Honoring Juneteenth, celebrating Pride and discussing the future of crisis response.
Celebrating Juneteenth Weekend at AFRAM
Juneteenth, recognizes the day that all enslaved African-Americans were finally free - June 19th, 1865, two and half years after the Emancipation Proclamation.
This year, Baltimore City celebrated Juneteenth Weekend at AFRAM, one of the largest African American music and culture festivals on the East Coast. We joined in the festivities with over 100,000 community members at Druid Hill while providing resources to support mental health and wellness.
Celebrating and reflecting during Pride Month
2022 marks the 53rd anniversary of Pride and the return of many in-person celebrations like Baltimore Safe Haven's Trans Pride. And, you can catch us at Carroll County Pride on Saturday, July 9.
And while Pride is a time of celebration for the LGBTQIA+ community, there is no ignoring continued anti-transgender legislation and anti-LGBTQIA+ violence on a national and local level.
So, whether you need support amidst celebrating or know someone in the LGBTQIA+ community who needs support with mental health, resources from these local and national organizations are here to help:
Photo credit: Washington Blade photo by Linus Berggren
9-8-8 is Coming Soon
On July 16, 2022, 988 will become the new three-digit number to call when you need emergency emotional support. 988 is a national network of local mental health responders. When people call, they are connected to specialized counselors who will listen and provide support as well as local behavioral health resources and support systems.
NAMI Baltimore and BHSB hosted a webinar to discuss 988 and efforts to transform our crisis response. Find the full presentation hereand recording of the discussion here.
Shaping the crisis response system: Debriefing on a year of GBRICS community engagement
Monday, June 27, 5-7 p.m.
After a year of community conversations in Baltimore City and Baltimore, Carroll and Howard Counties, BHSB and community leaders will share what they heard, their experience and next steps.