In honor of National Black History Month
Black Mental Health Matters: Microtrauma and Microaggressions in Communities of Color, Part II
Eunice Peterson, MD, speaker
This is Part II of the Black Mental Health Matters webinar facilitated by Eunice Peterson, MD, a board-certified Adult and Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist. The webinar is an interactive presentation with a Q&A session designed to provide participants with an understanding of how racism impacts mental health.
PART II: Dr. Peterson will present information on how systemic racism and the Black community’s
experience with police brutality (directly and indirectly) impact young people’s mental health,
in particular. Dr. Peterson will examine how racial microtraumas and microaggressions adversely
impact mental health in the African American community. Both Part I and Part II of the series are designed to be informative for those who face mental health challenges and the families and communities that support them.
Watch The Presentation:
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- Mapping Police Violence
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- Sue DW, Capodilupo CM, Torino GC, Bucceri JM, Holder AM, Nadal KL, Esquilin M. Racial microaggressions in everyday life: implications for clinical practice. Am Psychol. 2007 May-Jun;62(4):271-86. doi: 10.1037/0003-066X.62.4.271. PMID: 17516773.
- Alang S, McAlpine D, McCreedy E, Hardeman R. Police Brutality and Black Health: Setting the Agenda for Public Health Scholars. Am J Public Health. 2017 May;107(5):662-665. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2017.303691. Epub 2017 Mar 21. PMID: 28323470; PMCID: PMC5388955. Saban, K. L., Mathews, H. L., DeVon, H. A., & Janusek, L. W. (2014). Epigenetics and social context: implications for disparity in cardiovascular disease. Aging and disease, 5(5), 346–355. https://doi.org/10.14336/AD.2014.0500346.
- Racial Microaggressions in Everyday Life | Psychology Today. EJ1063228.pdf (ed.gov)
- Know their names: Black people killed by the police in the US (aljazeera.com)
- Kennedy School Study Links Police Violence to Diminished Educational Outcomes and Student Trauma | News | The Harvard Crimson (thecrimson.com) White people assume niceness is the answer to racial inequality. It's not | Robin diAngelo | US news | The Guardian
- Discuss the history that informs the barriers to seeking mental healthcare in the Black community/communities of color and to learn some of the ways in which racism impacts mental health.
- Describe the key determinants of racial equity in delivering mental health services and sensitize healthcare professionals to the equity challenges across race in mental health services.
- Identify ways in which police brutality and other forms of institutional racism impact the mental health in the Black community and communities of color.
- Provide patient/patient communities and mental healthcare providers with insights into how micro trauma and microaggressions (related to racism) impact mental health.
- How black mental health matters micro trauma and microaggressions (related to racism) impact the mental health of students in the classroom.