know if there is mental illness or if actions and thoughts might be typical behaviors of a person or the result of a physical illness.

    Each illness has its own symptoms, but common signs of mental illness in adults and adolescents can include the following:

    • Excessive worrying or fear
    • Feeling excessively sad or low
    • Confused thinking or problems concentrating and learning
    • Extreme mood changes,
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