Happy Bebe Moore Campbell Minority Mental Health Awareness Month! All kids deserve kind, safe, welcoming places to grow.

A response to Charlottesville

Washburn Center for Children is deeply saddened, appalled and outraged by the violence, bigotry and hate displayed by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia this weekend. Our thoughts and support go out to those who boldly and peacefully stood up for equality amidst the hatred, brutality and traumatic events. Our thoughts are especially with Heather Heyer who lost her life and 19 others who were injured.

Washburn Center condemns the acts of hatred and domestic terrorism that took place in Charlottesville this weekend.  It is the most recent example of our country’s long, disturbing history of white supremacist ideology, violence and oppression.

As an organization that strives to promote an inclusive community and foster a supportive, respectful culture for all families and staff, we are committed to social justice. We believe our collective strength comes from our diversity, and we value a culture that upholds the well-being, mental health and equality of every person. We recognize that while white supremacy has no place in our country, racism and whiteness continue to have effects on our community and our profession, and these effects deserve our attention.

We believe it’s important to make this statement because we know the events in Charlottesville have a real and deep impact on our staff, our clients and our Twin Cities community.  From the child who fears this hatred-filled violence might happen in their neighborhood, to the therapist who helps families process feelings around these events, these horrific acts have long-term impact on the well-being, mental health and safety of our community.

In support of individuals and families, we offer these resources to help process this tragedy:

Talking to Children About Community Violence

Tips from The National Child Traumatic Stress Network 

In the coming weeks, we will share more reflections and resources.  And in the coming months, we will continue planning with the Stanton Adams Diversity Institute to host a series of free community racial equity dialogues beginning in early 2018.