The Urban Mental Health Alliance (UMHA) is a grassroots community-based nonprofit that advocates for the mental health and wellness of urban families and communities. We seek to break the generational cycle of addiction and mental health challenges through advocacy, education, hope and community support. Our mission is to empower individuals and families in urban communities with addiction and mental health awareness and recovery knowledge through advocacy, education, hope and community support.  And our vision is that
every individual and family in urban communities will be able to advocate for addiction and mental health awareness and recovery for themselves and their loved ones without stigma, shame, fear or humiliation.

Consider this: A major political candidate repeatedly makes sweeping generalizations about the ethnicity, culture and religion of marginalized communities often stirring tensions, divisions and potential violence in communities across the country.  A young man is shot and killed by a local police officer. Graphic images and sounds of both the shooting and the deceased’s body play in rotation on television and radio news outlets for weeks. Public funding for women’s health clinics in impoverished communities are eliminated without replacement options.

Race, Politics and Trauma: A Discourse on Urban Mental Health is a 12-part series that explores various social, political, and governmental infrastructures and how institutional and organizational policies and practices affect the mental and emotional state of marginalized communities. Discussion topics vary and may include:

  • Caring For ourselves and our loved ones in turbulence times
  • Community and Law Enforcement relations
  • Engaing in Local Government
  • Public Assistance
  • Race and Education
  • Responding to political trauma
  • Disparity in media images
  • Civic Engagement
  • What Constitutes Entertainment?
  • Young Men of Color

Each month an article will be published through our e-newsletter and will include suggested points of discussion. Our first article in the Race, Politics and Trauma series is entitled, What Would Chappelle Say?: Your message of unification by “moving on” is not healing, it is harmful., written by UMHA Board member Terrell Johnson.

Your insightful feedback is relevant and important and we invite you to be engaged in the online discussions. Ultimately, the topic with the most interest and engagement will be followed by a community round table open to the public.

If you have topic suggestions or you would like to be a volunteer writer, please contact the Urban Mental Health Alliance at at or call Executive Director Kimme Carlos at 609-610-7603.

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