Mental Health Partners (MHP) Honors Black, Indigenous People, and People of Color (BIPOC) Mental Health Month
For Immediate Release: July 29, 2020
Since July 2008, “Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month” has been observed to bring awareness to the unique struggles underrepresented groups face regarding mental health in the United States. Though the spirit of this month remains the same, Mental Health Partners (MHP) has joined other organizations in evolving our internal and external language from “minority” to “Black, Indigenous People, and People of Color (BIPOC)” when it comes to honoring this month and in conversations related to this diverse community.
This year, Mental Health Partners (MHP) recognized BIPOC Mental Health Month through our continued commitment to fostering positive mental wellbeing in the BIPOC community. We are honored to provide compassionate mental health and addiction recovery care to individuals and communities of color; are working to develop and support programs that address inequities resulting from race, ethnicity and color; partnering with community agencies who share our values of empathy, hope, and healing; and adding our voice to the collective as a sign of strength, unity, compassion, and empathy.
Additionally, we have turned our lens inward and taken tangible steps towards creating a more inclusive, diverse, and equitable organization. Our goal is to be more responsive to the needs of our communities, clients, and employees of color. Internally, this past month has been marked with powerful conversations related to equity, inclusion, and systemic racism. We respect this dialogue and progress and would like to share a few steps we have committed to taking during this ongoing journey:
- Creating multiple channels for staff to provide feedback on these topics
- Implementation of an Anti-Racism Policy by September 30, 2020
- Offering Organization-Wide Anti-Racism Training by December 31, 2020
- Becoming a corporate-level member of the Boulder County National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
- Reviewing our job descriptions to be more equitable
- Continuing our organization’s work with the Equity Project
We recognize there is no simple answer to the tragic cycle of violence and injustice that has been directed towards members of the BIPOC communities. However, we are hopeful our actions, and the actions of other individuals and organizations, will contribute to the national dialogue and long-lasting change.
Updates on these important topics will be posted on our website (www.mhpcolorado.org) and social media channels (Facebook @MentalHealthPartnersCO and Twitter: @MentalHealthCO). Additionally, community members can access confidential, in-person support, information, and referrals through immediate mental health services at the 24/7 Walk-in Crisis Center & Addiction Services. Call 1-844-493-TALK, text TALK to 38255 or go in-person to 3180 Airport Road, Boulder CO. To access other MHP clinical and supportive services, call (303) 443-8500.
Kristina Shaw, MHP Marketing Director and Public Information Officer firstname.lastname@example.org | 619-885-0191