Talking to Students about Racism

HMS Family,

In light of the terrible and unjust recent events regarding George Floyd, we, your school counselors, wanted to let you know that we are here for you. School counseling offices are safe spaces where you can privately share your experiences.  We are trained in facilitating these discussions and believe in working towards greater degrees of systemic change. It is our job to listen, to see you, to hear you, and to stand with you.

Below you will find a list of resources that we have compiled to help facilitate conversations about race, racism, and to help work towards a better, more understanding society.  We hope that these help, and also hope that you will reach out to any of us for further discussion, support, and love.


Other Resources to Check Out:

The Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation: Actor Taraji P. Henson’s foundation works to end the stigma around mental illness in the African-American community. Earlier in May, the foundation joined with The Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation to provide free access to therapy for people affected by the coronavirus crisis.


Crisis Text Line: On Friday, Crisis Text Line shared a graphic with the caption, “We can’t talk about mental health without addressing factors like systemic racism.” Their free, 24/7 mental health support is available by texting HOME to 741741.