NAMI CEO Statement on Racism
Greetings NAMI Colorado Supporters,
On May 29, 2020, NAMI released the following statement by the new NAMI CEO Daniel H. Gillison, Jr. NAMI Colorado is proud to stand by this message, and to renew our own commitment to these values:
“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.
While there is much we need to do to address racism in our country, we must not forget the importance of mental health as we do so. Racism is a public health crisis.
As the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization, it is our responsibility to serve all. While as an organization we are still early in our intentional Diversity, Equity and Inclusion journey and have much to do, we have renewed our commitment to our values. We continue to strive to deliver help and hope to all who need it."
“NAMI stands in solidarity with everyone impacted across the country. You are not alone."
NAMIWalks 2020 Colorado News
We at NAMI Colorado would like to sincerely thank everyone who made NAMIWalks Your Way a tremendous success on May 30th of this year. Despite restrictions imposed on us in the face of COVID19, we successfully raised 53% of our $180K goal! It certainly showed us how much people like you care, and how passionate Coloradans are overall when it comes to mental health conditions. We are honored by your wisdom and your foresight in appreciating just how important sound mental health has become, and why keeping NAMI Colorado alive and well during these difficult times is so crucial.
As a result, the NAMIWalks Your Way 2020 campaign has been extended until end of business on Friday, July 31, 2020. That means every single penny people contribute to NAMIWalks Colorado starting today, 6/16 and going forward will count towards our $180K goal. We are currently at $96,045 as of 6/16.
A big thanks goes out to everyone who has helped us raise both funds and awareness regarding the mental illness crisis here in Colorado so we can continue to take our NAMI Signature programs directly out into families, schools, hospitals, businesses, prisons, police departments, churches and perhaps even at your own company! We couldn’t do this without your help.
With warm regards,
Your NAMI Colorado Family