All of Gigi Crowder’s professional life prepared her to meet the the mental health challenges Americans face right now, with the coronavirus pandemic causing high levels of anxiety and depression and the killings of Black people raising despair about racial injustice and police brutality.
Crowder is the executive director of the Contra Costa chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the country’s largest advocacy organization for people with mental illness and their families. Before NAMI, Crowder worked for 10 years as Alameda County’s Behavior Health Care Services ethnic services manager, where she pushed to provide programs for Black, Asian, LGBTQ and LatinX people and taught implicit bias training to police. A woman “of great faith,” she also chairs a statewide initiative to integrate faith and spirituality into mental health treatment. […]
PUBLISHED: September 6, 2020