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July 28, 2020

    Dear NAMI Orange County Members and Friends of NAMI Orange,

    There is a stain upon the soul of our country. It has been there from our beginning and its continuous damage is brought into sharp relief during these chaotic times. The disproportionate toll of disease on Black and Brown communities; an unjust criminal justice system; the inequalities of access to social services, health care, quality schools, home ownership and work opportunity; this stain infects our families and communities.

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    From nami.org 5/29/2020

    The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) today released the following statement from CEO Daniel H. Gillison, Jr., regarding recent racist incidents across the country and their impact on mental health:

    “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.

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    NAMI.org has the latest information from the CDC, as well as some tips for keeping yourself safe and healthy. Likewise, based on common questions and concerns we’ve been hearing from you, the NAMI HelpLine has prepared an in-depth guide with tips and resources for people who are experiencing anxiety, loneliness and other hardships due to the spread of the Coronavirus. Please take a look and share it with anyone who might be struggling or have questions about managing a mental health condition during this time.

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    On Thursday, February 6, NAMI Orange County Board members Barb and Tom Maier attended a powerful gathering of mental health advocates brought together and hosted by The Kennedy Forum* in the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C.

    To “attend” the event yourself via YouTube CLICK HERE

    Presenters focused on the broken mental healthcare system, with much of the discussion highlighting the woefully inadequate enforcement of existing mental health care parity laws.

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