“Scientists can say with confidence that racism is bad for Black mental health. Multiple experts using different approaches to studying racism-related problems have determined that racial discrimination is psychologically and physically harmful to Black people. This may seem obvious, but even those of us who are well versed in the research likely fail to fully grasp the depth of these findings.” – Rheeda Walker, PhD
For generations, Black families have suffered unimaginable hurt. From disenfranchisement to police brutality, systemic racism has traumatized so many communities. In these difficult situations, the stigma around mental health is an obstacle that keeps many people from seeking the help they need. In “A Black Psychologist Shares Some Tips on Starting Therapy,” Dr. Walker addresses misconceptions about therapy and how to find support. If you are looking for ways to support Black people in your life, CNN’s article provides helpful guides. If you or your family are looking for mental health resources, this article may be a good place to start!