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Racism is a mental health crisis. It’s time we named it.

We need to call attention to the links between racial injustice and mental health, and to how racism undermines our collective well-being.

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By Dr. Octavio N. Martinez, Jr., Executive Director Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

Octavio N. Martinez, Jr. is the executive director of the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health at The University of Texas at Austin. Established in 1940, the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health envisions a future in which the people of Texas thrive in communities that support mental health and well-being.

“Someday, the pandemic and the recession will be over. When will we be able to declare the same about the racism crisis, and its threat to mental health?”