FAYETTEVILLE, NC (WNCN)-It has been nearly two years since George Floyd was killed while in police custody.
“We’ve spent every moment since his life was taken to fight to make sure no other family can endure the pain the Floyd family has to endure,” Jacari Harris said.
Today, Harris, executive director of the George Floyd Memorial Foundation, said the Fayetteville-based organization is fighting the mental health gap.
They want to help relieve trauma from police brutality and other violence against people of color.
“Now you can just scroll hoping to see something beautiful and you can see all these deaths and it causes trauma. Here at the foundation, we want to prevent that. We want to make sure we provide those. resources and tools, ”Harris explained.
The foundation is launching a new mental health program, which focuses on improving mental health outcomes for African Americans.
“[We are] ensuring our providers are competent and have the resources needed to be successful, ”Harris said.
“We have partnered with MTV, Color of Change, Black Health and other training and education organizations in our mental health program. There are different phases and we are currently in the education phase. Educating people that it’s not always about trauma, but also how we heal, ”Harris added.
The foundation also collaborated with Drs. Calisha Brooks, a psychologist from Ohio, 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.