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The Jed Foundation Stands Against Racism

June 1, 2020

JED Community,

It’s been a devastating time for too many communities grieving in the wake of violence.

The Jed Foundation strongly condemns racism, xenophobia, systemic injustice, and police brutality and recognizes these as detrimental to mental health. As people across the nation and the world respond to the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, and other victims of violence and racism, we know that these events are incredibly distressing, especially for black members of our community.

We know that grief, anxiety, anger, fear, uncertainty, and hopelessness are heightened and completely reasonable right now as people simultaneously grapple with the impact of COVID-19, including the way that it has disproportionately impacted communities of color. Watching the news coverage and politicized arguments about possible solutions can be overwhelming.

It’s okay to acknowledge the pain that we’re feeling, disconnect, and take time to help ourselves and the people around us. To be effective advocates for change, we have to stay strong and be proactive about our emotional health. We are working to provide resources and support that can help us take care of ourselves and each other.

Feeling safe and knowing that our friends, family, and community members are safe, are essential to maintain our mental health. If you feel anxious, overwhelmed, or unsafe, here are some things you can do:

  • Text START to 741-741 or call 1-800-273-TALK (8253) for a confidential conversation anytime.
  • Check out our tips for taking care of ourselves and others during difficult times.
  • Visit the JED’s Love is Louder Action Center.
  • Visit our partners at Color of Change and The Steve Fund for more ways to get involved and use your time, voice, and resources to take a stand against discrimination, racism, and the senseless violence devastating communities across our country.

We stand together to promote unity, inclusion, and safety for all. Together we can help each other navigate this difficult period in healthy ways, and remind each other that we are not alone. To create structural and lasting change we need to take action. This is not about weathering the moment, it is about improving the future for all.

In solidarity,
The Jed Foundation

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The World Health Organization defines “mental health” “as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.” In using this definition, S2i recognizes that some mental health challenges reflect brain diseases that, like physical diseases, require appropriate stigma-free and patient-centered care and include both mental health and substance use disorders. Other mental health challenges stem from social conditions and marginalization and require different forms of interventions.