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 few months, 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. Your EAP sessions roll over on September 1. 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.




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




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




My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending our Hearts and Bodies by Resmaa Menakem


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.