Black mental health matters: Culturally relevant resources are available in King County

The direct effects of increased exposure to violence, police brutality, and systemic racism placed on the Black Community, and a pandemic that has disproportionately affected communities of color here in King County, continues to be a concern for Black Children and Families. Culturally relevant help is available locally and online. Partners across King County have worked to develop a list of emotional well-being resources below, including events, spaces for community and healing, online resources, and culturally relevant mental health professionals.

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Leading with Racial Justice in King County

On June 11, 2020, King County Executive, Dow Constantine, and Public Health Director, Patty Hayes, declared racism is a public health crisis. Since the declaration, in partnership with system advocates, community members, and public servants throughout King County government, Executive Constantine put together a package of proposals that reforms the criminal legal system, and funds ongoing work to confront racism as a public health crisis.

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Recognizing and Celebrating juneteenth

Our public health department hasn’t observed Juneteenth in the past as we should, and that will change. Going forward, we will be more intentional about the ways in which we center Black voices and honor the history that’s shaped where we are today.

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Reduce Your COVID-19 Risk While Protesting

We urge all people protesting against racial injustice to take steps to stay healthy and avoid bringing COVID-19 home with them. We need to keep each other healthy now and get to a more just future for everyone.Here are a few tips for before, during, and after protests to reduce risk of COVID-19 for yourself and others:

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