Angie Haag, LADC, LPCC
Secretary of the MnCA board of directors
June 1, 2020
The MnCA board of directors would like to thank all of you for your communication regarding the current racial inequalities revolution happening in Minnesota. As a board, we have been working hard to determine how we can best support not only our community of mental health providers, but the entire MN community.
Its difficult to ignore the impact and importance of mental health care when looking at the current racial inequalities movement. There is an opportunity for all of us, as helpers and healers to make a real difference in this state.
The MnCA Board of Directors would like to hear from you. We stand firmly with our community, our POC friends, and George Floyd. We believe that as a community of Mental Health care professionals, we can best honor his life by advocating for and acting in the advancement of eliminating systemic racism. In an effort to best combat the persistent and ongoing inequalities within the Mental Health system in Minnesota, we would like to first listen, and then act.
If you are a Mental Healthcare professional who specializes in racial inequalities, who works with a marginalized community, and/or who has experienced systemic racism within the Mental Health field personally - MnCA is asking for your expertise and guidance.
Please email email@example.com answers to the following 3 questions
1. How can therapists in Minnesota best work to stop systemic racism in the Mental Health field?
2. How would you like to see MnCA show up in order to support MN therapists in the fight against racism?
3. How can Mental Health communities in states outside of Minnesota best support us here?
Pass this message along and remember to keep responses HIPAA compliant.
Additionally, please join MnCA for an ACA led townhall on Juneteeth (Friday, June 19th) to discuss how we can best fight racial inequalities in the mental health field. See more information on the ACAs upcoming events here:
Please also consider the following resources for more information regarding the intersection of racial inequalities and mental healthcare:
Websites and articles:
• "Unlocking US- How to be an Anti-racist" by Brene from with Ibram X. Kendi
• "Justice in America" by Josie Duffy Rice
• Code Switch by NPR, episode "A Decade Of Watching Black People Die"
• "The United States of Anxiety" with Kia Wright
• "About Race" with Reni Eddo-Lodge
• "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration In The Age of Colorblindness" by Michelle Alexander
• "So You Want to Talk About Race" by Ijeoma Oluo
• "White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism" by Robin DiAngelo
• "The Ethnic Project: Transforming Racial Fiction into Ethnic Factions" by Vilna Bashi Treitler
• "White Rage; the Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide" by Carol Anderson
• "How to be an anti-racist" - Ibram X. Kendi
• "Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight against Medical Discrimination" by Alondra Nelson
As the Minnesota branch of the American Counseling Assocation, the MnCA board of directors intends to continue to work to ensure that all Minnesota LPC/LPCCs have a voice. We will continue to work hard to support, advocate, and educate with that in mind.
Change starts here - with each of us, together.
MnCA Board of Directors