Take Action & Protest 6/30/2018: Family Separations Causing Mental Health Crises | NAMI


UPDATE: June 27, 2018, 10:00 AM ET

A federal judge ruled against Trump’s family separation policy—but we know the administration will fight back.

We have momentum and we cannot slow down now since the the court ruling along isn’t enough and could be overturned. Our mobilization, in over 600 locations around the country and still growing, is critical to showing the widespread public demand for just immigration policies

—because families belong together … and free!

NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, was created based on the foundation of family involvement, and through our years of experience, we believe that strong family support is vital to a child’s long-term mental health.

The forced separation of families is highly stressful and can result in trauma—and these separations can profoundly impact children who do not yet have a mental health condition, as well as those who are experiencing symptoms, by ripping away vital family support.

There is growing evidence that exposing young children to trauma is toxic to the development of their brains. Traumatic experiences can negatively impact development and mental health as children grow.

NAMI joins the American Psychiatric Association, American Psychological Association, American Academy of Family Physicians and others in urging an immediate end to the practice of separating families.

The future well-being of vulnerable children is at stake.

We believe it’s critical to children’s mental health to be with their families and caregivers.


While President Trump’s executive order ended the administration’s separation policy, the future remains unclear for the estimated 2,300 children and their families already affected.

NAMI-NYC works each and every day to support families impacted by mental health issues throughout our richly diverse city and we will not remain silent while our very own government jeopardizes the mental health of thousands of children and families.

On June 30, cities across the country will come together in protest. Let’s stand together so families can stay together.


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