NAMI Broward Stands in Solidarity with the Black Community Against Systemic Racism
We at NAMI Broward County are well-aware and deeply concerned with the ways that the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the economic recession, and civil unrest against institutional racism, have impacted the mental, physical, and financial well-being of our community and our nation. The longstanding issues of police brutality, social disparity, and systemic racism against black and brown Americans have been deeply interwoven into American society for far too long. We understand that these societal problems can be incredibly anxiety-inducing, for all people, but especially for people of color who suffer from mental illness.
That said, while America has continued to face these unprecedented and daunting challenges, there have also been seeds of hope beginning to sprout throughout the country. The recent stories about the killings of black and brown Americans by police officers have triggered massive amounts of people—from all backgrounds of life—to stand up in protest against institutional racism against black and brown Americans. Like the protesters around the country, who are fighting for the chance of a brighter tomorrow, NAMI Broward will continue to fight, with renewed vigor, in our mission to educate, advocate, listen and lead, in order to improve the lives of people with mental illness.
Sandra Cumper, Executive Director NAMI Broward County