The Association for Children’s Mental Health stands in solidarity with the families and communities of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and countless other black Americans who have died at the hands of police officers. We reject white supremacy, racism, and the suggestion that any individual or group has less value than another. We stand for equity, inclusion and justice. In support of our families, friends, and colleagues of color, ACMH will continue working to end institutional racism in all forms.
ACMH recognizes that the best way to change minds and policy is to empower individuals and families with information, resources and support and most importantly to truly listen to the expertise of those with lived experience. We will use this page to share information, resources and voices that we hope are useful as you work to help yourself, your family and/or your community better understand and take action against racism.
Information and Resources
Resources to Help Talk to Kids About Race, Racism and Social Justice
EmbraceRace is an organization dedicated to Raising a Generation of Children Who Are Thoughtful, Informed, and Brave About Race. Like ACMH, EmbraceRace was founded by two parents (one Black, the other multiracial Black/White) who set out to create the community and gather the resources they needed (need!) to meet the challenges they face raising children in a world where race matters. Since that time, EmbraceRace has grown into a multiracial community of parents, teachers, experts, and other caring adults who support each other to meet the challenges that race poses to our children, families, and communities.
EmbraceRace has worked to create a great collection of tools and resources you may find helpful, including:
- 16 ways to help children become thoughtful, informed, and BRAVE about race
- 10 tips for teaching and talking to kids about race
- 7 ways to support the young activists in your life!
How to Talk to Your Kids About Racism Video
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms takes questions along with CNN’s Van Jones and Erica Hill about how to combat racism, and shares a message with kids about how to make a change.
Raising Race Conscious Children Website has a lot of great resources including:
How to Explain Racism to a Child – in 5 steps from Wiki-How to Do Anything
Resources for Adults
Resources for Service Providers
Addressing the Mental Health Needs of Racial and Ethnic Minority Youth a guide for practitioners from the
APA Working Group for Addressing Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Youth Mental Health