Antiracism

The Mormon Mental Health Association acknowledges the racism that has been a part of Mormon culture and history since the early days of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the harm that this has caused to black and brown individuals and communities. As mental health providers, we highlight the potential impact that institutional apologies could make on the healing and forgiveness process for those who have been harmed. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is an overwhelmingly white organization, particularly in the United States, and especially in leadership positions.  The Mormon Mental Health Association commits to the following initiatives:
  1. We commit to support and address mental health issues related to race, racism, and anti-blackness.  This includes helping white members of the church become aware of the ways anti-blackness informs identity development among members and helping members recognize and understand the ongoing systemic racism that is a part of the institutional church.  This also includes helping people navigate racial identity development as it intersects with their Mormon identity and supporting black and brown Mormons who grapple with the real mental health consequences of ongoing engagement with the LDS church.
  2. We commit to creating and embodying a diverse board and membership of providers who can provide affirming clinical services to church members of color.  This includes recruiting more clinicians of color to effectively and culturally address the needs of members of the faith who continue to experience racial harm.
  3. We commit as providers to do our work deconstructing racism and growing in antiracist practice.  We uphold the best practices and standards of the governing bodies of our profession, which all have position statements on antiracism and diversity, equity, and inclusion (American Counseling Association (ACA), American Psychological Association (APA), National Association of Social Workers (NASW), American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT).
  4. We commit to open communication and ongoing reflection as an organization about our progress and where we can affect change regarding racial issues.  We invite constructive feedback and dialog allowing our organization and practitioners to continually improve our antiracist practice.