Far West Family Services EAP

Call 206-682-8149 or 1-800-398-3440

 

Civil Unrest and Black Lives Matter

 

As we reflect on the racial unrest of the past week, a few things come to mind. First, we are outraged by the ongoing tragic deaths of Black men and women in our society at the hands of irresponsible police officers and we grieve with the Black community and protesters around the country who want to see justice and real change. The emotional stress and trauma experienced in the Black community on a daily basis needs to become more of our societal conversation.

 

At Far West we’ve been preparing our counselors to better serve our clients of color through a racism informed therapy training, and to broaden our services we have recently added more counselors of color to our roster. We know there is a toll on the mental health of those dealing with the daily effects of racism, violence, trauma, micro-aggression, and  inequality. Our counselors are available to help deal with the stress and anxiety that result. Please call our office to set up tele-counseling services provided through your district benefits package. Our services are available over the summer months as well. Call 206-682-8149.

 

Below are a selection of resources on racism, white privilege and more. As we learn more about the impacts of white privilege, study the history of racial injustice and become more aware of the issues facing the black community, we can all step up together to remove barriers to equality and justice.

 

Please let us know other resources you would like to see posted. diana.nielsen@comcast.net.

 

Websites

 

Equal Justice Initiative https://eji.org/

 

Black Lives Matter https://blacklivesmatter.com/

 

Color of Change https://colorofchange.org/

 

Anguish and Action Forum presented by My Brother’s Keeper and Barack Obama

June 3, 2020

 

Articles

 

5 Black Mental Health Resources to Fight the Harmful Effects of Racism

Racism made me anxious and depressed, but this doesn't have to be the case forever.

By Taylyn Washington-Harmon, June 02, 2020

 

White America, if you want to know who’s responsible for racism, look in the mirror”

By Dahleen Glanton

Chicago Tribune. May 31, 2020

 

"4 Steps That I and Other White People Can Take to Fight Racism"

Christina Marie Noel, June 2, 2020

 

Through Our Eyes: Perspectives and Reflections From Black Teachers”

By Ashley Griffin and Hilary Tackie

 

Urban Teachers of Color Pushed Out: Why I Left the Classroom"

This educator explains why she left teaching—and some common reasons why so many other urban teachers of color leave too.

Jamilah Pitts January 7, 2019

 

Resources for talking to kids about race

 

BOOKS

 

How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X .Kendi

 

White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism, by Robin J. DiAngelo

 

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.  Also a major motion picture.

 

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo (local Seattle author)

 

Just Mercy, by Bryan Stevenson  story of black incarceration. Also a major motion picture.