Juneteenth: A Message from NAMI CEO Daniel H. Gillison Jr.

Dear Colleagues,
Juneteenth is an important time for each of us to stop and reflect on the work that has been done and the work that we must continue to do to achieve a truly just, equitable, and inclusive world. As you celebrate with your communities and seek further learning opportunities, we wanted to give a few updates to you about what we’re doing here at NAMI.

1. Black Mental Health Resources

We are happy to report the upcoming release of new Sharing Hope content for our NAMI Alliance partners. A special video series accompanied by custom facilitation guides for Black & African American community engagement on mental health will be available in July during Bebe Moore Campbell Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. Check out a sneak preview here: Sharing Hope Video Trailer

2. CEO Blog on Juneteenth

I have written a blog with some of my personal reflections on Juneteenth. Please view the blog here: Juneteenth: Freedom is a Work in Progress

3. Social Media

We will be sharing several posts about Juneteenth on our social media accounts (@NAMICommunicate). Be sure to follow and share our resources!                      

                → You can also follow me on Twitter at @DanGillison.
In light of Juneteenth, we hope you are able to take some moments to pause for celebration, education, and reflection on the progress we’ve obtained and have yet to fully realize. And we hope some of our resources here are helpful in that journey. For questions about the upcoming Sharing Hope video series and discussion guides, please contact Tanya Ryder at tryder@nami.org.
Best always,
NAMI CEO Daniel H. Gillison Jr.
More Juneteenth Resources:Celebrating Juneteenth – Learning for Justice
Juneteenth World Wide Celebration
Juneteenth | National Museum of African American History and Culture
Ask the Expert: The Importance of Juneteenth – Each Mind Matters
Juneteenth Fact Sheet – Congressional Research Service
Northwest MHTTC June 2020 Newsletter #2 (thedatabank.com)
Tool Kits & Education – BEAM
What is Juneteenth? – Young Women Empowered
Blackout Healing – Young Women Empowered
Information & Resources for Black Mental Health – NAMI

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