By Columbia River Mental Health Foundation Board
Black lives matter. As a foundation that supports equitable access to mental health services, the Columbia River Mental Health Foundation stands in support with Black Americans and Black people all over the world in asking for reform to worldwide systems that are inherently racist. We remember and honor the lives of Ahmaud Albert, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, David McAtee, Tony McDade, and the countless other victims of racist violence.
This is not a new movement, but one that has been long occurring in order to address centuries of racist behavior and racist policies. Racism is a public health crisis, one that has created a healthcare system that is not only disproportionately discriminatory towards Black people, Indigenous people, and People of Color, but increases the rates at which Black Americans deal with mental health issues. As a mental health organization, it is our responsibility to ensure we are providing the space and care for Black Americans to deal with a system created to harm them.
The Columbia River Mental Health Foundation will continue to stand with Black Americans, and we encourage our supporters to do so as well. Below we have listed some important resources, both for accessing mental health support and for learning about how to make systemic change regarding racism.
Mental Health Resources: