May 25th, 2022
Statement from NAMI Seattle staff on the mass shootings in Uvalde, Texas and Buffalo, New York.
There are no words left to describe the depth and tragedy of the losses suffered in the Uvalde and Buffalo massacres. Gun violence is a public health crisis. Racism is a public health crisis.
We mourn with, and stand in solidarity with, all those affected by these incalculable losses, and those living with the trauma and the grief that come from the oppressive epidemics of gun violence and white supremacy.
When our nation experiences a mass shooting, we look for answers, for something or someone to blame. Often, these conversations turn to mental illness. Laying the blame for mass shootings on mental illness overlooks the violent and oppressive systems that continue to allow such shootings to take place, and directly harms and stigmatizes those living with mental health conditions. People with mental illness are more likely to be victims of violence rather than perpetrators of violence.
As we advocate for mental health care for all, we stand against white supremacy and gun violence. We encourage you to learn more about mental illness, reach out to your support systems, educate yourself on anti-racism, and use your voice.
In grief and solidarity,
NAMI Seattle Team