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MHB Statement on Racial Injustice

The Saint Louis Mental Health Board (MHB) was originally created by a vote of the residents of the City of St. Louis who recognized the need for more mental health services in the City. That unique beginning was the first step in a legacy of partnership with City residents to make available services that address their emotional well-being.

Over the years we have worked to stay close to our community by:
• Ensuring that consumers have always been members of the Board of Trustees
• Recruitment of a diverse group of Trustees representing different parts of the City
• Conducting regular needs assessments to determine funding priorities
• Designing a grant selection process that is fair and transparent
• Holding ourselves and funded agencies accountable for the results achieved by the individuals participating in programs
• Engaging City residents in the grant selection process

However, we know there is much more to do. Recent events of racial injustice have amplified emotions from across the spectrum. Some are feeling hopeless at continued prejudices and tragedies, while others are feeling inspired to change and progress. We see this as a critical moment in history, in which, to quote Martin Luther King, Jr., “Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.”

We strongly condemn racism, systemic injustice and police brutality. Because of our legacy of partnership, we will work to listen to and understand the public grief, anger and pain with entrenched racial inequity in our society. We will stand alongside all who have been affected by injustice and are committed to fostering a culture of health and well-being and to taking the positive actions necessary to finally realize the vision of an equitable, thriving community.