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Earlier this month we witnessed a powerful moment: Derek Chauvin being found guilty on all counts for the murder of George Floyd. While the verdict gave many a sense of relief, the anxiety that preceded the court’s decision underscored the enormous fear and injustice that permeates Black and Brown communities across the country. Read more in the April 2021 newsletter.

A recent report by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) reminded us of our "why." In the report, DOJ found significant constitutional violations and chronicled findings from an investigation into treatment for prisoners under "mental health watch" in MA Department of Corrections (MDOC) facilities. Read the Feburary/March 2021 newsletter.

Racism and discrimination are still pervasive, putting persons of color at higher risk for mental health conditions and at highest risk for adverse outcomes. This is borne out and reflected in the disproportionate numbers of people who end up homeless or incarcerated as a result of behavioral health conditions. Read the December/January 2020-2021 newsletter

The death of Walter Wallace, Jr. last week in my hometown, Philadelphia, was yet another sad reminder that our current response to mental health crises are failing, with devastating and unacceptable consequences. Read the October/November 2020 newsletter.

The end of summer continues to inspire gratitude, loss, and hope. Gratitude for the hundreds of people who participated in MAMH's 107 Annual (and 1st Virtual) Friend & Leader event and the honorees who inspire and support us. A sense of great loss for all those who died as a result of the pandemic or discrimination - and also hope for the work ahead and the many partners who share our vision. Read the August/September 2020 newsletter.

The pandemic calls us to reflect on the disproportionate burden of COVID-19 on people who are Black, brown, older, poor, or disabled – and the ways in which our public response needs to acknowledge and address the intersection of these disparities. MAMH celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Mental Health Matters youth video winners are announced, and national models predict that deaths from suicide and overdose in MA will increase 12-60% in the first year after the pandemic. Read the June/July 2020 newsletter.

May as Mental Health Awareness Month has never felt so unsettled, or so urgently important, as it does this year. MAMH announces our new affiliation with Mental Health America (MHA), the U.S. House of Representatives passed the HEROES Act providing $1 trillion in needed relief, Network of Care Massachusetts hosts a COVID-19 Behavioral Health Information Hub, and more. Read the April/May 2020 newsletter.

Over the last two weeks, MAMH has been called on to share our expertise related to effective services and supports for people with mental health and substance use conditions, many of whom also have chronic illnesses and living conditions that increase their risk for contracting COVID-19. Read the March 2020 newsletter.

February has been an incredibly exciting month for all of us working to improve access to effective mental health services and choices in Massachusetts! Read the February 2020 newsletter.

MAMH continues to work with partners to combat pervasive racism and discrimination that puts persons of color at higher risk for mental health conditions and at highest risk for adverse outcomes. Read the January 2020 newsletter.

At MAMH, our actions are powered by our purpose: to advance mental health and well-being by promoting prevention, early intervention, effective treatment, and research to address social, emotional, and mental health challenges. Read the December 2019 newsletter.

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MAMH was the Massachusetts Outreach Partner for the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) from 2001-2019.

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