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Because the focus of NAMI SD/IC is making mental health okay to talk about, we express our sincere support for Simone Biles in the decision to withdraw from the Olympic games to safeguard her own mental wellness. This decision was made on the largest athletic stage in the world, and it is our hope that her brave actions and advocacy will set a new precedent in sports—one where mental health is protected, promoted and respected.

Apr 20 2021

NAMI San Diego is supportive and in agreement with the following statement released by NAMI:

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) today released the following statement from CEO Daniel H. Gillison Jr., on the verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin:

“The murder of George Floyd last May in Minneapolis – and the continued killing of Black and other people of color by law enforcement – has had a profound impact on the mental health of our communities. The effects of trauma and re-traumatization are real, and it’s time we stop pretending the exposure to continued violence and death does not affect individuals and communities as a whole. As we have said before, racism is a public health crisis.

Today’s verdict is historic. Unlike in so many other cases of racial violence, justice has been served. This is a victory, but the fight for racial justice and against systemic racial violence is not over.

At NAMI, we are committed to providing hope and help to all who are in need. If you are looking for information and mental health resources or want to learn more about the impact of culture and identity on our mental health, please visit

You are not alone.

A Message from NAMI San Diego to Our Community

With over 220,000 lives lost to a pandemic that has permeated our daily existence in one way or another, things have changed drastically in the world. Yet, in other ways, things have stayed the same, and not in a good way.

When it comes to racism and racial trauma inflicted on the African American/Black community in this country, it feels that we have not moved at all. Racism bled through our nation for centuries and, though we may have made progress on some fronts, it is still not enough. That is evident in the recent killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, and of many others we haven’t heard of whose stories are just as important.

Where there is no culture of honor for one another, there is no hope. At NAMI San Diego, our goal is to instill hope through our mission of Support, Education and Advocacy. And the work of this mission is needed perhaps now more than ever before.

We stand with the cause. We have always worked to be a voice for those who are suffering and misunderstood. Today, we continue that work with renewed fervor. We believe recovery is possible; we must also believe that for our nation and work to make it happen.

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