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The Fayetteville-based George Floyd Memorial Foundation launches mental health initiatives

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FAYETTEVILLE, NC (WNCN) — It has been almost two years since George Floyd was killed in police custody.

“We’ve spent every single moment since his death fighting to ensure that no other family has to go through the pain that the Floyd family is going through,” said Jacari Harris.

Now Harris, the executive director of the George Floyd Memorial Foundation, said the Fayetteville-based organization is taking the fight to the mental health arena.

They want to help ease the trauma of police brutality and other violence against people of color.

“Nowadays you can just scroll and hope to see something beautiful and you see all these deaths and it causes trauma. We want to prevent that here in the foundation. We want to make sure we’re providing resources and tools,” Harris explained.

The foundation is launching a new mental health program focused on improving the mental health of African Americans.

“[We are] ensuring our vendors are competent and have the resources to be successful,” Harris said.

“We work with MTV, Color of Change, Black Health and so many other organizations on the training and educational component of our mental health program. There are different phases and we are currently in the formation phase. Teaching people that it’s not always about the trauma, it’s about how we can heal too,” Harris added.

The foundation also works with Dr. Calisha Brooks, an Ohio psychologist, to eventually provide a series of grants to black men and women seeking therapy.

She will train mental health providers to understand the issues faced by people of color.

https://www.cbs17.com/news/local-news/cumberland-county-news/george-floyd-memorial-foundation-launches-mental-health-initiatives/ The Fayetteville-based George Floyd Memorial Foundation launches mental health initiatives

DUSTIN JONES

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