Active Minds firmly condemns racism and the racist systems that create and perpetuate the oppression of black people and other marginalized communities. Systemic racism is a mental health and public health crisis, linked with depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress, among other negative impacts.
We stand with those who are uplifting their communities, using their voices, and exercising their rights to change these unjust systems.
The ongoing violence against black individuals and communities highlighted in recent weeks evokes feelings of anger, fury, anxiety, fear, grief, and helplessness. These feelings are valid and important to address. We also recognize the mental health toll is not the same for everyone. The black community needs space to process and grieve these incidents, in addition to pandemic-related trauma and injustices. If you are struggling for any reason, please contact the Crisis Text Line by texting “BRAVE” to 741-741, or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
We encourage you to follow our partners at The Steve Fund, Each Mind Matters, and the Healthy Minds Network, all of whom are leading efforts in mental health equity. Advocates, educators, parents, young adults, and all humans should find means to advocate for justice and equal opportunities for health.
An emotionally healthy world is not possible without a just world. And as we work to change the world, let’s not forget to take care of ourselves and each other. This is a tumultuous time and we will continue to be here for you, the Active Minds community, and beyond. The world needs you here.