The events of the past few weeks– the protests, violence against peaceful demonstrations, and especially the egregious deaths of George Floyd, Ahmoud Arbery, Breona Taylor, and so many others before them–have affected all of us at Bright Road Recovery.
Like so many in our country and across the world, we find ourselves in a whirlwind of emotions, careening between horror, outrage, grief, empathy, compassion, love, and hope. For many of us coming from a place of privilege, we know the pain that has been visited on our fellow humans based on their skin color is not our pain. At the same time, we know that what hurts one of us, hurts us all.
Bright Road Recovery is committed to our mission to ease suffering, to create a safe and healing space for all those seeking to recover from an eating disorder and the trauma that inevitably precedes the disorder. Recent events have caused us to once again question whether we are doing enough to create an inclusive and informed environment for our patients.
We are heartened by the many declarations of support that have come from all sectors of the nation, as well as the denunciations of brutality and violence against and the oppression of the black community. We stand with all who demand an end to these racial crimes and injustices, and we are proud to add our voices to the rising chorus of those demanding change. It gives us hope that our nation will finally rectify the inequalities that have brought so much harm to so many, and for so long.
We understand, too, that hope is not enough. Bright Road Recovery has recommitted to understanding and utilizing our privilege to speak up, challenge the status quo, and provide an avenue for those whose voices have been silenced to be heard and receive help.
Our work starts with listening. It will continue with concrete changes to support our black patients, staff, and community. Everyone deserves to be safe and included.
On behalf of all of us at Bright Road Recovery:
Black Lives Matter. Your life matters.
Tamson Overholtzer, LMFT, CEDS-S