CMMHC stands in solidarity with our communities which are hurting.
The horrible death of George Floyd while in police custody, and the ensuing unrest in our hearts, minds, families and communities, is top of mind for all of us right now.
In the mental health world, we know that the overwhelming majority of the people we serve have trauma in their backgrounds. Every day, we join them in their recovery journeys, and we see how contemporary events can reignite the pain of their trauma. Our black brothers and sisters have been experiencing trauma every day for centuries. It’s not just George; its Ahmaud, Philando, Jordan, Breonna and countless others whose deaths drive our collective anguish.
It’s also not just about the police. It’s about all of us. Imagine what it must be like to walk into a store and experience the indignity of being followed for no other reason than the color of your skin; to have someone walking toward you and change direction or cross the street rather than come near you. Ordinary things we all do every day can be fraught with covert and overt racism for people of color.
CMMHC’s Mission, Vision and Values are carefully chosen to best express what we believe in and value most about who we are, what we do, and who we serve. Those values are of equal importance, yet one – inclusion – now takes center stage.
The traumatic reality of systemic racism and discrimination is present in our daily lives and has reared up to look us square in the eye. We must have the courage to not look away.
CMMHC recognizes the impact racial injustice and inequity has on the health of our community, and we will do our part to combat the roots of these problems. We implore all of us to accept the call when asked and do your part to help heal and make our communities safe and accepting for everyone.
Dr. Richard Lee