Equity lies at the root of our work advocating for improved care and access to the children's behavioral health system. Creating a better system of care for children in the Commonwealth must begin by addressing the inequalities in many of our systems. Poor communities and communities of color are more deeply impacted by a lack of universal access to behavioral health care resources and are harder hit during public health crises. Structural racism, hatred, and oppression infiltrate and pervade every aspect of the systems on which we are meant to rely.
Our unified commitment to safeguard the mental and emotional health and wellness of all children in Massachusetts requires us to not only acknowledge but confront racial injustice and economic disparity.
Campaign STATEMENT ON POLICE BRUTALITY JUNE 2020
The Children’s Mental Health Campaign (CMHC) grieves for George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and countless others who have lost their lives to police brutality. We stand with protesters and Black communities all over the country combatting the structural racism, hatred, and oppression that infiltrate every aspect of the systems on which we are meant to rely. [MORE]...
Local/State Level Organizations
- How do I talk to children about racial injustice?
- Sesame Street Racism Town Hall
- Zero to Three: Using Your Power as a Parent
- PBS: Helping Children With Tragic Events in the News
- USA Today: George Floyd. Ahmaud Arbery. Breonna Taylor. What do we tell our children?
- The Trevor Project: Supporting Black LGBTQ Youth Mental Health
- Embrace Race: 31 Children's books to support conversations on race, racism and resistance
- Resources for Starting and Deepening Anti-Racism Work
The COVID-19 outbreak is not impacting Massachusetts residents equally. Communities that are already facing marginalization are being hardest hit by the virus and its economic repercussions, starkly exposing inequities across Massachusetts and the nation. The people most impacted include low-wage workers, immigrants, non-English speakers, people who are housing insecure or experiencing homelessness, people with disabilities, people who are food insecure, and people who are incarcerated. [MORE]...
In March, 2020, the Children's Mental Health Campaign signed on as an endorsing organization. To learn more about the progress the Task Force has had in ensuring that equity is at the center of the state’s response to the COVID-19 crisis, click HERE. The Campaign has signed on to priorities that relate to children's well-being, most recently signing on to the Criteria for an Equitable Reopening in June, 2020. The Task Force stands against a statewide reopening that happens at the expense of any workers, particularly the low wage workers and Black and Latinx communities who have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19. An equitable reopening is directly related to greater child well-being.