A Message from the Director and Resources

Dear San Bernardino County Family,

As we grapple with the current social climate, the outrage, the pain and the anger, San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health reminds everyone that whatever you are feeling is normal.

Race-related stress is a significantly more powerful risk factor for general psychological distress than all other traumatic life events. These volatile times in the midst of the COVID19 crisis is a further impact on distress. Here are some things to consider:

  1. Racism and discrimination have detrimental impacts to mental health.
  2. Research shows that having psychological resources has a direct effect on minimizing distress.
  3. Having positive social resources has a significant stress suppressing effect on race-related stress.
  4. The same tools we use to address trauma in general are effective for dealing with race-related stress.
  5. Do the research to help you understand causes for racial divides, from viewpoints that may differ from your own personal experiences.
  6. Combat racism in your personal life and speak up. Silence can be interpreted as support.

Additional resources for taking care of your behavioral health during this time are listed below

As always, thank you for all that you do every day for all of the people we serve and for each other! Remember that we are all in this together!

Veronica Kelley, DSW, LCSW