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Thoughts Regarding the Jason Stockley Verdict – 9/19/17
Since last Friday when the not guilty verdict was announced in the first-degree murder case of Jason Stockley for the shooting death of Anthony Lamar Smith, St. Louis has been in turmoil. I suspect there is not a person in our city that has not been affected by recent events in some way—though they have experienced them differently.
Following so closely on the heels of the Michael Brown killing and its aftermath in Ferguson, this verdict has, not surprisingly, re-stimulated emotional wounds. For many, it is a sense of hopelessness—that justice “is not for me.” For others, it is disappointment or anger. But we all share a fear of personal vulnerability. In this environment, it can be hard to see each other simply as human beings, deserving of dignity and respect. How do we avoid stereotyping and making generalizations about each other? How do we recognize and respond to the inherent worth and dignity of every person?
It is important that all members of our community feel valued and respected. These are essential components of emotional well-being, which is the one of the main reasons for the existence of the St. Louis Mental Health Board (MHB) and its support of local entities that provide much needed services to the residents of St. Louis City.
MHB distributes city tax revenue to non-profit organizations that address the mental health and well-being of our residents to build an equitable, thriving community. For these reasons, we want to ensure that individuals who may be in distress now, or at any time, are aware of the programs and services that are available to them. These programs are listed HERE.
St. Louis Mental Health Board
The St. Louis Region of the System of Care (an MHB funded initiative) has a new website! www.systemofcarestl.org Check out their website for information on an exciting project for St. Louis City and St. Louis County youth to recognize Children’s Mental Health Awareness!