The death of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter movement has encouraged us to have difficult conversations. As uncomfortable as these conversations can be, it has also been an opportunity to gain new knowledge, build understanding, and make progress in our personal and professional lives.
A topic that became centre of attention for many of us last summer is the term psychologists refer to as, ‘racial trauma’. For many people, last year was the first time they had openly acknowledged and discussed the existence of racial trauma. This created a space where people were able to make sense of their lived experiences. For others, educating themselves on this topic helped to inform them of how they could support others.
Even so, talking about the intersection between race and mental health is not just a one-time thing, it’s an ongoing challenge that affects the day to day lives of people from racialised communities, so let’s keep the conversation going.
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